Trainings to prevent underage drinking offered

Posted:  Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm
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Healthy Lincoln County and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office are working together to provide local restaurants, bars, and stores with Responsible Beverage Seller/Server training this spring.

Two separate trainings will be offered; the first is offered on May 29 at Brady’s Restaurant in Boothbay Harbor, the second on June 19 at the LincolnHealth Education Center in Damariscotta. Both trainings run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Advanced registration through Healthy Lincoln County is required by calling 563-1330. The training costs $15 per person and is valid for three years. Participants must present a state-issued photo ID at the time of training.

The trainings are taught by Chief Deputy Rand Maker and Sgt. Mark Bridgham, and are part of a larger initiative to reduce drunk driving, binge drinking, and youth’s access to alcohol. Participants will gain knowledge on safe serving practices, identifying false ID’s, assessing for intoxication, preventing sales to minors, and more.

“Many businesses are preparing to open for the summer season, and they are hiring new sellers and servers that may not be used to checking ID’s, and may not know Maine’s liquor laws. We recommend that businesses send their staff to a seller/server training to ensure that they have the knowledge and information necessary to serve alcohol safely this summer,” says Jess Breithaupt of Healthy Lincoln County.

Healthy Lincoln County is available as a resource to business owners and community members interested in learning more about the risks of alcohol consumption and detecting alcohol impairment in the workplace. If your business would like to schedule a Seller/Server training please contact Jess Breithaupt for more information at jbreithaupt@healthylincolncounty.org or call 563-1330.