RESPONSIBLE BEVERAGE SERVER (RBS) TRAINING
The goal of Responsible Beverage Server (RBS) Training is to decrease the number of illegal alcohol sales to underage youth and intoxicated patrons through education programs that:
- Help managers and servers/sellers understand state, community, and establishment-level alcohol policies and potential consequences for failing to comply with such policies (e.g., criminal or civil liability, job loss, etc.)
- Provide the necessary skills to comply with these policies
Research has established RBS programs are effective when used as part of a comprehensive prevention program.
■ Research from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) demonstrates RBS can prevent the sale of alcohol to intoxicated persons and impaired driving.
■ A 2015 study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) found RBS is associated with significantly reduced per capita beer consumption and fatal crash ratios. PIRE reported State RBS Laws are associated with saving 83 lives annually in the 37 states & D.C. that currently have laws, & stated if the remaining 14 states adopted RBS laws an additional 28 lives could potentially be saved.
■ Long-term effects of a community-wide RBS training intervention, as reported in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol (1999), revealed >1-year after participating in RBS, trainees continued to report higher levels of acceptable serving behavior such as checking IDs, dealing with patrons showing the early effects of alcohol and dealing with intoxicated patrons.
Currently, Kentucky has no state legislation addressing this issue, though server training is required if licensees have been cited and are requesting a reduction in or suspension of the fine and/or down time. Click here to see a list of RBS Ordinances in Kentucky, or to download the Alcohol PES RBS Fact Sheet.
The Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control provides RBS Training through their own program, called S.T.A.R. (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations). Servers/ sellers may also obtain RBS Training through Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS), ServSafe; or various other programs offered by their employers.
For more information on requirements in your community, contact your local municipal government.
INFORMATION INCLUDED IN SERVER TRAINING:
- The importance of checking age identification of customers who appear under age 30.
- How to identify fake IDs and what to do once false identification is confiscated.
- How to recognize situations in which adults are buying alcohol for underage youth.
- How to identify customers who are intoxicated.
- How to refuse service to underage youth and intoxicated customers.
RBS LINKS AND OTHER RESOURCES:
- Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Education Branch
- Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS), a project of the NIAAA, Beverage Server Training Policy Description
■ 4243 alcohol-related collisions occurred on KY roadways, killing 171 and injuring 1974. KSP, 2016
■ 320 deaths (23% of all KY overdose deaths) were attributed to alcohol overdoses. KY Office of the State Medical Examiner Report, 2016
■ 1 in 5 (19%) 10th graders reported alcohol use, and 1 in 7 (15%) said they’d been drunk in the last 30-days. KIP, 2016
■ 1 in 3 (32%) of 18-24 year olds and 15% of adults reported high-risk binge drinking in the last 30-days. National Survey on Drug Use & Health; KY BRFSS Report, 2015
■ 1 in 2 (52%) 10th graders and 2 in 3 (67%) of 12th graders said alcohol is easy to access. KIP, 2016
■ 90% alcohol retailers checked in 2017 were in-compliance and refused to sell alcohol to youth under-21. KY ABC, 2017