Safe Alcohol Consumption in the Summer
By David Puck, TAM® Program Director
Reprinted with the permission from MLBA
Many activities involve heat, physical exertion and sweating can cause people to drink more and become intoxicated more quickly. It is probably safe to assume that when people are recreating and enjoying these activities, they are drinking as well.
TAM® teaches staff ways to find out what a customer has been doing before they got to your establishment. Based upon a server’s or seller’s findings, how the customer is treated and served after that can and should differ. It’s always best to generalize as much as possible about any activity that a customer has been doing. Below are some typical summer activities and some safe assumptions that a bartender, server or seller can make for each.
Yard Work/Home Improvement
Above are just three examples of typical activities that a server may come across this summer. It’s important to remember that alcohol can affect different people in many ways and even a single person differently based on what they’ve been doing. It’s always a good idea to offer water to a customer, but especially during these warm months. Food is also a very important determinate when it comes to the effects of alcohol. If a customer has not eaten, it will help control their intoxication if they do.
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