Healthy Acadia Offers Responsible Alcohol Server and Seller Trainings
October 14, 2013

Healthy Acadia, a community health coalition serving the Downeast Acadia region, is sponsoring several upcoming Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Trainings (RBS) for alcohol retail stores, restaurants and bars across Hancock County. The trainings enable staff to better prevent violations of liquor laws and serve alcohol safely, with an emphasis on preventing underage and high-risk drinking.

"All our front end staff participate in Healthy Acadia's Alcohol Server Training sessions. We appreciate the useful information that these forums provide to our servers and that after training, we have confidence in our employees serving alcohol in a safe and legal manner," stated Lisa Burton, co-owner of Reel Pizza in Bar Harbor. All trainings are open to staff throughout Hancock County.

On-Premise Trainings are for employees of restaurants and bars. An upcoming training will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd (9:30am to 2:00pm) at Ellsworth City Hall.
Off-Premise Trainings are for employees of retail and liquor stores. An Off-Premise Training will be held on Thursday, October 24th (8:30am to 1:00pm) at Ellsworth City Hall.

The cost of the training is $25 per person, and all participants must be registered prior to the starting time. To register or for more information, contact Nikki Fox at 667-7171 or nikki@healthyacadia.org.

Veteran instructor Frank Lyons leads the trainings and teaches attendees how to implement safe business practices within the workplace. Lyons, a former liquor inspector, guides participants through numerous scenarios, examines fake identification cards, reviews excerpts from the Maine liquor laws, and discusses all the factors that are needed to ensure that alcohol is handled safely.

"State certified RBS training is the cornerstone for licensees to build policies that prevent unnecessary violations, civil suits and tragedies that occur with the unlawful sale of alcohol,” explains instructor Frank Lyons. “The Seller-Server Training programs were designed for the one purpose of helping licensees and their employees stay compliant and avoid those consequences through solid training supported by a sound written policy.”

Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building healthier communities by connecting individuals with health supports, building partnerships, coordinating education and prevention services, and improving policies and environments. Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving the Downeast-Acadia region and is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Hancock County.