Hospitality industry teams up with state, municipal leaders to combat underage drinking, overconsumption issues
October 26, 2010
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DES PLAINES—As Red Ribbon Week gets underway throughout the nation, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) met today with nearly 400 North/Northwest Suburban municipal officials and liquor establishment employees to discuss how to reduce alcohol-related deaths and injuries. Hosted by the City of Des Plaines, the ILCC partnered with a variety of municipalities from throughout the Chicago area to encourage liquor-selling business owners and their employees to attend this important summit.
Naperville Mayor George Pradel provided welcoming comments at the morning session (see www.DontBeSorry.org/N-NWRegionalAgenda.pdf for the meeting agenda), while Illinois House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang did the same during the afternoon (www.DontBeSorry.org/N-NWLicenseeAgenda.pdf).
“We are more effective in combating underage drinking and overconsumption issues when everyone pulls from the same rope,” says Rep. Lang. “Ultimately, the message we are amplifying today is this: For those who wish to skirt the law, our state’s liquor licensees are working in tandem with all levels of government to stop you from doing so.”
During the meeting, ILCC staff emphasized the importance of proper alcohol sales and service. “Complying with the law is more than just about saving a few dollars,” says ILCC Agent Supervisor Gary Doyle. “It can mean saving a life. As you can see by the attendance in this room, we have many business owners, store managers, and alcohol sellers/servers who understand this responsibility.”
Held every year during the last week of October, Red Ribbon Week is designed to discourage young people’s use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. This year, millions of Americans will wear red ribbons and participate in community events such as this Des Plaines seminar. “By hosting this meeting during Red Ribbon Week, we are sending a valuable reminder about the dangers of underage drinking,” says Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan. “Protecting our citizens should be our number one priority, and this meeting on responsible alcohol sales and service will go a long way toward doing just that.”
One topic, in particular, was discussed in detail – the ILCC’s Beverage Alcohol Seller/Server Education and Training (BASSET) program. Currently, the BASSET curriculum is required for liquor retailers in approximately one hundred Illinois communities, plus many corporate business chains.
“BASSET provides important tips and tools on how to prevent minors from accessing alcohol,” says BASSET Manager Lee Roupas. “Additionally, retailers can learn how to do prevent their customers from behaving in an unsafe manner, which ultimately lowers their insurance costs and exposure to lawsuits.”
To learn more about Illinois’ alcohol seller/server training, please click on the BASSET Program link. You can also peruse detailed information on the consequences of underage drinking by accessing the ILCC's www.DontBeSorry.org website.
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