Create and maintain alcohol sales and services policies that every staffer must follow.

Best practice is to card everyone, regardless of age.

Make sure your policy answers these questions:

  • What perceived age triggers an ID check?
  • What are acceptable forms of ID, and when is a second form of ID required?
  • What should be done if an ID appears to be fake or if a 3rd party sale (“shoulder-tap”) is suspected?
  • When and how should a sale be refused?
  • What records and supervisor notification are required when problems occur?
  • What are the consequences if staff fail to check IDs?
  • And don’t forget to list the state and local laws your employees need to understand!

Display “we check ID” signage in your store

Alcopops are sweet, sugary drinks that contain alcohol, such as spiked lemonades and seltzers. They are more appealing to youth, because of their bright packaging and sweet flavor.

Make alcopops less accessible to youth by:

  • Not selling alcopops at your store.
  • Separating alcopops from soda, juice, and candy.
  • Removing alcopop advertisements from store fronts.

Host a Project Alcopop Sticker Shock (PASS) event at your retail location.

  • High school students from Asheville Buncombe Futures Movement will sticker all alcopop style beverages within the retailer. Stickers remind buyers that it is illegal to purchase, provide or sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Event is covered by local media

The Partnership can provide further training for retailers and staff. If you would like more information on merchant education, signage or how you can make a difference in your community.

Contact us or call 828-348-2641.