TABC Certification - Alcohol Seller-Server Training Resources

The following Texas TABC Alcohol Safety Resources are designed to provide alcohol service employees with up-to-date information:

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Alcohol Safety Awareness & Abuse Organizations

Federal & State Government Alcohol Regulatory Agencies

Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Alaska Department of Public Safety, Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control

Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF)
This Web site provides information on the BATF, its programs, and publications.

California Alcoholic Beverage Control:

Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor Enforcement Division:

Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS)
COPS is the Federal office that coordinates community policing efforts. The Web site includes information on COPS grantees and innovative programs and resources on community policing. Resources include promising practices, curriculum, publications, and links to other community policing Web sites.

Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection - Liquor Control Division

This comprehensive Web site for law enforcement officers provides a variety of resources, including a directory of law enforcement agencies on the Web, criminal justice Web resources, and legal Web resources.

Hawaii - Honolulu Liquor Commission (City and County)

Hawaii: County of Kauai Liquor Commission

Hawaii: County of Maui Department of Liquor Control

Hawaii: Department of Liquor Control, County of Hawaii

Idaho State Liquor Dispensary, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division

Illinois Liquor Control Commission:

Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division

Kansas Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control:

Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations

Maryland - Montgomery County Dept. Of Liquor Control

Maryland Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury

Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission

Michigan Liquor Control Commission,1607,7-154-10570---,00.html

Minnesota Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement:

Minneapolis Alcohol Service Training Resources

Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Montana Liquor License Bureau

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
NCPC's online resource center provides information on NCPC's programs, publications, and media campaigns. In addition, one can find factsheets and program ideas on crime prevention areas, such as neighborhood organizing, youth mobilization, and bias crime. Crime prevention links for law enforcement, children, and adults are also included.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
NCJRS, an Office of Justice Programs resource, offers juvenile and criminal justice information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

National Home Security Alliance
A resource hub for learning more about hazards around your house or apartment, and our data and recommendations can help you keep your home and your family safe.

National Liquor Law Enforcement Association
The National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) is a non-profit association of law enforcement personnel dedicated to the enforcement of liquor laws and regulations.

Nebraska Liquor Control Commission:

Nevada: Department of Taxation
All beverage alcohol permits are regulated by each individual county.

New Hampshire State Liquor Commission

New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control

New Mexico Department of Public Safety, Special Investigations Division

New York Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control State Liquor Authority:

North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement,000005,000272,000273

North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner, Alcohol Tax Section

Office on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The Web site provides information about the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative and its other programs and publications.

Ohio Department of Commerce, Division Of Liquor Control

Oklahoma ABLE Commission:

Oklahoma Tax Commission

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (Control State):

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Liquor Control Administration

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States presented in over 600 tables from more than 100 sources. The online version is maintained and updated more frequently than the print version.

South Dakota Department of Revenue, Division of Special Taxes & Licensing

Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission:

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Vermont Department of Liquor Control

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Control State):

Washington Business License Services, Department of Licensing

Wisconsin Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement, Department of Revenue

Wyoming Liquor Commission

Miscellaneous Alcohol Safety Organizations & Sites

Beer Institute -
Beer Institute is the trade association for the brewing industry, representing brewers, importers, and industry suppliers. Beer Institute is committed to the development of sound public policy and values of civic duty and personal responsibility.

The Century Council - -
The Century Council, launched in May 1991 and funded by distillers fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, is a national, independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and to promoting responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol. Since 1991, The Council?s funding companies have invested more than $160 million in programs that fight against the misuse of their products.

DISCUS - Distilled Spirits Council of the United States - -
The Distilled Spirits Council is a national trade association representing America?s leading distillers and nearly 80% of all distilled spirits brands sold in this country. The Council serves as the distillers? voice in federal and state capitals on legislative, policy and responsibility issues impacting the hospitality industry. Our strong commitment to responsibility is the foundation of everything we do as an organization and as an industry. The spirits industry has initiated and supported responsibility programs throughout the decades to encourage adults who choose to drink to do so responsibly and to fight all forms of alcohol abuse. - -
Created buy DIAGEO, the world's leading premium drink business, is a global resource that helps combat alcohol misuse and promote responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives. Ultimately it will have over 20 specific country sites in 15 languages as well as a global site.

iMi - Incentive Marketing, Inc. - -
iMi is the Chain Hospitality segment leader in third-party consulting services in Building Better Beverage Business with beverage alcohol. As Marriott International's beverage agency, iMi created the industry's first supplier supported Beverage Program in 1990. Since then, iMi has continued to pioneer the development of custom Beverage Programs for other lodging, casual dining, fine dining and concession Chain Hospitality Operators. iMi?s complete Beverage Programs include operations tools, like - , (co-developed with Health Communications, Inc.) that provides guidance on the sales and service of beverage alcohol across all 50 states. For more information about iMi Agency, please visit - or call 770.928.1980.

NACS - National Association of Convenience Stores - -
NACS, the association for convenience and petroleum retailing, was founded on August 14, 1961, as the National Association of Convenience Stores. An international trade association representing more than 2,200 retail and 1,800 supplier member companies, NACS is an advocate for the convenience and petroleum retailing industry by providing industry information, knowledge and connections to ensure the competitive viability of its members? businesses. The U.S. convenience store industry, with over 145,000 stores across the country, posted $569.4 billion in total sales in 2006, with $405.8 billion in motor fuels sales.

NHTSA - Impaired Driving Division -
The Impaired Driving Division at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeks to work cooperatively to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related healthcare and economic costs resulting from impaired driving (alcohol and other drugs). NHTSA collaborates with many criminal justice and community organizations to sponsor impaired driving campaigns such as You Drink & Drive. You Lose., Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk and Zero Tolerance Means Zero Chances.

National Registry of Food Safety Professionals -
The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals develops and maintains certification examination programs in the food safety profession. National Registry is recognized internationally by the food service industry for its tests and service delivery standards and practices. The Certified Food Safety Manager examination is accredited by the American National Standards Institute under standards established by the Conference for Food Protection. That accreditation makes National Registry's exam acceptable in all states and jurisdictions that recognize those standards set by ANSI and CFP, and is an assurance of quality in the development and maintenance of the exams.

The Online Alcohol Resource Center -
At times, making the right choices about alcohol can be difficult, whether it's someone trying to change their lifestyle or heading off to school for the first time. Often, it feels like excessive drinking is impossible to avoid, but that doesn't need to be the case. There are people and communities ready to stand beside you. At, we are committed to providing you with the tools to make wise decisions without jeopardizing your social life!

OnSite Restaurant Consulting -
OnSite Consulting is a nationwide restaurant consulting company providing services for new, growth, redevelopment and turnaround projects. Implementing strong Restaurant Revenue Management Strategies to drive revenues, increase performance and create a turnkey and automated unit that delivers strong financial returns year after year. Our results show on the bottom line.

Responsible Bartenders of America (RBA) -
Responsible Bartenders of America, LLC (RBA) is an organization designed to offer benefits to service industry professionals who practice responsible alcohol service. RBA has teamed up with TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS), the global leader in alcohol server training, so insurance carriers have the confidence to protect you, the responsible server. In addition, RBA members are eligible for many benefits, including personal liability insurance (an RBA exclusive service); health, legal, and auto coverage at affordable prices; access to a service industry-specific network; and the opportunity to share in a customized specialty drink list. Why have your own liability insurance? As a server, YOU are responsible for the individuals you serve and, potentially, for their actions. RBA is prepared to protect its members by offering individual liability insurance. This is valuable protection in the event that you are ever sued. It means that you would have the assistance of a lawyer to represent you and protect you personally against financial loss or jail time. Although bar and restaurant owners are typically required to have liability insurance, the establishment�s lawyer is primarily concerned with the establishment, not you, the server. -
RunningRestaurants is a membership website that provides operational content to restaurant and bar owners, operators, and chefs. Our information covers all front of the house and back of the house subjects with 500+ articles, 20+ hours of audio/video content, interviews, Q & A sessions, downloads, and much more. The contributors and writers consist of the industries top experts in a variety of subjects including marketing, operations, people & staffing and more. We are here to help restaurants survive and thrive with the most relevant and up to date information available! -
RestaurantReport is a free operational website for restaurant owners and operators. Operating for 12+ years has been able to provide restaurants with the news and tools needed to maximize profits. We specialize in providing the independent restaurateur with the tips and insight on how to successfully operate restaurants. For more information from one of longest running and most respected independent restaurant publications please visit our website.

United States Indoor Sports Association -
The United States Indoor Sports Association is dedicated to serving the interests of its core members, primarily consisting of indoor sports facilities. Members attain benefits through a variety of educational and affinity programs, publications, and affiliated business resources. Such resources run from building contractors, to flooring and dasherboard manufacturers, to scoreboards, business software, consulting, insurance and marketing services, youth programs, sports equipment, group buying programs, player cards, referee certification and much more. USIndoor?s marquee event is its annual conference and trade show, held each June. An estimated 25% of USIndoor members serve alcohol.

We Don't Serve Teens - -
The We Don't Serve Teens program, developed by the Federal Trade Commission, provides parents and others with tools and information to reduce teen drinking and related harm. The program includes a website, - as well as free point-of-sale and other campaign materials. Anyone concerned about teen alcohol use is welcome to use these materials.

Alcohol Safety Glossary and Acronyms

ABC - Alcoholic Beverage Control

Absolute alcohol - ethyl alcohol that contains no more than one percent by weight of water -- also called dehydrated alcohol.

Acute alcohol problem - Problem resulting from the ingestion of a certain acute dose of alcohol and perhaps in a particular context or circumstance, but not from chronic ingestion.

Addiction - dependence on a substance (such as alcohol or other drugs) or an activity, to the point that stopping is very difficult and causes severe physical and mental reactions.

Aggregate consumption level - Specifically, the level of alcohol consumption within the population, expressed in terms of overall consumption and per capita consumption.

Alcohol - the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors; drink (as whiskey or beer) containing ethanol.

Alcoholics Anonymous - a worldwide organization devoted to the treatment of alcoholism through self-help groups and adherence to its principles.

Alcoholic - one affected with alcoholism.

Alcoholism - continued excessive or compulsive use of alcoholic drinks; a chronic, progressive, potentially fatal, psychological and nutritional disorder associated with excessive and usually compulsive drinking of ethanol and characterized by frequent intoxication leading to dependence on or addiction to the substance, impairment of the ability to work and socialize, destructive behaviors (as drunken driving), tissue damage (as cirrhosis of the liver), and severe withdrawal symptoms upon detoxification.

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy- heart damage and failure caused by intake of too much alcohol.

Alcoholic cirrhosis - a disease involving scarring and deterioration of liver cells as a result of chronic alcohol abuse.

Alcohol control policy - A set of regulations and other measures restricting or otherwise controlling the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, often administered by specific government agencies.

Alcoholic dementia - a condition in which chronic alcohol abuse produces cognitive deficits such as difficulties in problem solving and memory.

Alcohol dependence - A need for repeated doses of alcohol to feel good or to avoid feeling bad.

Alcohol hepatitis- A disease involving inflammation of the liver as a result of chronic alcohol abuse.

Alcohol-related harm - Any of the range of adverse effects of drinking alcohol experienced by the drinker or by other people.

Alcohol tolerance (metabolic tolerance) - need to consume larger amounts in order to feel effects, which causes the liver to become less efficient.

Alcohol withdrawal syndrome - Happens within 24-96 hours from last drink. More common general reactions to the cessation of alcohol consumption in an alcoholic. It is characterized by physiological discomfort, seizures, and sleep disturbances.

Barley malt - barley after it has been soaked in water, sprouts have grown, sprouts have been removed, and the mixture has been dried and crushed to a powder.

BASSET - Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training

Beer - malt & sprouted grain, combined with water, hops, and yeast.

Binge drinking - when a woman has 4+ drinks or a man has 5+ drinks at a sitting within a 2 week period who normally do not drink.

Blackout - amnesia for events occurring during the period of alcoholic intoxication, even though consciousness had been maintained at that time.

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) - the number of grams of alcohol in the blood relative to 100 mililiters of blood, expressed as a percentage.

Blood alcohol level (BAL) - the level of alcohol in your blood.

Brewing - the process of producing beer from barley grain.

Brief intervention - Specifically, a treatment strategy in which structured therapy of short duration (typically 5-30 minutes) is offered with the aim of assisting an individual to cease or reduce the use of alcohol.

Codependency - a concept that individuals who live with a person having an alcohol (or other drug) dependence suffer themselves from difficulties of self-image and social independence.

Distillation - a process by which fermented liquid is boiled then cooled, so that the condensed product contains a higher alcoholic concentration than before.

Distilled spirits - the liquid product of distillation, also knows as liquor.

Dose-response relationship - Specifically, the relationship between alcohol consumption and a range of positive and negative consequences for the individual and society, including physical illnesses, accidents, violence and mortality.

Drinking pattern - The pattern of drinking, including frequency of drinking and quantity drunk per occasion and over time. The pattern represented by the average intake of alcohol per day or year.

DUI - abbreviation for driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol); each state varies in their definition and percentage.

DWI - abbreviation for driving while intoxicated; each state varies in their definition and percentage.

Drunk driving - The act of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The criminal action of driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level (BAL) over a specified limit.

Early intervention - A therapeutic strategy that combines early detection of hazardous or harmful alcohol use and treatment of those involved. Treatment is offered or provided before such time as patients might present of their own volition and in many cases before they are aware that their alcohol use might cause problems. It is directed particularly at individuals who have not developed physical dependence or major psychosocial complications.

Ethyl or Ethanol alcohol - the product of fermentation of natural sugars. It is generally referred to simply as alcohol.

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) - a highly variable group of birth defects including mental retardation, deficient growth, and defects of the skull, face, and brain that tend to occur in the infants of women who consume large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy.

Fetal alcohol effect (FAE) - a cognitive deficiency in the offspring of an alcoholic mother. It is considered less serious than FAS.

Fermentation - the process of converting natural sugars into ethyl alcohol by the action of yeast. Natural stopping point is at 15%.

Fortification - the process of adding alcohol to increase content percentage.

Hangover - withdrawal symptoms from prior alcohol consumption (ex. headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach irritation..)

Harmful use - Specifically, a pattern of alcohol use that causes damage to health. The damage may be physical (e.g. liver cirrhosis following alcohol use) or psychological (e.g. depressive episodes secondary to heavy alcohol intake).

Hazardous use - Specifically, a pattern of alcohol use that increases the risk of harmful consequences for the user. Some would limit the consequences to physical and mental health (as in harmful use); some would also include social consequences. In contrast to harmful use, hazardous use refers to patterns of use that are of public health significance despite the absence of any current disorder in the individual user.

Intoxication - over indulgence in alcoholic beverages.

Legal drinking age - The age below which people are prohibited by law from purchasing alcohol.\

Mutual-help group - Specifically, a group in which participants support each other in recovering or maintaining recovery from alcohol dependence or problems, or from the effects of another's dependence, without professional therapy or guidance.

Prohibition - Specifically, a policy under which the cultivation, manufacture, and/or sale (and sometimes use) of alcohol is forbidden (although pharmaceutical sales are usually permitted).

RBS - Responsible Beverage Service

Reverse tolerance - one who needs less of the substance to feel the effects.

TABC - Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

VASAP - Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program

Werniche-Korsakoff Syndrome - a condition resulting from chronic alcohol consumption characterized by disorientation, cognitive deficits, amnesia, and motor difficulty.

Wine - made from a variety of ingredients which is then fermented where the alcohol level is 12-18% naturally unless fortified.

Miscellaneous Alcohol and Food Safety Training Network

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