Once someone has made the decision to work in the hospitality industry, serving alcohol and have completed the mandatory Responsible Service of Alcohol course, it is important that they learn the facts about drinking and how to answer a customers questions.
Some of the following facts you may already know, but if you don’t they should prove useful in helping you be a better barmen/waitron etc.
- Is all alcohol safe for human consumption? No. Alcohol that people can drink is called ethyl or ethanol alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol or Rubbing alcohol is not for drinking
- How long will the alcohol stay in my system? It all depends on how much alcohol you consumed and how fast; it also depends on some other factors like weight and sex.
- What exactly do they mean by “Proof”? Alcohol proof is the amount of alcohol in the liquor or liqueur. It is twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. Example: 80-proof means 40% alcohol by volume, 100-proof is 50%, 151-proof is 75.5%, etc.
- Can I get more drunk by mixing drinks? No. The alcohol in the drinks makes you drunk not the different kinds.
- Will drinking a lot of coffee or taking a really cold shower help me sober up quickly? No, they won’t. The only thing that can help you sober up is “time.” Coffee and a cold shower might help you stay awake, but they won’t help you sober up.
- Does eating a lot of food before drinking help keep me from getting drunk? Eating before drinking slows down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. You will get drunk, but it will take a little bit longer.
Drinkers should always be encouraged to eat and to pace themselves. They should also be encouraged to drink water and stay hydrated because alcohol actually dehydrates you.
Also keep in mind that alcohol can be a poison. If you drink too much too fast, it can kill you. Please encourage customers to drink with moderation and responsibly.
Other Things to keep in mind:
- Carbonated mixed drinks get people drunk faster than non-carbonated.
- Mixing different kinds of drinks doesn’t get a person more drunk. The amount of alcohol does.
- Coffee and a cold shower won’t help anyone sober up.
- The only thing that can help you/ your patrons sober up is “time” but avoid binge drinking anyway.
- Never drink and drive or allow customers to do so.
- Always refuse alcohol service to unduly intoxicated or underage patrons.
Complete your Responsible Service of Alcohol before beginning work in a licensed venue. Find out more here.