Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by youth in Los Angeles County? Phoenix House of Los Angeles’ Prevention staff encourages local liquor shops not to sell to minors via the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) Training and Sticker Stock campaign in Pacoima and Arleta. Responsible Beverage Service (RBS) training is a community-based approach to promote public safety and reduce the risks associated with the retail alcohol environment. The campaign, funded and supported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Use Prevention and Control, ensures that establishments serve and sell alcohol responsibly and within state and federal rules and regulations.
RBS has three essential elements: the adoption of an alcohol-service policy for alcoholic beverage licensed establishments; server education and guidance; and the development of partnerships among law enforcement, local government, and community groups. Training programs for store managers and owners teach how to: prevent excessive alcohol consumption among clients, refuse service to intoxicated patrons, prevent intoxicated individuals from driving, and minimize harm from excessive drinking that has already occurred.
Thus far, the program has proven to be successful by reducing the intoxication level of consumers, preventing intoxicated consumers from purchasing alcohol and getting behind the wheel, and providing safe drinking information. Additionally, store theft/loss is reduced, community support is built, and more Los Angeles Police Department compliance checks are passed. The Prevention staff presents Gold and Silver Awards to vendors who meet particular criteria.
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