TIPS Training for Our Servers: Why is this Crucial?

By Libby Baker, SAPC West Coordinator

For Substance Abuse Prevention Month, LUK is featuring a series of blogs specially discussing substance abuse prevention activities.

It doesn’t matter what bar you go into in the United States, I’m willing to bet that your bartender is going to be TIPS trained (Trainings for Intervention ProcedureS).

This training started in 1982 by Dr. Morris Chafetz. Dr. Chafetz helped found the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and served as the first director. He developed this program to help bartenders and servers be more confident in their abilities and to prevent the patrons of restaurants from drinking in excess.

This training comes with many benefits for the business, staff, and community. For the businesses, TIPS Training helps with liability concerns, prevents property damage, and legal problems. Not only does TIPS training prevent insurance increases, but can qualify a business for insurance discounts. This training can also help with regulation and with making the establishment more welcoming for customers.The staff the benefit from increasing their skills, and learning how to protect themselves and their employer from legal action in the case of over-serving or serving alcohol to an underage person. Even better, TIPS training may even help increase tips by strengthening their professionalism!

Lastly, TIPS training helps the community by improving education surrounding underage drinking and over-indulgence. Well-trained servers help to decrease the chance of someone driving while intoxicated. This leads to fewer accidents and fewer deaths and injuries, meaning more people can travel safely.

The cost for TIPS training varies by location. However, LUK Prevention staff members qualified to provide TIPS training at a discount to organizations in Fitchburg/Leominster area.  Please call 800-579-0000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about TIPS, please visit www.gettips.com. For more information about LUK’s Substance Abuse Prevention Services, please visit www.LUK.org/Prevention, call 800-579-0000, or like the Prevention Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LUKPrevention.

Check back next week for information on the connection between mental health and substance use disorders.

All information taken from the www.gettips.com site.

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