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ERIC Number: ED537630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Responsible Hospitality. Prevention Updates
Colthurst, Tom
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
Responsible Hospitality (RH)--also called Responsible Beverage Service (RBS)--encompasses a variety of strategies for reducing risks associated with the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. RH programs have three goals: (1) to prevent illegal alcohol service to minors; (2) to reduce the likelihood of drinkers becoming intoxicated; and (3) to prevent those who are impaired from harming themselves or others. Research literature suggests that properly implemented and enforced RH strategies can reduce the incidence of intoxication and adverse alcohol-related consequences. RH strategies include policies and practices designed to prevent alcohol sales to minors and intoxicated guests, thereby reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm and resultant civil and criminal liabilities. Campuses can implement RH for commercial settings on campus and for campus-recognized functions regardless of location. They can also join communitywide coalitions to support RH policies. The following three approaches are recommended: (1) Adopt and enforce RH guidelines for on-campus venues that sell or serve alcohol, including cultural and sports facilities (both inside at concession stands and in VIP clubs and luxury boxes and outside where tailgating is permitted), faculty clubs, dining facilities, and student unions; (2) Adopt and enforce RH guidelines for parties sponsored by campus-recognized student organizations such as fraternities and sororities, sports teams, clubs, and other student activities; and (3) Join in partnerships with other community stakeholders to promote RH policies and enforcement at off-campus venues such as bars, restaurants, special events, and retail (off-sale) outlets. (Contains 7 resources.)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)