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Responsible Alcohol Retail Courses

Responsible Sale of Alcohol

Licensees must ensure their staff are appropriately trained and that they are aware of their responsibilities related to the responsible sale of alcohol.

Drunkenness is defined as a state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcohol to a degree that mental and physical facilities are noticeably impaired.

The safe service of alcohol is of vital importance to those in the licence trade – failure to act in a responsible manor when selling alcohol can result in fines, loss of license and the potential closure of the business. For instance, one of the licensing objectives within the Licencing Act 2003 is the protection of children. If an underage sale takes place the following penalties may ensue:
A fine of up to £5,000 for the member of staff who sells the alcohol- or a fixed fine of £80 and the fine may also be applied to the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). The premises licence may also be reviewed, which could result in closure and defendants may have to pay the court costs.

The responsible sale of alcohol is important for all levels of the hospitality, tourism and licensed service industries to minimise the risk of alcohol-related problems associated with the use and abuse of alcohol by any person.

Drunkenness is defined as a state of being intoxicated by consumption of alcohol to a degree that mental and physical facilities are noticeably impaired.

Management and all staff who sell or supply alcohol must promote and support a safe environment for alcohol to be consumed in a proficient and responsible manner. By engaging in the responsible sale and service of alcohol, a better environment is created for both customers and staff.

Innpacked can deliver either the BIIAB Level 1 Award for Responsible Alcohol Retail or HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention at your venue.

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BIIAB Level 1 Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing

This qualification enables candidates to understand the main points of licensing law.
Recognise the responsibilities associated with the retail sale of alcohol and understand their duties concerning under-age sales and serving persons who are drunk.
Support the designated premises supervisor to retail alcohol responsibly on their licensed premises.

The qualification covers the following areas:

The nature of alcohol and the effect that it has on the human body.
The main issues in the 2003 Licensing Act as they relate to alcohol retailers and servers.
Licensing law in relation to the protection of children from harm.
The social responsibilities relating to the retail sale of alcohol.
How to recognise drunkenness, and your duty not to serve drunk customers.
Appropriate strategies that can be adopted to prevent or eliminate alcohol-related crime and conflict and the importance of personal safety.


An exam in two parts
Section one: Three questions: pass mark 100%
Section two: 22 questions

HABC Level 2 Award In Underage Sales Prevention

This qualification is aimed at individuals working in a variety of roles relating to retail or in licensed premises.

How long will it take?

To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake 5 hours of learning.

Topics Covered

These include current legislation relating to the sale and purchase of age-restricted products and how to prevent unlawful sales of age-restricted products.

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