What’s Your Alcohol Policy?

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Michelle Locke

Having an alcohol policy in your restaurant is one of the most important policies to have in your restaurant. However, it’s easy to put a policy in place and forget about it. However, as with any policy, doing a yearly update is important; as well, making sure employees review that policy is equally important.

Here at Waitrainer+, we want to ask: what’s in your alcohol policy? If you’re not sure, this blog post is for you. Here are a few pieces, and a few steps to take, to review & update that all-important alcohol policy.

1. Do you quiz your employees on your alcohol policy?

If your alcohol policy training doesn’t include any kind of quiz or follow up test, it needs one ASAP. Even if it’s just a verbal review or quiz during pre-shift meeting, or during new hire training, reviewing the information in your restaurant’s alcohol policy with employees helps them retain it. This is why we love Waitrainer+. While a training software can never replace hands-on training in a restaurant, with Waitrainer+, you can have your alcohol policy, easily update it, and have all your employees take a quiz that you grade. For more information, send us a note here.

2. Does your policy include information for checking IDs and spotting fakes?

Lots of alcohol policies have the basics in place: rules for service, for safety, for security. But one aspect we like to remind restaurant owners and managers to include is the process for checking IDs. That means, the right ways to ask and what to look for when it comes to asking those who look potentially younger than 21. As well, your alcohol policy needs information on how to spot fake IDs. If you need help getting this kind of information, let us know.

3. Prioritize guest & employee safety

Alcohol policies, above all else, should prioritize guest and employee safety, whether that means limiting drinks to someone who is visibly intoxicated, using security measures to monitor potentially dangerous guests, and more. Alcohol can be an incredibly dangerous substance, especially in large groups, so your policy should reflect that reality. If you need help with your alcohol policy, let us know here.