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CASA to Offer Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to Local Merchants

 

In an effort to empower local merchants with the skills and confidence to prevent underage liquor sales, and to ensure that stores are operating within Maine’s liquor laws, a local training will be held on Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Brunswick Landing.  Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA), a coalition coordinated by Mid Coast Hospital, offers this State of Maine-approved Responsible Alcohol Seller Training to clerks, managers, and storeowners.

Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Please call CASA at (207) 373-6957 to reserve a seat. There is a $10 registration fee that can be paid at the door.

Frank Lyons will lead this training. Lyons spent 23 years as a liquor enforcement officer and is a certified instructor with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The training covers liquor liability laws, fraudulent ID’s, how to effectively handle very intoxicated persons, and strategies stores can adopt to protect their businesses and patrons.  Lyons has trained hundreds of store and restaurant owners and employees statewide. Participants will receive a certificate good for five years.

Sixty-eight percent of Sagadahoc County High School students report that alcohol is easy to get in our community (2009 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey).  Students who report that alcohol is easy to get are far more likely to report having used alcohol in the past 30 days, making strategies such as effective carding and strong store policies so important in our community.  In addition to retail trainings, CASA also funds compliance checks and underage drinking patrols, educates parents on the importance and effectiveness of clear rules and expectations, and works with schools to educate students and strengthen policies.

CASA’s mission is to reduce underage drinking, high risk drinking and other substance abuse. The training is being co-sponsored by the police departments of Topsham, Bath, Richmond, and Brunswick; and by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department.

For a law enforcement perspective on the importance of trainings, please contact CASA members Sheriff Joel Merry at 443-8201, Brunswick Officer Terry Goan at 725-6620, or Bath Detective Sgt Robert Savary at 443-5563. 

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