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Philly distributor continues alcohol server training.

Clement & Muller, Inc., Philadelphia area distributors for Miller Brewing Co., will continue to conduct TIPS, a training program on alcohol abuse and social skills for local servers of alcohol throughout the coming year.

The program began in late 1985 and since then, nearly 5,000 servers have been trained, a Clement & Muller spokesperson noted.

TIPS, "Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol," was developed by the Health Education Foundation, Inc., based in Washington, D.C.

"TIPS is a method specifically designed to help alleviate the problem of driving while under the influence and other forms of alcohol abuse," said C. John Muller, president of the distributor. "It's a training program that teaches servers of alcoholic beverages the practical skills of identification and intervention, based on the knowledge that the only sure way to help prevent driving under the influence is to know when a person must be convinced he or she has had enough."

According to the Health Education Foundation, some insurance companies have recognized the importance of TIPS by giving retailers at least a 10-percent discount on insurance premiums if 75 percent of the employees have completed this program.

Unlike other programs, TIPS focuses on the servers of alcohol, Muller went on. "The server is the point of contact between the dispenser and the consumer of alcohol," he said. "Many servers feel responsible for the safety of their patrons. In addition, servers are already under legal constraints to restrict services to visibly intoxicated patrons, but they aren't told what constitutes a safe sell."
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Title Annotation:Clement and Muller Inc.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Dec 28, 1992
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