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The Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office has joined forces with Eagle Ridge Institute to reduce the sale of beer and alcohol to underage youth (21 and under). The Offense is furnishing low-point alcohol to a minor with a penalty of up to a $500 fine and up to one year jail time. This could affect anyone from a bartender at a local restaurant to a store owner of the convenience store down the street. However, because of this partnership there is now an “Oklahoma County Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Diversion Program.” For first time offenders only, participants are allowed to complete this two hour Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Training (RBSS) at Eagle Ridge Institute 601 NE 63rd. Street, OKC, OK. 73105. This RBSS training is completely free of charge. Eagle Ridge Institute has conducted at least 2 trainings a month since the diversion program conception in July 2013. RBSS training teaches participants how to properly check identification cards while showing different types of refusal techniques when selling alcohol products to the public. RBSS training also, shows managers and store owners how to create an alcohol policy that is right for their store. For prevention measures RBSS training is available free to the general public, please call Eagle Ridge Institute today if interested 405-840-1359. Participants in the Diversion Program are also required by the District Attorney’s office to sign a participant contract. Participants must not commit any new criminal offenses during the 6 month period beginning upon signing of the contract. Appropriate fees as permitted in the Oklahoma Statutes, must be paid before participant can successfully complete the program. By providing this Oklahoma County Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Diversion Program participates will have a second chance with the proper educational tools to go back into their community’s and make the appropriate choice not to sale alcohol products illegally to any person(s) under the age of 21.
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Preventing underage drinking through environmental changes begins by assessing factors in the communities that manifest the problem and influence decisions about drinking. We must consider using environmental strategies that target changing conditions in our communities that condone youth alcohol and substance abuse. When applied correctly, these strategies can change the environment which brings about changes in attitudes, social norms and alcohol use behavior.
Examples of Environmental Strategies:
- Create clear, consistent “no-use” messages throughout the community.
- Limit the access of alcohol to the youth.
- Partner with local and state key stakeholders to address underage drinking prevention.
- Enforce existing laws and policies that relate to underage access to alcohol. Create and enforce restrictions on industry media and marketing of alcohol related materials that target the youth.
- Limit the type and amount of pro-drinking messages and events in the community.
- Reduce alcohol use at community at community events where youth are in attendance.
- Limit and reduce events that are sponsored by the alcohol industry.
- Ensure that all eligible community members are registered to vote.
Decreasing trends will happen with increased education and awareness to our communities about underage alcohol use.
National Clearing House on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)http://ncadi.samhsa.gov
National Institute of Health
National institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) http://www.niaaa.nih.gov