Retailers Take Part in Alcohol Seller Training Session

BLUE HILL — Fifteen retailers from eight businesses gathered at the Blue Moose in Blue Hill on Sept. 29 for a half-day alcohol seller training.


Taught by former Liquor Enforcement officer Frank Lyons, the training prepared alcohol retailers to deal with customers such as minors and other high-risk sales.

Retailers learned about the three key things they can do to protect their businesses, themselves and their communities.

The list includes assessing every customer who buys alcohol, following a good alcohol sales policy and helping each other out.

The retailers also learned how to identify false IDs, reject sales and found out information about the Maine Liquor Liability act.

The trainings are part of a broad strategy to reduce underage and high-risk drinking. The training was organized by two area Healthy Maine partnerships: Healthy Peninsula and Union River Healthy Communities.

Union River Healthy Communities, a program of Downeast Health Services, is a citizen-led public health coalition dedicated to improving health. In addition to its work with alcohol retailers, the coalition is also working with parents and law enforcement to reduce underage drinking.

For more information about alcohol server/seller trainings or Union River Healthy Communities, contact Kenney Miller at 667-5352 or [email protected].

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