Telling SDSU study on overserving from local barsFebruary 13, 2011 No Comments
A telling survey which you can see in it’s entirety here was done by San Diego State University (SDSU) revealed many telling facts about actual alcohol establishment behaviors insofar as it relates to over-pouring and over-serving.
Here’s some examples:
- Over 33% of bartenders over-poured drinks
- Over 90% of servers over-served significantly by selling drinks containing the equivalent of 8 shots of alcohol to test patrons when the equivalent of 1 shot was the approximate limit for the test patron’s size and weight. And they did this in a hurry – under 50 minutes or, on average a new drink less than every 13 minutes.
- Over 50% of the patrons that entered an establishment under the .08% BAC limit exited over that limit. This means that half the patrons who were under the legal limit to drink and drive when they entered the bar or restaurant exited these establishments over the legal driving limit. How many of those people drove home drunk?
Pacific Beach local bar owners relentlessly claim that it is the responsibility of the patron to know when to stop. Then why is it that most all if not 100% of the bartenders, servers and bouncers are trained as to how much they can serve, how to identify people being over-served and California laws regarding their industry – yet, the stunning results listed above were found?
I was always under the impression that bar and restaurant staff were trained professionals that were essentially responsible for doling out a controlled substance in alcohol. That is, since the patrons were going to be getting under the influence, ostensibly their ability to rationalize impaired, the sober (as they’re not allowed to drink on the job) servers would serve them responsibly.
One could ask if such high a percentage of establishments allowed chronic over-serving they must believe the law to be irrelevant. Is this law appropriate or excessive?
As for me I believe the bars and restaurants will serve as much as possible to as many people as possible and will only turn away the most excessive cases of drunkenness. Profits must be more important than their patrons health and safety. Go figure.