Understanding Standard Serving Sizes & Limiting Alcohol
In Your Community
There may be alcohol establishments that are selling beverages that are much more than a single serving. Special drinks like 48 oz margaritas, alcohol in a fishbowl, bottomless specials, bowls, 96 oz drinks or more may serve several people and still each person would reach the level of intoxication in a short period of time.
Working with your law enforcement agencies, data may show that there are more calls for service, people leaving the establishment being cited by an OWI and it could create a situation that a licensed establishment comes under the scrutiny of the licensing committee or city council or board.
It is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone who is already intoxicated. What does this mean about serving a 96 oz drink to a single person? Municipalities have the authority to prohibit oversized drinks. Municipalities can also prohibit any drink specials or competitions that sell alcohol beverages at a reduced or discounted price.
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Alcohol Consumption Resources
Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol (CDC)
Facts about moderate alcohol consumption and non-drinking.
Alcohol & Public Health Communications Campaign (CDC)
A campaign that encourages US adults who drink excessively to drink less to improve their quality of life, relationships, and health.
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