There are a number of challenges when working with communities on the issue of adult binge drinking
(4-5 drinks in a sitting).
- Although drinking alcohol as an adult of 21 years or older is legal, it is only legal when done responsibly. Some adults do not realize that it is illegal to be drunk in any public place. Therefore, the only place that someone can drink to intoxication is their own home or a friend’s home as long as they do not leave until they are able to operate a vehicle and be under .08 BAC. Research says that it takes 45 minutes to one hour for alcohol to be processed by the body.
- There are businesses that sell alcohol on the premises that have not been effectively trained in the laws. These servers and sellers are operating on what they have been told instead of perhaps what the law actually says. Alcohol laws change and businesses need to train staff regularly to make sure they are aware of any new modifications.
- Delaware and Ottawa County have a large alcohol outlet density as compared to other areas. This makes alcohol more available. Alcohol outlet density refers to the number and concentration of alcohol retailers (e.g. bars, restaurants, and liquor stores) in an area. Higher alcohol outlet density is associated with excessive alcohol use and related harms, including injuries and violence. Alcohol outlet density is often regulated by licensing or zoning regulations.
Alcohol laws change and businesses need to train staff regularly to make sure they are aware of any new modifications.
We all know that alcohol outlets have benefits to the community. They provide jobs, provide tax revenue, and these are places we are able to have a meal and be entertained. We are hoping to make the community aware of the responsibility of drinking alcohol. We have to be responsible to save our own lives, but also the lives of others.