Bartending comes with a lot of responsibility. Let’s take a look at how Blood Alcohol Concentration works in your customer, as it’s part of your job. Over serving alcohol to the customer is a serious offense and one that can easily be traced back to the bartender and bar.
If a bar patron drinks at your bar all night, these are some of the ways it will come back to you and the bar owner.
Bartender and bar liability
- Credit card transactions show where the customer drank alcohol.
- Bar customer GPS from their phone.
- Bar customers may do social media check-ins.
- The police officer will certainly ask where were you tonight.
- Most bars have security cameras and footage of the customer being over-served.
There will be a lot of questions if there is an incident.
One standard drink
- One 12 oz. regular beer (4.5% alcohol)
- One 7 oz. malt liquor (7% alcohol)
- One 5 oz. glass of wine (12% alcohol)
- One 1.5 oz. shot of hard liquor (40% alcohol)
- One-third jigger (.5 oz.) of Everclear (95% alcohol)
More than one standard drink
- One 16 oz. cup of beer = 1.4 drinks
- One 40 oz. beer = 3.6 drinks
- One 22 oz. malt liquor = 3 drinks
- One 12 oz. glass of wine = 2.9 drinks
- One 12 oz. margarita = 2–4 drinks, depending on ingredients
- One 12 oz. cup of trashcan punch = 4–10 drinks, depending on ingredients
It’s very important as a bartender to understand how alcohol affects the body and the BAC levels as they vary by person, body height and weight.
Use this BAC calculator that simulates a person’s Blood Alcohol Concentration levels to better understand what a customer eats and drinks and how this plays a role in their BAC levels.
Our T.I.P.S training certification lets your employer know that you are properly trained for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. This is an insurance policy for them. If you have you will be more likely to be hired than if you don’t have it. So get TIPS certified today.
Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving.