A new Swedish study has shown that server-training programmes
for bar tenders can reduce drinking problems in student pubs.
A randomised control trial was set up to assess the impact of
an educational programme given to bartenders in student pubs.
In order to ensure accurate results blood-alcohol concentrations
(BACs) of the patrons was measured before and after the intervention.
The aim of the server-intervention programme was to decrease alcohol
consumption among the patrons in student pubs.
A total of 40 student bartenders participated in the bartender
educational programme where a version of the Alcohol Skills Training
Program (ASTP) and the Swedish version of Responsible Beverage
service (RBS) were used. Bar customers were asked to rate the
pubs atmosphere as cosy, high or rowdy since the social
atmosphere in the pub might influence alcohol consumption.
A more accurate assessment of drinking behaviour is given by measuring
BACs directly than self-reports of binge drinking. This feature
along with the randomised controlled design, make the findings
of this study particularly reliable. These findings provide strong
evidence that that such server-training programmes can indeed,
decrease alcohol consumption among patrons in student pubs.
The programme is continuing to be used at several universities
in Sweden and is now an integrated part of the new, annual bartenders
Source. Education of key personnel in student pubs leads to a decrease
in alcohol consumption among the patrons: a randomised controlled
trial. addiction (2203), 98, 627-633. Johnsson, K.O. & Berglund,
M., Clinical Alcohol Research, Lund University, Malmo University