Bartending TIPS for servers

By Kelly McCarthy

June 24, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some local restaurants and bartenders are learning the tricks to becoming responsible servers.

The Broome County STOP-DWI Program held an open event to become TIPS certified.

TIPS -- or Training for Intervention Procedures -- is a program that teaches servers how to prevent underage drinking, drunk driving and overly intoxicated guests.

Employees at the training event on Monday said the most difficult times for responsible serving are at events like receptions and wedding parties.

"There's a lot of grey area," said STOP-DWI Coordinator Chris Marion. "Its very hard for an alcohol server to know who is consuming the alcohol after it's been served."

Servers and employees at the training all took a five-hour course followed by an exam.

"And then along with the intoxication rates and the behavioral cues," Marion said, "We teach them how to identify certain characteristics of people who have been drinking, so that they can make a determination of whether or not they want to serve that person."

If they pass, they will all get a three-year TIPS certification as a responsible alcohol server.