The Day – Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention focuses on preventing the sale and service of alcohol to minors

Groton — The Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention revisits Project 21, a substance use prevention program focused on preventing underage drinking.

This ongoing initiative, which will focus on educating community members, families and area bars and restaurants, highlights the importance of not selling or serving alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 at legal, health and safety purposes, according to a press release.

The GASP is focusing this summer on retail availability and preventing sales and services to minors.

“GASP has been the prevention leader in Groton for 22 years,” coordinator Carolyn Wilson said in a statement. “We are committed to addressing the public health problem of underage drinking through a variety of targeted interventions. We are ready to implement our plans, but we need the support and buy-in from local institutions. Together we can ensure a safer environment for young people.”

The GASP said free online vouchers for Training and Intervention Procedures, or TIP, training, an evidence-based strategy for those who sell or serve alcohol to prevent alcohol consumption in minors, excessive alcohol consumption and driving under the influence, are available for Groton and Mystic establishments looking to improve the training of their staff. Some facilities may also require their staff to be trained for insurance purposes. GASP is offering vouchers to package stores and bars and restaurants while supplies last.

“In addition to the training opportunities, participating businesses will also receive a packet containing information on preventing underage drinking, a guide on how to properly check IDs, and reminders about issues. legal issues they may face if they serve underage customers,” the statement said. “Companies are encouraged to tighten policies for their staff to ensure they never serve a minor and always pass compliance checks.”

TIPs certificates will be awarded when the participant completes the course and passes the online exam.

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