The College Alcohol Responsibility Program
Underage and excessive drinking are especially severe among college students, harming those who abuse alcohol, impacting the higher education experience for all students and detracting from the quality of life for residents of the host community. The College Alcohol Responsibility Program (ARP) is the leading evidence-based approach to improve compliance with laws and policies regarding alcohol sales and use in college communities, and to enhance cooperation among public, college and hospitality and alcohol industry stakeholders.
A System to Enhance Alcohol Responsibility
The College Alcohol Responsibility Program (ARP) is a systems approach to compliance with alcohol sales laws and the adoption of responsible retailing practices. In all states, laws stipulate what an alcohol beverage licensee may not do, such as sell or serve alcohol to a minor or an individual who is clearly impaired, but how to achieve compliance is left to individual licensees. National and regional chains have the resources to train and supervise staff but for independently-owned and operated establishments, such resources are unavailable. In college communities, with high turnover every year of both staff and customers, the difficulty of achieving community-wide responsible retailing is even greater.
The College ARP regards all the licensees as part of a single system. The College ARP promotes responsible retailing resources and practices for all licensees within the community − monitoring licensee conduct; providing resources for the clerks, servers and bartenders who sell or serve alcohol; and communicating quarterly with licensees, town and college officials on community-wide performance measures and matters of interest in supporting safe and lawful alcohol sales/service and use.
The College ARP combines four individual strategies for enhanced responsible retailing that were developed by RRForum under federal research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Justice.
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