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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Protecting Alcohol Retailers from Liability

Unfortunately, it is not difficult for minors to acquire fake identification in order to obtain alcohol in the United States. What is worse is the fact that a number of alcohol proprietors rarely ask for identification before they serve alcohol. There has been a surge of states that have passed laws protecting retailers from being liable for harm(s) caused by customers served alcohol illegally, according to a new study.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues from Alcohol Policy Consultations, have seen a rise in so-called commercial host liability laws from 1989 to 2011, Medical Xpress reports.

Alcohol retailers are held liable for harms caused by alcohol, due to illegal alcohol sales to a person who is intoxicated or underage at the time of service.

“The erosion of commercial host liability in recent decades is a public health failure that directly contributes to the exorbitant human and economic costs of excessive drinking,” lead author James F. Mosher, JD, of Alcohol Policy Consultations, said in a news release.

 “Alcohol retailers who operate negligently and engage in illegal serving practices should not receive special protection, denying those who are injured their day in court.”

 In 2011, a study found holding alcohol retailers liable for damage done by their customers who are intoxicated lowers alcohol-related occurrences, such as motor vehicle deaths, homicides and injuries, according to a nationwide task force.

 The findings will appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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