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Training to Foil Underage Drinking Now Available for Spanish Speaking Service Workers

The training is part of a push to curb underage drinking in the Ozarks
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(Photo credit: StuartWebster, via flickr)

Many Ozarks employees who sell alcoholic drinks take training to better understand alcohol sales laws—and to help them watch out for minors trying to sneak one by authorities. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, this training opportunity is now available to the Spanish-speaking community, too.

The training is called Responsible Beverage Service, or RBS training.  The Community Partnership of the Ozarks has been implementing it for years in this region in an effort to curb underage drinking.  But trainers weren’t always able to reach some businesses and retail workers in the Spanish-speaking community because of a lack of translators.

Now, volunteers who are fluent in Spanish are making that happen.

According to a release from the CPO, the training has been translated and is being implemented in Branson in Spanish. The Taney County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team has also played a lead role in this effort.

Thousands of employees of alcohol retailers within a 21-county region have already taken the training.  CPO says this effort has reduced the number of minors accessing alcohol.

Community Partnership also says it hopes to expand this training even further into the Spanish-speaking community. 

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.