How to Identify Intoxicated Guests in Your Bar
Part of the Running a Bar For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Sure, people go to bars to drink, but overly intoxicated patrons are a problem you don’t need in your bar. Not all drunks are happy drunks, and they certainly aren’t safe, so be prepared to cut off the alcohol supply or send people home before they get too intoxicated. Whatch for these warning signs to know when to take action:
Patron is drinking fast.
Patron is smoking two cigarettes at once — one is burning and he is lighting another.
Patron is spilling drinks.
Patron is engaging in loud, boisterous behavior.
Patron is very quiet. Yes, you have to watch the real quiet ones, too.
Patron is unable to pick up money or change.
Patron is annoying your other guests.
Patron has slurred speech.
Patron is becoming tearful or emotional.
Patron starts sleeping or gets drowsy.
If the patron falls off the barstool — it’s over! It’s time to notify the designated driver or call a cab.