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llinois: New Law Passed to Prevent Underage Drinking in Illinois

Source: Gudelnews
Nov 9th

In an effort to stop teen alcohol use, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a law that makes giving alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 a misdemeanor. Under the new law, it does not matter where the alcohol is served — which means that it is a crime to serve alcohol to someone underage in public or inside of someone’s own home.

In addition, the new law – House Bill 1554 – states that if you serve alcohol to someone who is underage and they subsequently go on to hurt someone else or themselves because they were intoxicated, as the adult who served the alcohol, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony.

The new law, which is an amendment to the Liquor Control Act of 1934, also says that the adult does not have to physically hand over the alcohol to an underage drinker. If it is determined that the adult should have reasonably known underage drinking would occur on their property, and they did nothing to prevent it, they have broken the new law. Anyone who is convicted under the new law will face incarceration, as well as a fine.

Other Laws to Prevent Underage Drinking

Illinois also has a Dram Shop law, which means that a commercial entity can be held responsible for serving alcohol to someone who is underage if the drinker goes on to injure someone else. Under this law, a business can be held liable if it can be proven that it sold alcohol to the underage drinker; that alcohol contributed to the underage drinker getting intoxicated; and the underage drinker went on to injure someone else because of being drunk.
How Common Is Underage Drinking?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year alcohol is in some way responsible for about 4,700 deaths — and 11 percent of victims are underage drinkers.

The CDC also reports that underage drinkers are at risk of things like alcohol poisoning, suicide, memory problems and long-term difficulties with brain functioning.

Get the Legal Counsel You Need

Alcohol-related offenses are serious and should not be taken lightly. If you have been charged with a crime that involves alcohol, consult a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who has experience with these types of cases. A qualified lawyer can let you know what your rights are and help you mount a defense against the charges.

Public Act 097-1049

HB1554 Enrolled
LRB097 06478 ASK 46561 b
AN ACT concerning liquor.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

Section 5. The Liquor Control Act of 1934 is amended by
changing Section 6-16 as follows:

(b) Except as otherwise provided in this Section whoever
violates this Section shall, in addition to other penalties
provided for in this Act, be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) Any person shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor
where he or she knowingly authorizes or permits
a residence which he or she occupies to be used by an invitee

under 21 years of age and :
(1) the person occupying the residence knows that any
such person under the age of 21 is in possession of or is
consuming any alcoholic beverage; and
(2) the possession or consumption of the alcohol by the
person under 21 is not otherwise permitted by this Act. ;

For the purposes of this subsection (c) where the residence
has an owner and a tenant or lessee, there is a rebuttable
presumption that the residence is occupied only by the tenant
or lessee. The sentence of any person who violates this
subsection (c) shall include, but shall not be limited to, a
fine of not less than $500. Where a violation of this
subsection (c) directly or indirectly results in great bodily
harm or death to any person, the person violating this
subsection (c) shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. Nothing in
this subsection (c) shall be construed to prohibit the giving
of alcoholic liquor to a person under the age of 21 years in
the performance of a religious ceremony or service in
observation of a religious holiday.
A person shall not be in violation of this subsection (c)
if (A) he or she requests assistance from the police department
or other law enforcement agency to either (i) remove any person
who refuses to abide by the person’s performance of the duties
imposed by this subsection (c) or (ii) terminate the activity
because the person has been unable to prevent a person under
the age of 21 years from consuming alcohol despite having taken
all reasonable steps to do so and (B) this assistance is
requested before any other person makes a formal complaint to
the police department or other law enforcement agency about the

(d) Any person who rents a hotel or motel room from the
proprietor or agent thereof for the purpose of or with the
knowledge that such room shall be used for the consumption of
alcoholic liquor by persons under the age of 21 years shall be
guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(e) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, any person
who has alcoholic liquor in his or her possession on public
school district property on school days or at events on public
school district property when children are present is guilty of
a petty offense, unless the alcoholic liquor (i) is in the
original container with the seal unbroken and is in the
possession of a person who is not otherwise legally prohibited
from possessing the alcoholic liquor or (ii) is in the
possession of a person in or for the performance of a religious
service or ceremony authorized by the school board.
(Source: P.A. 95-563, eff. 8-31-07.)

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Driver, 20, given 7 years in fatal DUI crash

This tragedy shows the importance of responsible alcohol sellers, bartenders and servers.  Learn to possibly prevent tragedies like this one by educating yourself in responsible alcohol service practices


August 31, 2012 5:06 pm  •  By Edith Brady-Lunny

BLOOMINGTON — Radley Monson’s drinking problem was compared to a game of Russian roulette Friday that ended with a tragic accident that left a good friend dead and Monson sentenced to seven years in prison.

Prosecutor Matt Banach told a judge at Monson’s sentencing hearing on aggravated drunk driving charges that the 20-year-old defendant did not qualify for probation in the Feb. 15 death of Nick Kauffmann, also 20, from Bloomington.

Monson “exemplifies the target audience for underage drinking that needs to be shown the consequences of underage drinking and getting behind the wheel,” said Banach, asking for a 9-year prison term.

Testimony at the sentencing hearing packed with supporters of the victim and Monson included evidence that Monson continued to drink after the accident and lied to treatment providers and court services personnel about his apparent addiction to alcohol.

Monson used his chance to make a statement to turn directly to Kauffman’s family and apologize for the crash that occurred after he and three others, including Kaufmann, were served alcohol for several hours at the former Danvers Y Tap. The rural tavern voluntarily closed after the accident and misdemeanor charges are pending against the bartender.

“I wish it had been me,” not because of the legal consequences “but because of the entire pain and suffering I’ve caused your entire family,” Monson told Kauffman’s family.

Monson’s mother, Traci Monson, testified her son told her after the crash that, “I’ve killed one of my best friends and I’m so ashamed. I hope his parents can forgive me.”

Defense lawyer James Waller asked for probation and county jail time for Monson, saying he shouldn’t be sent to prison because of an addiction: “It’s just not something we do anymore,” Waller said.

In his comments before handing down a sentence, Judge Paul Lawrence recognized that Monson is “a good person who made a bad decision on this evening,” but that a prison term was necessary to deter others from making the same bad choice.

After the hearing, Banach said the seven-year term “is a just sentence that reflects how gravely serious this crime was.”

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Exploring the Drugs-Crime Connection within the Electronic Dance Music and Hip-Hop Nightclub Scenes

Document Title: Exploring the Drugs-Crime Connection within the Electronic Dance Music and Hip-Hop Nightclub Scenes
Author(s): Tammy L. Anderson, Ph.D. ; Philip R. Kavanaugh ; Ronet Bachman ; Lana D. Harrison
Document No.: 219381
Date Received: August 2007
Award Number: 2004-IJ-CX-0040

Exploring the Drug-Crime Connection Report (PDF)

Purpose and Objectives.

The main research objective of project 2004-IJ-CX-0040 was to explore how the cultural ethos, behavioral norms, activities, and individual and group identities (i.e., subcultural phenomena), inherent to the electronic dance music (EDM- trance, house, and techno music) and the hip hop/rap (HH) nightclub scenes in Philadelphia, impacted the relationship between alcohol, drugs, and crime, with additional attention to victimization (i.e., the ADC + V link). These two music scenes provide a major source of leisure activity for many young adults today, yet the subcultures surrounding them are disparate and have been linked to diverse social problems, including alcohol and illegal drug abuse, criminal activity and victimization. This understudied, but increasingly popular social phenomenon has the potential to expand the scope of the drugs/crime debate to settings and populations not previously studied and to increasingly salient issues in contemporary society.

Secondary objectives include elaborating on how the ADC + V relationship varies by two dimensions: the demographic make-up of participants (e.g., race/ethnicity and gender) and their involvement with and commitment to the subcultures surrounding the respective nightclub scenes. This second dimension has the potential to establish a typology or profile of EDM and HH fans, which can be used to advance both an academic understanding of this important youth culture phenomena and produce effective prevention or intervention strategies to circumvent personal and social consequences.

Research Questions.

Main research questions include: 1) What are the patterns and meanings of drug and alcohol use among participants in these settings and what consequences arise from them? 2) What are the patterns of criminal activity among participants and how are they experienced? 3) What are the patterns of victimization among participants and how is it experienced? How does victimization differ from that documented in other settings of criminological interest? 4) What is the nature of the relationship between alcohol, drugs, crime and victimization and how do subcultural phenomena impact it? 5) How do extant theories fare in explaining the ADC + V link among the diverse groups of participants in both nightclub settings?

We begin our report with a discussion of the two music scenes we studied: HH and EDM, giving special attention to the problems and concerns they present to the criminal justice system and other social service agencies. Next, we discuss the methodology we used to address our research questions, including some of the issues we faced while doing the fieldwork and the potential contributions and limitations of it. The major section of the report reviews our substantive findings. We organize them by the research questions listed above. Specifically, we first review the drugs, crime, and victimization patterns we found. The findings synthesize several types of crime information: self-reports of offending and victimization, and reports of having witnessed others committing crime or being victimized at club events from in-depth interviews and field notes from direct observation at club events. Included in our discussion of the alcohol, drugs, crime and victimization patterns are demographic variation where we found it (addressing our project’s secondary objectives). Next, we address questions #4 and #5 about the alcohol, drugs and crime link at nightclub events. Here, we review our findings and offer contributions to extant criminological theories. Recommendations for further research are also discussed. We end the report with policy recommendations for officials, practitioners, and private interests.

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Vodka can boost problem solving and creativity, finds study

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

I could probably do a better job writing this story if I had consumed some vodka first.

Scientists from the University of Chicago concluded in a recent study that men who are under the influence, but also not legally drunk, were faster and more creative in solving word association problems than men who were sober.

The study, published online in Consciousness and Cognition on Jan. 28, said that sober men approached the task more deliberately, according to psychology graduate student Andrew Jarosz.

This could be why many musicians and artists claim to be more creative after imbibing, researcher Jennifer Wiley was quoted as saying on
“A composer or artist fixated on previous work may indeed find creative benefits from intoxication,” Wiley said.

In the study, two groups of 20 social drinkers were asked to perform a creative problem-solving task, according to an article on the study in, and the results from both groups were comparable.

Then, both groups watched an animated movie. The volunteers in one of the groups ate a snack and drank enough of a vodka cranberry drink to bring their blood alcohol level just under the 0.08 percent legal limit; the other group of volunteers didn’t eat or drink.

Both groups then took part in another creative problem-solving task. Those with a buzz solved more questions on average, and did so in less time, than those who were clear-headed.

The results of the study support findings of a group at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Psychologist J. Scott Saults’ team related that individuals under the influence become less afraid to make mistakes, which could increase creativity, reported.

So drink up, and start writing.

Protect Your License – Florida Responsible Vendors Act

As a retail liquor license holder, you are aware of both the benefits and responsibilities of serving alcohol. To help you better control the risks and enjoy the benefits, the state of Florida enacted the Responsible Vendor Program. This voluntary program can protect your license, your customers, and your employees when implemented correctly. The RV program works to ensure proper alcohol service by your employees in an attempt to minimize risk to your customers and the public. By following the guidelines as presented under the State of Florida Responsible Vendors Act, you not only have the benefits of a protected clientele, business, and employees but also the benefit of a possible reduction in your insurance liability premiums. Further, the state of Florida promises not to suspend your license if someone on your staff makes a mistake, and the state may even give you a break when it comes to fees or fines for your employee’s actions.

DIY Steps to become a Responsible Vendor

How do you obtain Responsible Vendor status to qualify for these benefits? We can help you with our simple, do-it-yourself guide specifically tailored to help you both attain and retain your Responsible Vendor status. We make it easier for you:

  •  To comply with the Florida Responsible Vendor Program
  • To maintain your liquor license
  • To train you staff
  • To potentially save money

We provide online training for both employees and managers  without inconvenience or cost to you.  The easy-to-access format encourages learning and keeps costs down– no special appointment, equipment, or instructor is needed. Participants take the training at their convenience needing only a computer with internet access.  Our system provides all the information and steps that you need to take the worry out of Responsible Vendor compliance.

We have built the training around the knowledge gleaned from over 41 years of industry expertise to help you efficiently and effectively comply with minimal complications. With our high-quality, extensive alcohol compliance training, we provide you with the information you need to be in compliance but also with the tools you need to stay there.

We have published the necessary steps on our website. Please visit us today for our simple step-by-step guide for compliance that you can do yourself with minimal hassle and maximum results.

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