Join Together Atlantic County, a substance misuse prevention coalition, will be sponsoring “We Check for 21,” a free virtual training for restaurant, tavern and liquor store owners, managers, servers and bartenders.
During the program, they will be reminded about the importance of checking identification of young adults in order to prove they are of legal age.
The training is free and those serving or selling alcohol are strongly advised to participate. The virtual training began June 15 and is available through July 31 by visiting www.jtacnj.org/wecheckfor21.html.
The training will include a short presentation on underage drinking by Brian Wilson of Join Together Atlantic County, followed by a presentation from Joe Vasil of Vasil ID Training LLC.
Vasil will give a demonstration regarding fake licenses and other identification cards. He will also discuss current trends that are taking place with fake IDs.
Each establishment viewing this free virtual training will be eligible to receive a free ID Checking Guide, handheld black lights, and other “We Check for 21” materials.
The younger a person starts drinking, the more likely he or she will have alcohol problems as an adult.
A person who starts drinking as a young teen is four times more likely to develop alcohol dependency later in life than someone who waited until the age of 21. The brain is still forming in teenagers and teen drinking can cause harm to an underdeveloped brain.
Participation in this event will support Join Together Atlantic County in its mission “to prevent, reduce and/or delay substance use among youth of Atlantic County in a long term and sustainable manner.”
Join Together Atlantic County is located at 626 N. Shore Road in Absecon. For additional information, contact Join Together Atlantic County at 609-272-0101, ext. 22 or email JTACNJ@atlprev.org.