Lomitas hosts TIPS training session

A training session to help those who serve alcoholic beverages prevent unsafe drinking habits was recently held at Lomitas Mexican Restaurant in Webster City.

The TIPS, Training for Intervention Procedures, session was taught by Mickie Shubin, SPF SIG coordinator and prevention specialist with Community and Family Resources. At the class, Shubin said she taught four servers at Lomitas about selling alcohol responsibly and legally.

Adriana Galvan, part-owner and manager of Lomitas, said Shubin is a regular customer of hers. Through Shubin and other customers, she found out about the TIPS sessions and agreed to host one.. Those who attended learned more about how people are affected by alcohol and how different factors affect a person’s level of intoxication. Servers are also taught how to spot binge drinking habits and identify fake IDs. Galvan said the training was fun as the participants acted out scenarios to solidify what they had learned.

“It’s, by far, not a boring training. You get some laughs, you get to see situations. Then, we discuss different ways to handle scenarios. It’s entertaining,” Shubin said.

Having completed the training, Galvan said she feels more secure serving alcohol at her restaurant. Shubin said TIPS can provide a reasonable efforts defense against lawsuits related to alcohol. Some insurance companies also provide discounts for establishments who have TIPS certified servers on staff.

Through a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Shubin said the sessions can be hosted at no charge to local business owners. Classes can be held at whatever location is convenient for business owners, such as offices or the business location.

Shubin said other local businesses are planning to take part in the training. For more information about TIPS sessions, contact Shubin at 832-5432.