What’s in a serving size? Servers and sellers should remain vigilant as higher-alcohol beverages hit the market

wine bottlesIf you’ve taken your TAM® training, you know that a standard serving size for alcoholic beverages refers to 12 ounces of beer with 5% alcohol, 5 ounces of wine with 12% alcohol and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, which are 40% alcohol by volume. Knowledge of these standard serving sizes is very important, and can be helpful when you are observing patrons for increasing signs of intoxication. You can estimate how much alcohol they have consumed. However, it has become increasingly common for wine and beer to have a higher than standard amount of alcohol by volume.

As reported by Health 24, it’s not uncommon for many wines to now register at 14-15% alcohol which throws off the standard five ounce serving. While a standard beer may register around 4-5% alcohol, the increasing number of microbrews and premium beers with higher alcohol content are also throwing a wrench into standard serving calculations. Finally, consumers can purchase flavored malt beverages which are packaged in bottles and sold at convenience, grocery and liquor stores across the United States. They can range anywhere from 5-12% alcohol depending on the choice. With all of these variations, it’s easy to see how patrons can easily consume more alcohol than intended. And, as a result, quickly become much more intoxicated.

Knowing this, servers, bartenders and anyone else responsible for service and sale of alcoholic beverages has a very important job on their hands… knowing how to spot an intoxicated guest, and knowing when to intervene or cut them off. As a server, it’s important to make sure that your guests are having an good time, are served exactly what they ordered, and remain respectful of the establishment and others without being over-served. What do bartenders and servers need to know, and how can they use this knowledge to provide responsible beverage service? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Read the labels and be knowledgeable about alcohol levels in the products you offer. If you have a bottle of wine or a beer on the menu with high alcohol content, it may be worthwhile to print the alcohol percentage on your menu, or at least be knowledgeable enough to answer guest questions about the alcohol content. A server can also politely mention the higher than average alcohol content to any guests ordering that beverage. A simple, “Here’s your beer. Just so you are aware, this particular bottle has a 10% alcohol level, so this is about double the standard alcohol serving,” would be appropriate.
  • When serving and observing guests, don’t just consider a drink’s potency, consider the serving size as well. Even if you are serving a standard 5% alcohol beer to a guest, if they are ordering a 16 ounce pint glass instead of a 12 ounce bottle, then this is still delivering more alcohol than one standard single serving. As always, remain observant.

To learn more about safe beverage service and any warning signs to watch out for in patrons, take our alcohol awareness course and get TAM certified.

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TAM of Nevada Labor Day Day Hours – Office Closed Monday September 3rd

Labor Day Holiday HoursMonday is Labor Day, and that means we will be closed for the holiday. Please see below for our holiday office hours. Our office will be closed Monday, September 3rd, and will re-open for normal business hours on September 4th.

The online TAM course is still available 24/7 at http://www.tamnevda.com!

  • Saturday September 1 – Office open 8:30am-5:00pm. TAM class at 10:00am.
  • Sunday September 2 – Office Closed
  • Monday September 3 – Office Closed

How to Get a Replacement TAM Card in 3 Easy Steps

TAM_Card_Larger_RoundWe often here from students who have lost a TAM Card or changed their last name after marriage. Whatever the reason, if you need to replace your TAM Card, we’ve got you covered. There is no need to stress about finding the time to repeat the training course and get a new card before your shift starts. If you originally obtained your card from TAM of Nevada and it was not expired, there is no need to repeat the class. We can print you a new TAM® Card for a $10 fee.

Here are three things to keep in mind before visiting our office:

  1. Make sure you got your original card from us! We can issue replacement cards for official TAM Cards issued by TAM of Nevada only. If you took alcohol awareness training with a different company, you will need to contact them to ask about getting a replacement card. We are only able to verify records of customers who completed official TAM training. If you aren’t sure where you got your training, please give us a call at 702-545-6664. We’d be happy to check our records and confirm if you trained with us.
  2. Please bring picture ID when you visit our office. We need to verify your identity before printing a replacement card. A passport or driver license is best (no photocopies!). But, if you don’t have one of those, you can look at the list of other accepted forms of valid ID on our website. Smile! We’ll take a new picture and print your TAM card right away.
  3. Your original TAM card expiration date will remain the same. TAM Cards are valid for four years, so make sure your original card wasn’t expired before you come in for a replacement. If you aren’t sure when your card expires, please give us a call at (702) 545-6664. We will check our records and let you know. When you get a replacement card, the date of expiration will remain the same as your original card. For example – Your original card was set to expire in June of 2022. If you get a replacement TAM Card in 2020, the expiration date will still remain June of 2022.

If you’ve checked these three requirements and you’re ready to get your replacement TAM Card, come and see us! Please visit us at:

  • 3900 Paradise Road
  • Ste 205
  • Las Vegas, NV 89169

Our business hours 8:30am-5:00pm Monday through Saturday. Our friendly office staff will be happy to help.  If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below or give us a call at 702-545-6664. We look forward to seeing you soon.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month – Get TAM® Certified

TAM_Course_2018Every day, 28 people in the United States die in crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to about one death every 51 minutes (CDC). And, drunk driving is only part of the problem. 3 in 10 adults in the United States are heavy or at-risk drinkers. They are drinking at levels that put them at risk for alcoholism, liver disease, and other problems (NIAAA).

As a TAM Card® holder, you can do your part to help cut these numbers. You have the skills to promote safe beverage service and minimize the chances that someone will be over served and get behind the wheel.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this is a great opportunity to showcase your training. This month, let’s talk about it! Help raise awareness about alcohol abuse and encourage people to make healthy choices.

A great first step is to visit our website or our office to get or renew your official TAM® Card. In addition to our regularly scheduled TAM® Classes available in Las Vegas five days a week, the newly revamped online course is also available online 24/7.

Other events in April include:

  • Final exams are offered at our Las Vegas office and several authorized locations across Nevada. View our exam schedule to find the option that works best for you.
  • Alcohol awareness class and final exams for online students will be available in Mesquite at the Virgin River Hotel Casino on Wednesday, April 18th. This event is repeated the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Class will be offered in Spanish in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 19th at 9:00am. Walk-ins are welcome. This event is repeated the third Thursday of every month.

How will you promote safe choices this April?