This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 17th to 23rd November.

One of the main points as a business selling Alcohol is to make sure staff receive adequate training on underage sales. Keeping training record’s and make sure the training is regularly updated.

Here at Devon & Cornwall Training Services we can help, and for this week only if you book your course with us you will receive a discount of 10% per person.

HABC Level 2 Award in Underage Sales Prevention (QCF)

( offer ends Saturday 22nd November 23:59hrs)


Here are six tips taken from the website to help businesses selling age-restricted products remain within the law:

  • Conduct age verification checks. Verify the age of potential buyers by asking to see an identity card that bears the PASS hologram. The Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) is the UK’s national proof of age accreditation scheme supported by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).
  • Challenge 21/25. Businesses must participate as a licensing condition if alcohol is sold. This is a scheme to carry out age verification checks on anyone who looks younger than 21 or 25. Challenge 25 in Scotland is mandatory.
  • Staff training. Make sure staff receive adequate training  on underage sales. Keep a training record and make sure the training is regularly updated.
  • Use of till prompts. Use prompts that appear on the till when an age-restricted product is scanned to remind staff to carry out age verification checks.
  • Store layout, signage and CCTV. Keep age-restricted products where they can be monitored by staff. Ensure adequate signs inform consumers of the minimum legal age to purchase.
  • Keep and maintain a refusals register. This means keeping a record (date, time, incident, description of potential buyer) where sales of age-restricted products have been refused. This helps to demonstrate that staff actively refuse sales and have an effective system in place.