Friday, June 8, 2012

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Provides Resources to Retailers

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division is the state agency that regulates alcohol sales in Iowa. ABD has recently enacted some programs and created some materials to assist retailers in making sure they are conducting business in a way that discourages illegal alcohol sales. Following are some resources that ABD has available.

The I-ALERT Policy Tool
I-ALERT, Under 21 Can't Be Done is a free tool aimed at helping retailers of alcoholic beverages create policies for their staff. The website,, guides businesses through the step-by-step creation of policies for alcohol sales. Business owners can create policies to help legally protect themselves, as well as use I-ALERT as a great tool for educating employees on Iowa law and responsible service.

The I-PACT is online!
Inside ABD, employees have created an alcohol compliance training program, with the passage of Senate File 240. The online alcohol training program has been named the Iowa Program for Alcohol Compliance Training (I-PACT). This program allows employees and prospective employees to go through alcohol compliance training and receive a certificate upon completion.

The program asks that a PACT is made for:
• Iowa kids not to consume alcohol products.
• Iowa retailers not to sell alcohol to minors.
• Iowa licensees not to serve alcohol to patrons under 21.
• Iowa’s law enforcement to enforce Iowa’s liquor laws.

For more information go to the website,

Alcoholic Beverage Laws & You
Iowa’s alcoholic beverages industry operates within the confines of a carefully cast partnership between the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (Division), licensees and law enforcement officials. Close cooperation among these three entities is essential for regulation and enforcement of Iowa’s alcoholic beverages laws in order to achieve compliance.

The manual Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Laws and You was developed to provide licensees, and their employees and agents, with the information needed to protect the welfare and safety of Iowans through compliance with laws addressing the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages. Download the entire manual to read and print as many copies as you'd like. (4mb PDF)

Additional printed copies can be ordered for $5 each. Contact Shannon Pogones at 515.281.3426 or to order. The order form can also be printed and mailed to the Division.

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