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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 31, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19180.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1988 - Issues. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19180

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1988 - Issues, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed January 31, 2015, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/19438/show/19180.

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Title Houstonian 1988
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Transcript DRINKING PROBLEMS: Problems facing students have not changed much from that of other generations. Today's student worries about which weekend party to attend, which club to hang out in and how much alcohol to consume. Well . . . okay, not always concerned with how much they should drink. The recent addition of the Third Party Liability Law to the State of Texas Penal Code has more and more of the persons serving the alcohol changing their views. The servers now find themselves under fire by the local and state authorities, along with threatening lawsuits. The State Third Party Liability Law stipulates that an establishment or its representative can be held liable for serving alcohol to a person who later is involved in an accident. So, if a student working at a local pub serves someone a drink and the drinker later has a wreck, both the student and his employer could be brought to court. The probability of lawsuits led some local establishments to set up policies, such as the "Three Drink Rule," which comes into effect when a waiter/waitress has served the third round of drinks to a table and a fourth round is requested. A manager is notified and he/she must decide whether a fourth round is allowed. Employees are given information on how to know when "enough is enough." Stuart McGuire, the student manager of the Hilton's Galaxy Restaurant attended a seminar here on campus concerning the "Three Drink Rule," but not without reservations. He tends to share the sentiments of Catherine Chamberlin, a junior in Hotel and Restaurant Management, when she said, "The persons obviously want to drink, so therefore the place serving them should not be held liable." With the State of Texas Third Party Liability Law, the server is the one who seems to end up on the proverbial "short end of the stick." Many alcohol serving establishments banded together to voice their disapproval of the new law and the detrimental effect it has on their business. Many establishments are afraid they could lose their liquor licenses or find themselves completely out of business for one mistake. The state came to their aid with House Bill 1963, which created a state certification for alcohol servers. The blame now goes from the establishment to the server. Thus, students who work as waiters or waitresses could find themselves at least paying a fine or even serving a jail sentence if found liable. "The new law makes a lot of people think," said Chamberlin. "That could stop a lot of accidents." He still feels, however, that the person who drinks should be held liable, and not the establishment. Anna Schneider, a sophomore, agreed with McGuire, saying "you have to know your own limitations, some people just use drinking as an excuse." McGuire is required to document every time he must intervene to prevent an "excuse" from becoming another statistic. Documentation protects both the establishment and the server. Even with the documentation, the certification, and the Three Drink Rule, problems are still going to arise. A server's judgement must always be on trial. The question of liability still goes unanswered. Should the establishment be responsible? Should the server be responsible? Chamberlin pointed out, "Most businesses will not serve you if you are a minor — most people of age are responsible — aren't they?" — Allen Manning Four drinks, two too many. Photos by Mark Lacy. Craig Knapp serving alcohol at Casino Night. Photo by Hugh Tom 64 University of Houston