TIPS History 


In 1982, Dr. Morris Chafetz, founding director of the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse and author of Big Fat Liars, developed the first TIPS program. His goal was to create a program that would give bartenders and waiters the skills and confidence they need to prevent their customers from becoming intoxicated. TIPS for On Premise was born. The response was overwhelming, and led to other commercial versions of the program: TIPS for Off Premise, TIPS for Concessions, and TIPS for Gaming.


The feedback from program participants was very positive. They were grateful to have a program that went beyond mere information and a scare-tactic approach about the penalties for over-serving. But they also raised an interesting point. Why did all the responsibility for preventing intoxication fall on their shoulders? From their perspective, the consumers themselves were also in an excellent position to bear some responsibility for preventing alcohol-related tragedies.

From that feedback emerged our consumer programs: TIPS for the University, TIPS for Seniors and TIPS for the Workplace. While sharing the basic format of the original programs, the consumer versions train people to intervene with peers and colleagues who are consuming alcohol in social settings. With the addition of these programs, we could offer a response to the problem of intoxication from all sides of the issue. 
With the format and philosophy of the program well-established, we focused our efforts on building the best quality control in our industry. We started by creating a robust record-keeping system, unmatched by any other server training program. Our records have been used in courts, by liquor boards, and internally by corporate clients to verify training and certification. We also developed policies and internal procedures to ensure consistent, high-quality training.  


Many Colorado cities have a tourist based economy with people from all over the world visiting bars and restaurants with a vacation attitude and different appearing ID's. The TIPS alcohol course gives special priority to people skills, in that it focuses on how service professionals can notice when different types of people are intoxicated, awareness in confronting customers when they've had one drink too many and how to notice a fake ID. TIPS now offers online training, providing the full benefits of the program, but at a much lower cost and in the comfort of your own home. With so much at stake, TIPS has made it less complicated for prospective alcohol servers to get  certified. By providing an online platform, certification in approximately 3 hours at a much lower cost and in an environment where you can go at your own pace. Take the course at home or anywhere with a wifi connection.


Colorado Alcohol Laws

This information has been provided to us by the regulating agency and is believed to be correct. However, laws and regulations may change at any time, and the information provided should not be relied upon in place of official documents. For more information or clarification, consult the regulatory body for this jurisdiction directly.




















































Acceptable Forms of ID - Colorado

  • Any State, Canadian, Mexican, US Territory or Foreign Driver's License

  • Military ID

  • Passport or US Passport Card

  • State-Issued ID Card

  • Alien Registration Card

  • Valid Employment Card w/ Photo and DOB issued by the Department of Homeland Security

  • It is not required for someone to have an identification card on their person in order to be served alcohol.