Trending Discussions

Listed here are some of the topics trending in the Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) Community of Practice.  Join us to read responses to these and other questions.  


  • Taking on the "low hanging fruit" is the often cited recommendation for getting started; however, addressing policy is a long-term activity. With policy change as the goal, what are a few strategies that can be taken by everyone before jumping directly into policy change?

  • County and municipal ordinances:  Do all municipalities have to have separate policies?  Has there ever been a county-wide alcohol policy?   How do you consolidate alcohol policy in a county?

  • I work on alcohol prevention and I drink.  Am I a hypocrite?

  • Should we invite the Tavern League to join our coalition?  Think twice!

  • Enforcing ordinances: How do municipalities without their own police departments enforce local ordinances, such as social host?  

Regulating Alcohol Outlets (places where alcohol is sold):

  • Limiting alcohol outlet density for off-premises (Class A) licenses:  Is there a quota on Class “A” or “Class A” (off-premises) licenses?  Could a county-wide quota for off-premises licenses be adopted? Exactly what does a density ordinance or plan do?

  • What are alcohol license conditions, who creates them, and when can they be added to a license?

  • Limiting what alcohol is sold at an off-premises location:  Can a municipality limit what alcohol is sold at “Class A” or Class “A” locations, such as liquor stores, convenience stores, or grocery stores? 
  • We conduct alcohol age compliance checks of our retail outlets.  What can we do to make sure they are enforced?

Other Policies:

  • Social Host ordinances:  Elected officials in a municipality want to pass a social host ordinance and asked our coalition to propose it to the Village Trustees. How can we best prepare?  We just passed a Social Host ordinance.   What's next?  See also:  Social Host Fact Sheet (listed on the CHIA Resources page).

  • Festival assessments:  How can communities improve the alcohol environment at local festivals and events? 
  • Responsible Beverage Server Training:  Our AODA coalition offers free Responsible Beverage Server training to anyone in the county; it puts more trained servers in bars.  Will that improve the alcohol environment?

Looking for slides and handouts from CHIA trainings?  They are now on the CHIA Resources page. 

We also invite you to explore our Alcohol-Related Links page for a listing of websites and documents.

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