In 1982, Dr. Morris Chafetz, founding director of the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, 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 too intoxicated.
TIPS for On Premise was born.
The feedback from the trainees was overwhelming. They were grateful to finally have a program that went beyond just telling them the laws and scaring them about over-serving someone. But they also raised an interesting point. Why did all the responsibility for preventing intoxication fall on their shoulders? From their perspective, that responsibility lay just as much with the consumer as it did with them.
From that feedback emerged the TIPS for consumers programs: University, Parents and Workplace. While still using the basic format of the original programs, these versions trained people to intervene with their peers and colleagues who were consuming alcohol when out in social settings. With the addition of these versions, TIPS now had a program that approached the problem of intoxication from all sides.
In 17 years, TIPS has certified over 25,000 trainers and almost 1,000,000 servers nationwide. There are TIPS certified people in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. All of this has been done with one purpose in mind — to educate and inform the public about the responsible use of alcohol.