Dram Shop Forensics

Liz Trendowski,
Liquor Liability Expert • Dram Shop Expert Witness

Liquor Compliance Analysis
Get a detailed review of your business, serving practices and servers to discover areas that could could leave you vulnerable to legal and civil liquor liability issues.

Liquor Compliance Analysis
Dram Shop Training
Training your bar & restaurant management and employees about dram shop laws, how to observe problems and improve responsible serving practices.

Dram Shop Training
Litigation Support & Consulting
Alcohol expert Liz Trendowski is one of the nation's most sought after and credible dram shop authorities, working with attorneys & insurance companies.

Litigation Support
Liz Trendowski: Expert Witness
With over 350 case experiences, Dram Shop/Bar Operations expert, Elizabeth Trendowski provides plaintiff & defendant expert witness testimony.

Expert Witness Testimony

Sober observations on intoxication.

Every day in the United States, an average of 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. In 2012, over 10,300 people died as a result of a crash involving alcohol, about one third of the total vehicle traffic fatalities. Even more sobering is that there are almost 300,000 incidents of drunk driving per day. The average blood alcohol content (BAC) among drunk drivers in fatal crashes is 0.16%. That's double the legal limit.

Why are Dram Shop Laws important?

Dram Shop Laws allow for restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and other licensed establishments to potentially be held liable for selling or serving alcohol to individuals who then cause injuries or death as a result of their intoxication. Correlation can be found between states that maintain dram shop laws and lower incidents of alcohol related injuries and death, and these laws have also been shown to limit excessive and illegal consumption. As a business, it is important to understand these laws, their intent, and your potential liability with regards to serving underage patrons or over-serving intoxicated patrons.

Reduce your liquor liability.

Thirty states have statutory dram shop provisions that allow licensed establishments such as restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to be held liable for selling or serving alcohol to individuals who cause injuries or death as a result of their intoxication. Businesses that take a pro-active approach with regards to responsible management and training for alcohol sales and serving can save lives and reduce their chance of being fined, sued or shut down.
Dram Shop Defined
Dram Shop is a legal term referring to a bar or tavern where alcoholic beverages are sold. Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid.
Dram Shop Liability refers to the body of law governing the liability of taverns, liquor stores and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Generally, dram shop laws establish the liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third-parties as a result of alcohol-related car crashes and other accidents.