So today I got a break from teaching and got to do some learning. After figuring out who is going with who next Monday for the field trip, Tom started into the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) training.
Essentially, the training goes over what alcohol does to the body, what occurs to the body at different BAC levels, what factors affect BAC (body mass, time, alcohol dosage, etc.), and what to look for in a patron who has had too much.
In addition, we covered several legal aspects of RAMP, including what forms of ID are acceptable in PA, what liabilities are assumed by the bar and its employees, and what specific laws apply to restaurants and clubs in PA with regard to hours of operation, last call, and alcohol service.
So, in PA if you're 21 years old or older, you can bring your child (of any age) into the bar as you drink. If you bring your niece who's not your ward, you cannot drink if you're not 25 or older. If you're 21 and married to a 20 year old, you cannot sit at the same table with your spouse if you wish to drink. Some odd, odd logic in this state.
Tomorrow, we're going to bottle the beers that we made on Monday and take the RAMP exam. For passing the exam, we get a two-year certification in RAMP.