This diocesan policy was established by Diocesan Convention, 1982.
- Always have an alternative beverage, served as attractively and be as available as alcohol.
- When a charge is made for alcohol, a lesser charge should be made for non-alcoholic drinks.
- Food should always be served with alcohol.
- All beverages should be identified clearly as to "with" or "without" alcohol and drinks should not be "spiked."
- Alcohol should not be served at meetings.
- It should not be assumed that all church social functions automatically include alcohol, or that alcohol is permitted (i.e. work parties, dinners, picnics).
- It is inappropriate to urge or persuade persons to drink alcohol.
- Alcohol should not be served during Lent and Advent on church premises.
- Alcohol used in food preparation should be clearly identified and alternatives should be available, according to guideline No. 1.
- Time limits should be set and obeyed when serving alcohol at church functions (i.e. wine during the meal).
- It is inappropriate to advertise alcohol at church functions as a "lure."
- Alcohol should not be served to or by persons under age 21.
Jan 30, 1982