Alcohol beverage retailers and the hospitality industry are struggling with increased regulations placed on alcohol sales. At the national level, the big debate in 1989 will be about the imposition of excise taxes. Tort reform has refocused liability away from beverage servers, although liability has not been entirely eliminated. Server training will be an important criterion to judge liability risk, and insurance rates. Studies demonstrate that server training cuts the number of intoxicated people leaving an establishment.