Is it illegal to serve alcohol to pregnant women? IYCATT (Admin) | June 27, 2013 | Questions | Comments Is it illegal to serve alcohol to pregnant women? If not, can we refuse to? I made four drinks and two shots for a woman who was six or seven months pregnant…that was not fun at all. Ruined my day. ~Maria Tags:alcohol, bartending, customer, illegal, law, pregnant, pregnant customer, pregnant women, serving, serving alcohol, serving alcohol to pregnant women, serving industry Related Posts Can A Restaurant Make My Husband Get Rid Of His Facial Hair? Comments | Feb 28, 2013 Is it legal for my boss to be dipping into my credit card tips? Comments | Jun 6, 2013 Restaurant Assessments Comments | Mar 29, 2013 I’ve Noticed A Decline In Tips Since I Dyed My Hair Comments | Sep 17, 2013 Ryan Walsingham Newhart:July 1, 2015 at 5:26 pmAnyone who thinks it's "ok" to have a drink while pregnant is a selfish bitch! If you can refrain for putting potentially harmful things into your body while pregnant then don't get fucking pregnant! Kristi Ray-Mootz:March 31, 2015 at 6:01 pmThis one bugs me for a couple reasons. I think I would have called a manager to deal with this lady. It is overserving, not just for a pregnant woman. Years ago, women would drink all night & there wasn't a huge influx of problem babies. Maybe that is why some women take the risk. Idk. I couldn't do it when I was pregnant; the guilt of harming someone with no say or recourse was way too much, even when I was 18. It seemed wrong. Now, the other similar post about a breastfeeding mother drinking & having the cops called- that one would make me lose it. I was told by several doctors that a glass of wine or beer could help with let-down, especially if you have trouble. so I would have a glass or beer on occassion, knowing that most of the alcohol was filtered into my body, & it was suggested to help my milk. There's a line between mind-your-own-business & watching someone harm another, but a simple, "I don't feel comfortable with this, I'm afraid I can't accommodate you," should be enough. If someone said that to me BEFORE they called an officer, I would explain my pov & say I understand theirs. But, really, how many people fight for the woman's rights- maybe this person wasn't that pregnant, just looked it, & planned to abort. If you support a woman's right to her body, it's her choice what she does with it, right? Christina Cortez:September 23, 2013 at 9:11 pmIt is illegal to refuse to serve a pregnant woman. No, you can't refuse service to anyone for any reason. There are laws protecting their individual freedoms and rights. Arin Williams:July 24, 2013 at 8:29 amUnfortunately, stupidity is not illegal yet. لكس ولت:July 11, 2013 at 3:46 amNot illegal, but you CAN refuse service to anyone for any reason and for no reason. I know every server knows that, I've seen many go on about it and use it to justify discrimination. So you could have not served her alcohol (well, I know some alcohol is fine but that much is far beyond the bounds of reason). And frankly, you're very sick and selfish to have done it. I know it doesn't affect you if her baby is born deformed, but that shouldn't matter. You shouldn't be willing to help her deform her fetus just because you legally can. It's sad that people are willing to do things like this as long as they cover their asses. Audra Elise Anderson:July 8, 2013 at 5:09 amIt's actually illegal to refuse them alcohol service based on the fact that they're pregnant. It's considered discrimination. Thing is even though the restaurant can't refuse service for this reason the server can always decide to get another server or a manager to serve the drinks if it make them that uncomfortable. I've had to do it before. I don't care how much I love my job. I just cannot go to bed knowing I spent my day killing someone's baby. Kate Crabill:July 2, 2013 at 12:36 amYeah I'd refuse to serve them. And if I lost my job oh well...they're morons if they think I'm gonna get them shots and mixed drinks... Jamie Lynn Rajda:July 1, 2013 at 3:09 pmMaybe she wasn't pregnant.... Helena Zubkow:June 30, 2013 at 12:43 amShame on anyone who would serve a pregnant woman more than one glass of wine. What is this nonsense that you 'can't' refuse them? I'd rather lose my job than ruin a kid's life. Lisa Tobin:June 28, 2013 at 6:59 pmHas it occurred to anyone that possibly the woman and her fetus had medical issues that make her drinking a moot point? There are some medical conditions that cause a woman to have to carry to term (no money for pricey abortion) even though the baby cannot and will not suvive upon delivery (if baby is brain dead, etc.). Or maybe it was already dead and she was the lucky winner of 'waiting for her body to begin labor naturally to expell the deceased baby'....these are all very real situations....most pregnant women are not going to be sitting at a bar pounding drinks, even the alcoholic ones...people care about what other people think...except the ones who have nothing left to lose. Mind your own business, people usually have reasons for the choices they make, even if your mind can't conceive of it. Tracie Kreider:June 28, 2013 at 7:23 pmI agree and I have seen that happen. You cannot judge a book by its cover! Blondie Veronica Serna:December 2, 2014 at 5:17 amhmmmmmmm....the fucc? Nemo Valdez:June 28, 2013 at 3:57 pmWas she legitimately pregnant... My mom has an deformity in where it looks as if she may be 9 months but not pregnant at all Casi Ritchie:June 28, 2013 at 3:39 pmI get that serving someone pregnant isn't illegal. However if their drinking for two, shouldn't you be able to cut them off for their fetus being too intoxicated? Brook Erin:June 28, 2013 at 12:50 pmIt is not illegal. Each establishment, here in Texas, can choose not to serve anyone for any reason as long as they have a sign to that effect posted. Emily Morgan Ellis:June 28, 2013 at 11:28 amI worked at a bar here in Michigan with a sign on the wall reading "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." however, the only people we WEREN'T allowed to not serve, was pregnant women. If they want to drink, it is literally against the law to not serve them... pretty messed up, I wouldn't be comfortable doing it. Although we did have a bachelor party with several pregnant women who were having fun taking shots of juice ;) Tori Rommes:June 28, 2013 at 6:14 amI don't think it is illegal anywhere. I'm curious if she said she was pregnant or just looked pregnant. Some women still look pregnant after birth. Christina McInroy:June 28, 2013 at 6:05 amI cannot believe some of these pregnant boozers defending themselves. "Don't tell me how to live MY life" ...? Woman it's not JUST YOUR life anymore!!! Teresa Rodrigo:June 28, 2013 at 6:01 amNo it not..but you do have the right to refuse service...hard drinks not cool but it is said that one glass of red wine is ok... Allie Kemper:June 28, 2013 at 5:38 amIt is illegal to refuse service because someone us pregnant. This is because you might be serving a women who is 2 months pregnant but not serving one 6 months pregnant. Vu-Nguyen Tong:June 28, 2013 at 5:38 amWhy would you serve her 4 drinks?... I wouldve cut her off after the first one and just tell you're manager if they complain that you think shes drunk already. And why would you ask if it's illegal when you've already done it? Jeremy Mumford:June 28, 2013 at 5:06 amIt's completely illegal in Canada, any establishment that serves a pregnant woman and gets caught loses their liquor license for 30 days, plus a $5000 fine for the server and a $5000 fine to the restaurant. Darren Fitzgerald:June 28, 2013 at 1:18 amIt is not illegal to serve a pregnant woman alcohol if she asks for it. Just like selling them cigarettes. People are responsible for their own behavior. I can't believe I said that with a straight face! Beth Gehris:June 28, 2013 at 12:49 amIt's not illegal, unethical yes and distasteful. If your manager was intelligent she would have been cut off before reaching SIX alcoholic beverages, certainly putting her above the legal limit. Carolyn Skinner:June 27, 2013 at 11:41 pmMy first question is how did you know the lady was pregnant? I've been a server and had an obviously pregnant woman order a drink. I served it to her and then told my co-workers that I couldn't believe the woman was drinking alcohol only to find out that she wasn't pregnant....she had delivered her baby several months before. In today's world it isn't politically correct to assume someone is pregnant unless they share that info with you. Madelynn Winnefred:June 28, 2013 at 4:37 pmThat was my first thought too! How did the server know for sure the woman was pregnant? That being said, I'm glad I'll never be pregnant because I'm not sure what I'd do if other people didn't want me drinking for three quarters of a year... LoL Vera Crane:June 27, 2013 at 10:56 pmHow do you all feel about letting a child eat the garnish that has been IN the drink? Amber Abubo:June 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm It's not illegal, and if you refuse service based on the fact she's pregnant, you could be sued for sexual discrimination.