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Bars are Responsible For Making Sure People Don't Get Too Drunk

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Testimony during this week's trial of a Kennewick bar bouncer revealed that the victim in the case had been drinking heavily that night. Ben Ensign's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and he was trying to get back into Jack Didley's Nightclub after he had already been kicked out.

Ben Ensign's blood alcohol level was .24 the night he was hurt outside that Kennewick bar. The Washington State Liquor Control Board said people getting to that level is all too common but they work hard to prevent it. 

An enforcement lieutenant said they check up on establishments sometimes in uniform and sometimes undercover. They're looking for people 'apparently under the influence of alcohol.'

"It isn't always obvious but for the most part, it is. Apparent intoxication is a pretty low standard and it's pretty easy to detect if you're trying. They don't have to have a special tool or equipment or instrument to measure the person's level of intoxication. They just have to see how they're behaving," said enforcement lieutenant Rob Reynolds.

Anyone who serves alcohol is required to complete a training course that teaches them what to look for. If a bar is found to be over serving someone they face fines or a liquor license suspension.

NBC Right Now attempted to talk with several bars and nightclubs around the area and they all declined to talk about the issue.