Social hosts may be sued and held liable
when guests consume alcohol and then injure
themselves or others. The information on
this website is provided only for
educational purposes in order to help
increase the safety of guests and others and is not a substitute for legal advice.
Please consult a lawyer to deal with
Why take chances?
Reduce the risks of alcohol-related
problems when entertaining and help
ensure guests arrive home safely by
following these 10 tips for responsible
plan physical activities when
you serve alcohol. People are
generally more prone to injury
or mishap after drinking.
provide low-alcohol and alcohol-free
beverages, such as Mocktails,
non-alcoholic punch, pop, bottled
water, tea and coffee.
snacks with drinks and always
have food available throughout
the party to avoid drinking on
an empty stomach. Avoid serving
salty, sweet or greasy snack foods
as guests will become thirstier.
High-starch and protein foods
such as meats, veggies, cheeses,
light dips and breads are good
prepared for overnight guests.
drinks yourself or designate a
bartender instead of having an
open bar, as guests usually drink
more when they serve themselves.
Avoid serving doubles and keep
a shot glass or jigger next to
the bottles - good measurement
makes all the difference.
a plan to deal with any guest
who drinks too much. Before the
party, ask someone reliable to
help you keep things under control.
out how guests will be getting
home from your party. Promote
the use of designated drivers
and keep cash and telephone numbers
on hand for taxis. Encourage your
guests to leave their cars at
home and take public transportation,
cabs, or walk. Never drink
and drive or ride with anyone
who has been drinking.
serving alcoholic beverages at
least an hour before the party
is over. Bring out more alcohol-free
drinks (bottled water, juice,
coffee and tea) and food. Remember
that having coffee after drinking
doesn't make you sober.
ahead so that it's easy to follow
the number one party tip is...
drink too much yourself. As the
host, you can stay on top of,
and avoid, potential problems
when you can think more clearly
and act more quickly.