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Holiday Hosting & Toasting

Thursday, December 20th, 2018, 2:35 pm

The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family. While entertaining in your home it is important to be cognizant of your liability as a host. While a social host may not be liable for injuries sustained by a drunken guest, the host can be held liable for harm to third parties, and even for passengers of the guest who have been injured in their car. Here are some tips for keeping you and your guests safe:

  • Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages: Create a holiday “mocktail” to give guests a festive and non-alcoholic drink option.
  • Always serve food. Offering food to your guests can help counter the effects of alcohol.
  • As you come toward the end of your evening stop serving liquor and switch to coffee, tea and soft drinks.
  • If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home.
  • While attending celebrations where you may be consuming alcohol, arrange for alternate transportation.

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