Be responsible when serving alcohol to guests

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Regardless of the weather or even how many people you’re hosting, it’s important to remember that there is a responsibility on your part, to your guests, if you’re serving alcohol. Laws vary by state as to if you can be held liable if you serve alcohol to someone who then leaves your house and has an accident and hurts themselves or others. You can Google “social host liability laws” in your state to see what the law is in your area.

Here are some important points to keep in mind when hosting and serving alcoholic drinks from AAA's EnCompass magazine:

ENCOURAGE YOUR GUESTS to arrange for designated drivers.

PROVIDE PLENTY OF FOOD and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests.

STOP SERVING ALCOHOL well before the end of the party. Switch to non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water.

DO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL TO GUESTS WHO ARE VISIBLY INTOXICATED, and never serve alcohol to minors.

LIMIT PARTY INVITATIONS to guests whom you know. Avoid allowing anyone into your home with whom you are unfamiliar.

INFORM YOUR NEIGHBORS that you’re hosting a party.

CONSIDER HIRING A PROFESSIONAL BARTENDER. Most bartenders are trained to recognize signs of intoxication, and can help to limit alcohol consumption.

ARRANGE A RIDE with a sober guest, call alternative transportation, or arrange for overnight accommodations if guests are intoxicated or too tired to drive home.

BE A RESPONSIBLE HOST and limit your own alcohol intake so you are better able to judge your guests’ sobriety.

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