Responsible Party Hosting Tips

Here are some tips for having safe and enjoyable parties.

  1. Serve plenty of snacks and other food.
  2. Provide a variety of popular soft drinks, juices, bottled water, coffee and tea.
  3. Have one person (yourself or someone else ) be responsible for serving alcohol.
  4. Make certain that whoever serves alcohol monitors guests' consumption.
  5. Control access to all alcohol.
  6. Don't provide any common source of alcoholic beverages such as kegs or punch bowls.
  7. Serve guests only one drink at a time.
  8. Provide entertainment and other activities so that drinking alcohol is not the primary focus of the party.
  9. Don't serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  10. Model appropriate behavior and don't become intoxicated.
  11. Stop serving alcoholic beverages at least one hour before the party ends. Encourage guests to stay for a while and enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage.
  12. If anyone does become intoxicated, don't leave that person alone. Even if the guest is not driving, an intoxicated can be injured in many ways.
  13. If necessary, provide transportation for impaired guests. Call a cab, enlist the help of a sober friend, or take the impaired guest home yourself.

Don't worry if any of your guests are non-drinking alcoholics in recovery. Here are some helpful hints.

  1. Feel free to serve alcohol beverages at your party says the Caron Foundation. "The recovering alcoholic won't suddenly relapse if alcohol is available."
  2. If anyone declines a drink, accept that decision and don't ask why. There are plenty of reasons people say no to alcohol beverages, including preference, dieting, interactions with medications, and serving as designated driver, as well as being in recovery from alcoholism. There is no reason to differentiate one guest's reason for abstaining from another's.
  3. Foods cooked with wine, brandy, and other spirits long enough to evaporate the alcohol are technically OK. Most, but not all recovering alcoholics feel comfortable eating them, so let guests know what's cooled with alcohol.
  4. If you include foods containing uncooked alcohol on your buffet clearly label them as such.

Always be a responsible party host. Both you and your guests will be glad you are.

Note: This website provides no medical opinion or advice and none should be inferred.

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