As a host, you are responsible for the well being of your guests. Taking your responsibilities seriously may prevent your friends from becoming alcohol related statistics. Here are a few tips for hosting a safer party:
* Don't serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age. Check id's; don't allow the serving of alcohol to or consumption of alcohol by those without proper identification.
* Keep the number of guests at a manageable number; avoid violations of occupancy limits. don't allow uninvited guests to "crash" the party.
* Don't let guests mix their own drinks. Choose a reliable bartender who will help keep track of the size and number of drinks guests consume.
* remember that beer can be just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, and a 12-ounce wine cooler contain the same amount of alcohol and the same intoxication potential as an ounce-and -a-half of liquor.
* Prepare plenty of foods so guests will not drink on empty stomachs. Avoid salty foods, which make people thirsty and drink more.
* Monitor outside activities. Don’t allow guests to carry open containers of alcohol in public places. Don’t allow guests to park their vehicles illegally.
* Be a good neighbor. Keep music, people-noise and trash/litter levels at a minimum. Clean outside litter immediately after the party.
* Ask boisterous or rude guests to leave. One such guest can ruin the party for others.
* Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for the designated driver and/or for those who prefer not to drink.
* Do not push drinks!!! Drinking at a party is not mandatory for having a good time.
* Close the "bar" 90 minutes before the party ends and serve non-alcoholic drinks or foods and coffee. Remember, though, only time sobers who are intoxicated.
* Politely, but firmly, tell intoxicated guests that you cannot let them drive home because you care. Arrange for designated drivers to taxi party-goers to their destination.
* Become familiar with signs of alcohol poisoning and treatment.
* Cooperate with police. They are usually there because someone has complained. A spirit of cooperation will help in reducing the need for enforcement actions.