Be a good party host by helping your guests get home safely

Before you host your next party, pause to consider that almost 30 people every day die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Both party hosts and attendees have a responsibility when it comes to safe consumption of alcohol at parties.

Here are some tips for responsibly hosting your party:

  • When guests arrive, check to make sure everyone has a sober driver to get them home after the party.
  • Prepare your favorite mocktail recipes, and offer plenty of alcohol-free drinks.
  • Stop serving alcohol before the party is scheduled to end.
  • Provide high-protein foods such as cheeses, meats, cold cuts, cheese fondues, cheese balls or devilled eggs.
  • Avoid too many pretzels, chips or other salty snacks.

Keep an eye out for signs of intoxication in your guests:

  • Loss of inhibition.
  • Loss of motor control (tripping).
  • Silliness.
  • Sadness/crying.
  • Boisterousness.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Wobbly gait.

If you have to intervene:

  • Act early.
  • Be calm but firm.
  • Speak softly.
  • Don’t take drunken statements personally.
  • Offer to pay for a ride home.
  • Get help if you need it.

If you are going out here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Designate a sober driver, or volunteer to be the designated driver that night.
  • Program the name of the local cab company in your cell phone.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast.
  • Eat protein- and carbohydrate-rich food and alternate with alcohol-free drinks.