Be a Good Party Host — Help Your Guests Get Home Safely

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

When you are the host

  • When guests arrive, check to make sure everyone has a sober driver to get them home after the party.
  • Prepare your favorite holiday mocktail recipes, and offer plenty of alcohol-free drinks. (See our summer mocktails here.)
  • 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 deviled eggs.
  • Avoid serving 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 (such as 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.

When you are the guest

  • Designate a sober driver, or volunteer to be the designated driver that night.
  • Download a ride-sharing app like Uber or Lyft, or 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.