How hosts can avoid al­co­hol-re­lated in­ci­dents

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Host­ing a party for friends, fam­ily and/or pro­fes­sional col­leagues can be a big re­spon­si­bil­ity. Many of the tasks as­so­ci­ated with host­ing are fun, and peo­ple who en­joy en­ter­tain­ing may even en­joy the less-thrilling tasks that must be tack­led be­fore wel­com­ing guests into their homes. Hosts who in­tend to serve al­co­hol at their par­ties must give am­ple at­ten­tion to safety in ad­vance of their guests’ ar­rival. The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion notes that more than 10,000 peo­ple died in al­co­hol-im­paired driv­ing crashes in the United States in 2015, ac­count­ing for nearly one-third of all traf­fic-re­lated deaths in the coun­try that year. Hosts must avoid over­serv­ing al­co­hol, as that can put the lives of guests and peo­ple they share the road with in jeopardy. In ad­di­tion, hosts might be found li­able should any­one be in­jured or killed by guests who drank too much at their par­ties.

Cur­tail­ing con­sump­tion

Hosts who in­tend to serve al­co­hol at their par­ties can cur­tail con­sump­tion in var­i­ous ways. Choose to host a party in early af­ter­noon, end­ing it by late in the af­ter­noon or early in the even­ing. Adults are un­likely to con­sume sub­stan­tial amounts of al­co­hol dur­ing the day, and many may avoid al­co­hol al­togther. An­other way to re­duce im­bib­ing is to avoid buy­ing too much al­co­hol. Over­stock­ing a bar or re­frig­er­a­tor may en­cour­age guests to overindulge or give them the mis­taken im­pres­sion that the al­co­hol will be free-flow­ing through­out the party. When pur­chas­ing al­co­hol for the party, hosts should keep in mind that some guests will likely bring al­co­hol as a gift, and that should af­fect how much al­co­hol hosts buy in ad­vance of the party. Pre­par­ing or order­ing more food than might be nec­es­sary also can cur­tail al­co­hol con­sump­tion. Guests who have plenty to eat might spend more time eat­ing than drink­ing, and eat­ing one’s fill may dis­cour­age al­co­hol con­sump­tion be­cause of feel­ing too full.

Trans­porta­tion

Hosts can make trans­porta­tion ar­range­ments for guests to re­duce the risk of al­co­hol-re­lated in­ci­dents af­ter their par­ties. When spread­ing news of the party, hosts can ask for guests to vol­un­teer as des­ig­nated driv­ers while also in­form­ing their guests they in­tend to serve as des­ig­nated driv­ers as well. Make sure each group of peo­ple who ar­rives to­gether has at least one des­ig­nated driver among them. Hosts who want to go the ex­tra mile can re­ward their des­ig­nated driv­ers with a small gift to serve as a to­ken of their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for ab­stain­ing from al­co­hol dur­ing the party. In ad­di­tion to ar­rang­ing for des­ig­nated driv­ers, hosts can re­serve taxis or rideshar­ing ser­vices to pick up guests af­ter the party. In­form guests about this in ad­vance so they do not drive to the party. Many peo­ple en­joy host­ing par­ties for friends, fam­ily and/or col­leagues at their homes. But hosts must make con­certed ef­forts to en­sure their guests do not overindulge in al­co­hol.

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