By Jo Ann Hummers on December 17, 2019
Many people believe that the main attraction at a party should be something other than alcohol, because of the dangers and liabilities of “overindulging.” Alcohol has traditionally been a major factor in holiday celebrations, but in recent years lawsuits have been successfully brought against restaurants, bars, employers, even friends of people who have died or been injured after leaving a holiday get-together.
The following information has been taken from facts shared by the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information in the hope that it may encourage safer holiday events.
Facts to Remember
Suggestions for party planners
When the Party’s Over
Your responsibility as a host is even more important at this point. Should any of your guests be unable to drive due to alcohol impairment, be sure to provide several options.
If the above options are not available, you can offer your place to spend the night. If the person insists on driving despite his or her obvious intoxication, take the keys, ask for help from other guests, or temporarily disable the car. If all else fails, say you will call the police (and do so.)
Sources: 1. For additional information on alcohol-safe and drug-free parties, contact the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-729-6686.
Jo Ann Hummers, EdD, is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She has a private practice at the Nags Head Professional Center. Her work includes DWI assessments and treatment, smoking cessation sessions, and treatment for gambling addiction. This column is repeated from previous holiday seasons.