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New Year’s Eve party hosts need to be careful serving alcohol

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, yet with participation in the festivities comes a responsibility to focus on safety. This is especially true for those who serve adult beverages at these annual gatherings.

Party throwers are duty-bound to regulate the alcohol consumption of their guests. Little could be more devastating than learning that an intoxicated reveler is responsible for causing a fatal accident.

Checking identification

Those who choose to entertain must verify that anyone they serve an alcoholic drink to is of age. This simple step can reduce the risk of a still-forming mind from causing a tragic wreck.

Monitoring alcohol consumption

Anyone providing spirits should keep a close eye on the alcoholic intake of others. According to the Mayo Clinic, 39% of men and 24% of women are at risk for heavy drinking on New Year’s Eve. Wisdom demands their servers actively encourage moderation and provide non-alcoholic alternatives. They should also offer snacks that slow alcohol absorption and mitigate its effects.

Recognizing signs of intoxication

When someone appears overly tipsy, the hosts must take appropriate measures. Proactive decisions may include arranging transportation or finding a sober friend to prevent the person from getting behind the wheel.

Having a plan for intervening

Dealing with boozy partygoers can be tricky, as refusing to hand over car keys sometimes triggers an unfavorable reaction. Keeping an intoxicated person from hitting the road could require the involvement of friends and family or, in extreme cases, assistance from local authorities.

Anyone hosting a party assumes the obligation of creating an environment that prioritizes the safety of everyone who attends. Those who do not could find themselves defendants in a serious lawsuit.