It's holiday party time; time to celebrate family, friends and good cheer. Unfortunately, a whopping 50% of all holiday traffic fatalities are related to alcohol consumption. Here are some tips on playing it safe this year as a party host or guest.
Hosting a Holiday Party
Planning a holiday party at your home? You could potentially be liable if your guests over-imbibe and get into a car accident. If you host a party with alcoholic beverages, keep your guests safe with these tips in mind:
Stay sober - you'll be far better-equipped to tell if someone is inebriated.
For larger parties, consider hiring a bartender to serve drinks instead of having your guests serve themselves.
Make it easy and appealing for guests to make non-alcoholic choices. Set up a non-alcoholic beverage station with juices, soda and coffee.
Provide plenty of food, especially ones high in protein and carbohydrates to help slow down the absorption of alcohol into the body.
Provide a ride. Have taxi numbers at hand, or if you have it in your budget, consider hiring a car service for later in the evening to drive guests home safely.
Attending a Holiday Party
If you are attending a holiday party this year where you know you will be drinking, here are a few tips to stay safe.
Bring a date who's the designated driver. Whether it's a spouse, partner, friend or anyone else, make a deal that if they are the designated driver for your holiday party, that you'll return the favor for the next party.
Drink plenty of water and eat carbohydrate-rich foods to absorb alcohol. Knowing your limit is important, as well as stopping drinking 90 minutes before you leave.
Program a taxi company number in your cell phone before you leave the house so you'll have it ready if you do have too much to drink.
If it's a company party, book a room at the hotel where the party is located or a hotel near the party.
Don't be shy about asking ask the host for help in providing a place to stay or finding you a way home.
If you have an iPhone, ** download Avvo's blood alcohol calculator, Last Call**. Last Call will estimate your blood alcohol level as you add in how much you drink throughout the evening.