I just bought a house in Lansing, MI.
Let's say I have a couple friends over and provide some beers. I tell them that they are free to stay in the spare room if they drink too much so they don't drive home. one of them decides to drive intoxicated and gets into an accident causing injury. Could I be held liable for this?
Using the same scenario, could I be held liable if they provided their own alcohol?
Could you, yes. But so called "dram shop" liability laws are seldom enforced but still I would urge caution. Once you tell them there is a room available and it was their choice to leave it would have to be proven you KNEW they were intoxicated. Your defense would be stronger if they provide their own drinks, that's why many establishments are BYOB.
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