Holiday Partying Done Right

December 12, 2018
 

For many, the holiday season is about spending time with family and friends and usually involves festive gatherings, good food and laughter.

It also means a lot of travel and, for many, parties that include alcohol. So while the holidays can be an exciting time, there are some important things to consider to help keep you and your guests safe this season.

If you're hosting a party, don't overlook your holiday party safety plans. It's fine for you and your guests to enjoy themselves, but it's also important to make sure they are being responsible.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Keep an eye out for anyone who may be drinking too much, and either provide a place to stay or a means to get home with a designated driver.

Keep cab numbers on hand. If you know someone should not be driving and they insist on going home, call a cab for them instead of allowing them to take the risk of driving home for their safety and the safety of others on the roads.

Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. While many guests may want to enjoy the holidays with an alcoholic drink, offer non-alcoholic drinks as an option.

Offer food if you're offering alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause a person to become intoxicated faster. Offering food along with drinks may help prevent guests from over-indulging on alcohol alone.

If you are the person who is driving (sober, please!) Try to stay off the road between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m., when drunk driving accidents are most likely to happen, according to research from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

With a little advanced planning, you can provide a safe place for your guests to celebrate the holidays.

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