Be a Responsible Host
The National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) a member of the National 3D Prevention Month coalition offers the following great ideas:
- When your guests arrive, collect their car keys. That way, when they are ready to leave, they must get a second opinion on whether they're sober enough to drive home.
- Always serve food with alcohol. High protein and carbohydrate foods like cheese and meats are especially good. They stay in the stomach much longer, which slows the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol.
- Have several jiggers or self-measuring one-ounce bottle spouts at the bar to mix drinks. Guests are less likely to drink excessively when standard measures are used.
- If you serve alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base such as fruit juice. The body absorbs alcohol faster when mixed with carbonation.
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages. It is possible that some of your guests will not want to drink alcohol.
- Do not force drinks on your guests or rush to refill their glasses when empty. Some guests may not wish to appear rude and will accept drinks they do not want.
- Stop serving alcohol about two hours before the party is over. Guests then have time for their bodies to absorb the alcohol consumed. Serve coffee or other non-alcoholic beverages as well as food.
If you observe a guest drinking too much:
- Engage him/her in conversation to slow down the drinking
- Offer high protein food like pizza, shrimp or spareribs.
- Offer to make the next drink, using less alcohol and mixing it with a non-carbonated base.