Are you a responsible host?
From summer barbeques to Christmas and many points in between, there are plenty of occasions to celebrate with friends and family. As a good host, you want to make sure everyone has a great time, but you should also be aware of your responsibilities even after your guests leave.
While most successful alcohol liability lawsuits have been against commercial businesses like bars and restaurants, as a social host you can be held legally responsible for the safety and sobriety of your guests if damages or injuries occur as a result of the alcohol you provide. You could also be liable if you knew your guest was intoxicated and you did nothing to prevent that person from driving or causing an injury to another person. Hosts are responsible for their guests’ behavior until they’re sober, not just until they leave the party.
How can you tell if your guest has had too much?
If you know your guests well enough, you’ll know when their behavior changes. Everyone reacts to alcohol differently, but typical signs include slurring and changes in speech volume or pace; sleepiness and decreased alertness; unsteady movements and stumbling; red eyes, excessive sweating, and noticeable shallow breathing. The goal as a good host is to know your guests well enough to catch them before their symptoms get too severe.
Add prevention to your party plans