Date: July 17, 2019

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Be A Responsible Host

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:21 PM

When family and friends get together, many times alcohol is part of the fun. As a good host your role goes beyond planning a fun evening for family and friends. If alcohol is served, ensure the event comes to a safe and happy ending by monitoring your guests’ actions and behaviours. Something as simple as a fight or a fall, or something more serious like a crash, can ruin the fun.

As a guest, you have a responsibility too. Overdrinking can ruin a good time for others very easily. You can be the ‘life of the party’ or the ‘joke of the party’. When planning, consider a party with no alcohol, but if alcohol is served, here are some tips to help you host a safe and enjoyable party:

  1. NEVER serve alcohol to guests under the legal drinking age.
  2. Offer non-alcoholic beverages. Try recipes listed below or provided in the Sarnia-Lambton Mocktail Guide (PDF).
  3. NEVER let your friends drive after drinking; use a designated driver; tell guests to leave their cars at home; call a cab and offer to pay; offer a place to stay.
  4. Do not have an open bar.
  5. Do not force drinks on guests.
  6. Have high protein food available. Food slows the absorption of alcohol.
  7. Avoid risky activities while drinking, i.e. swimming, boating, skiing, sledding, etc.
  8. Plan activities so drinking is not the main focus.
  9. Stop serving alcohol at least one (1) hour before the party stops.
  10. Only time reduces the effects of alcohol.

As a guest:

  1. Set limits for yourself and abide by them.
  2. Drink slowly. Have no more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
  3. For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
  4. Eat before and while you are drinking.
  5. Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.

Your role as a good host goes beyond planning a fun evening. If alcohol is served, monitor your guests’ actions and behaviours, or the fun can end quickly.
Host: Consider an alcohol-free party, but if alcohol is served:

  1. NEVER serve alcohol to underage guests.
  2. Offer non-alcoholic beverages. Try recipes from the Sarnia-Lambton Mocktail Guide (PDF).
  3. NEVER let friends drive after drinking.
    • use a designated driver
    • tell guests to leave their cars at home
    • call a cab and offer to pay
    • offer a place to stay
  4. Do not have an open bar.
  5. Do not force drinks on guests.
  6. Offer high protein food. Food slows the absorption of alcohol.
  7. Avoid risky activities while drinking, like swimming, boating, skiing, sledding.
  8. Plan activities so drinking is not the main focus.
  9. Stop serving alcohol at least 1 hour before the party stops.
  10. Only time reduces the effects of alcohol.

As a guest you have a responsibility too:
1. Set limits for yourself and abide by them.
2. Drink slowly: No more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
3. For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
4. Eat before and while drinking.