Everyone loves a fun party, but there always needs to be some ground rules. Keeping everyone's safety in mind doesn't mean the fun has to end. If you're throwing a party, you have a responsibility to ensure your guests don't drink and drive. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to prevent drunk driving.
Give transportation options
Not every party is going to have a designated driver, or sometimes the designated driver leaves early or ends up drinking. Whatever the case is, have a plan for getting everyone back home safely. Everyone can pitch in for taxis. Many companies offer free rides for drunk drivers, especially during holidays. Most ridesharing apps for smartphones offer discounted rides when you refer friends. Take advantage of any way you can get your guests safe and reliable transportation.
Serve nonalcoholic beverages
One surefire way to increase the risk of drunk driving is offering nothing but alcoholic drinks at your party. While you might be able to enjoy some drinks because the party is in the comfort of your own home, keep all of your guests in mind. Designated drivers and people under 21 will especially appreciate a wider selection of beverages. Offering virgin variations of alcoholic drinks is a good idea.
Prioritize other activities
Reduce drunk driving by taking the main focus of your party off the alcohol. Provide various forms of entertainment for your guests. Playing music, setting up games, dancing and putting on movies are all options to make your party focused on other things rather than just drinking.
Every good party should have food, but you can provide certain types of food to slow the absorption of alcohol. High-carb, high-protein foods like meats and cheese accomplish this. Reduce the salty foods you serve that will make guests more likely to drink. Keep the chips and popcorn to a minimum.
Set ground rules
Even if some people call you a party pooper, you ought to set some rules and stick to them as a responsible host. Here are some rules to consider:
- Require each guest chooses a designated driver.
- Never allow minors to drink.
- Stop serving alcohol an hour or two before the party ends.
It is far better to be safe than sorry and do what you can to avoid accidents when dealing with alcohol and driving.
As a party host, you have a unique position of responsibility. Follow these tips to ensure your guests are safe. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by drunk driving, consult an attorney.