This is the time of year when there are many holiday parties whether at your home or at the office. Under certain circumstances, there can be legal liability if you host a party and over serve people who ultimately end up injuring others. Even if no legal responsibility for those injuries being responsible for someone’s injuries or death can ruin a person’s life. There are things that you can do at holiday parties to help both decrease your responsibility for injuries caused by drunken guests after they leave the party as well as to make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
- First, research shows that uncomfortable guests tend to over drink to compensate. As a result, this can be avoided by inviting compatible guests.
- Next, plan group activities such as party games, dance contests, door prizes and focus on fun as opposed to alcohol. Of course, avoid drinking games.
- Prepare lots of food so guests do not drink on an empty stomach.
- Make sure to have on hand a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers and those who prefer not to drink.
- Make arrangements to have a local taxi service available should someone need a ride and be intoxicated.
- Close the bar 90 minutes before the party ends and serve late desert and coffee. Only time sobers someone who is intoxicated.
- Finally, try to visit with each of your guests before they leave. If someone drinks too much, make arrangements for them to stay or have another sober guest drive them home.
Of course, common sense is the best advice for those hosting these parties. Of course, the host can have a good time but should remain sober to make sure the others are safe both during as well as after they leave the party. In the event you or a loved one are injured because of someone’s negligence contributed to too much alcohol whether at a holiday party or other event, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free, no obligation consultation. These cases are generally handled on a contingency fee basis so there is no cost to you until and only if there is a recovery.