Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and you may be planning a party to cheer on the Eagles or the Patriots. If you’re serving alcohol you may want to familiarize yourself with social host liability laws in your state.
Auto accidents spike following Super Bowl games but they’re not all alcohol related. A study conducted in 2003 by the University of Toronto found that fans of the losing team were much more likely to get into an accident than fans of the winning team. In the losing state the number of crashes increased 68 percent after the game, and only 6 percent in the winning state. Accidents climbed 46 percent in the “neutral” states.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can protect yourself and your guests:
- Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that they can drive other guests home.
- Limit your own alcohol intake as a responsible host/hostess, so that you will be better able to judge your guests’ sobriety.
- Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol.
- Do not pressure guests to drink or rush to refill their glasses when empty. And never serve alcohol to guests who are visibly intoxicated.
- Stop serving liquor toward the end of the evening. Switch to coffee, tea and soft drinks.
- If guests drink too much or seem too tired to drive home, call a cab, arrange a ride with a sober guest or have them sleep at your home.
- Encourage all your guests to wear seatbelts as they drive home. Studies show that seatbelts save lives.
This I.I.I. article has more helpful suggestions about responsible social hosting.