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Ten worthwhile tips to reduce your risk

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | | August 31st, 2009

When it comes to hosting your own party, remember you are the one who is responsible for your home, property or rental. Be cautious of whom you allow to attend.

1. Every party should have various drink options served. Remember to put out non-alcoholic choices as well for guests who may consider driving home later.

2. What's drinking without snacks? Again, keep the choices simple yet make sure that option is open for your guests who are consuming large quantities of alcohol. Never a good idea to drink on an empty stomach as the right types of food help to absorb alcohol better.

3. Always be prepared for those friends of yours we all know will most likely need a place to crash. Set aside blankets and whatever else you may need to make them feel comfy while at your place.

4. If at all possible, try to have someone serving drinks from the bar rather than allowing guests to over-serve themselves. Also, to further avoid unnecessary rowdy behaviour, try not to serve doubles right off the bat.

5. When acting as host of a larger than normal get-together, it may be a good idea to round up a couple good friends whose assistance you may need if things don't go according to plan.

6. As a host you should be fully aware who has driven to your house to attend and who may need a little more babysitting when it comes time to want to drive home. Be prepared to take keys away until that individual has fully sobered up. The last thing you need is a lawsuit on your hands.

7. Accidents are more likely to occur with liquor in people's systems. Avoid unnecessary activities that will result in damages perhaps not only to your property but to your drunken friends as well. Go for a more relaxed atmosphere and chances are no one will get hurt.

8. Alcohol should stop being served a few hours prior to guests wanting to depart your party. To eliminate unnecessary blow-ups over no more alcohol, consider switching to non-alcoholic beverages that conveniently taste like the real deal. Once a person is at the point of no return, they won't be able to tell the difference as to what is what.

9. As a host, if at all possible remain in control and try not to get hammered yourself while potentially missing what may be going on around you. When sober you will be able to have a better grasp of a situation that may not be handled as well while under the influence.

10. Last but not least, it is never a good or even funny idea to send someone home at the end of the night with a drink for his or her ride home.

Remember it's your party, so have fun and be safe!
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