Planning to host a Super Bowl Party this year? You’re the Team Captain! Here are some helpful tips to win the night & ensure your guests get home safe:
- Ask your guests to designate their sober drivers in advance, or help them coordinate with other partygoers’ designated drivers.
- Encourage your guests to reserve a ride on the Buzz Bus ahead of time. Reservations can be made starting oat 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3. CALL THE DIAL-A-RIDE BUZZ BUS! at 661.RIDE (7433). Safe rides will be offered from 2:30-9:30 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday.
- Have plenty of alcohol-free choices available for designated drivers or those who don’t wish to consume alcohol. In addition to soft drinks, consider serving up some “mocktails” to give your non-drinking guests some celebration-worthy options.
- Offer cheese to go with that wine. Guests are more likely to become inebriated—and to leave—if they are drinking on an empty stomach. Serving food encourages people to drink more moderately and slows down the effects of alcohol.
- Invite guests to crash—at your place, that is. The easiest way to avoid driving drunk is not to drive at all. If your celebration will go into the wee hours, turn it into a slumber party to keep intoxicated friends off the road.
- Hire a bartender for the night. A designated server can keep an eye on your guests’ alcohol consumption and cut off people who have reached their limit.
- If you don’t drink, offer to drive guests home.
- Make the designated driver feel like a real MVP—tweet the driver’s name to @NHTSAgov, and they’ll make the designated driver Wall of Fame. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #designateddriver.
- Do not serve alcohol to minors. If an underage person drinks and drives, the person who served the alcohol can be held liable for any damage, injury, or death caused by the underage driver. In fact, you could face jail time if you host a party where alcohol is served to people under the age of 21.
- Finally, don’t be afraid to intervene if someone attempts to get behind the wheel while drunk. Call the Buzz Bus or a friend on their behalf, take away their keys, or call the police for assistance. Be the MVP!
Don’t think it is any of your business if guests drink and drive? Think again. A person who has provided alcoholic beverages to a guest in a social setting may be held liable in damages to any person for bodily injury, death or property damage arising from the intoxication of the social guest, if the alcoholic beverages were provided recklessly in disregard of the rights of others, including the social guest.And more importantly, while you may lose a guest for next year’s party, you could save a life.
This article is brought to you by the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council.
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