FROM Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID)
Having a Party? Use our top ten party smart tips:
- Encourage your guests to leave their cars at home, promote the use of designated drivers
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages and have food available at all times
- Serve alcohol yourself instead of having an open bar
- Remember standard servings of beer wine and spirits all contain an equal amount of alcohol
- Stop serving alcohol long before the party stops
- Don't overserve!
- Plan activities that require little skill (don't snowmobile or ski)
- Have cash on hand for taxis
- Be prepared for guests to sleep over
- Drink sensibly yourself!
When you host a party you are responsible for your guests’ actions and behavior:
- You are considered legally responsible when you host an event in your home or office, rented hall, golf course, or on municipal property – i.e. a park or community center.
- You can be found liable even if you didn’t personally serve your guests alcohol.
- This means you can be sued if your guest drives home after drinking and is involved in a crash or even falls down the stairs.
- Protect yourself from a lawsuit and try the tips above to have a safer party.
- You are considered legally responsible in some countries!
- YOU CAN BE FOUND LIABLE IN SOME COUNTRIES
Ontario Community Council on Impaired Driving (OCCID)