Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 13, 2012

Editorial - Dec. 13, 2012: Safety first, party hosts


The issue: Holiday celebrations involving alcohol.

Our view: Part of having a successful party is being certain all of your guests make it home safely.

 

For those planning to include alcohol in their Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, Mothers Against Drunk Driving offers some advice.

Have fun, but not too much fun. To be a good host, you should stay within your limits so that you can make sure your guests stay within theirs.

After all, being a host involves more than making sure your guests have fun. Part of having a successful party is being certain all of your guests make it home safely.

One idea might be to ask guests when they respond to your invitation to designate a driver.

You should also provide plenty of food to keep guests from drinking on an empty stomach, and steer away from salty snacks, which tend to make people drink more.

You should also stock up on nonalcoholic beverages so that guests have an alternative to alcohol.

If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a noncarbonated base, such as fruit juice. Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream faster with carbonated beverages.

Close the bar 90 minutes before the party ends and serve a dessert with coffee. Remember, only time will erase the effects of alcohol.

How do you make sure a drunken guest doesn’t get behind the wheel? Call a taxi, arrange for a ride with someone who is sober or drive the drunken guest home yourself. If all of that fails, invite the person to spend the night.

It might not be easy to take someone’s keys, but keep in mind that your actions could save a life.

And if that’s not enough incentive, don’t forget that if a guest leaves your party and gets involved in a wreck, you, as the host, might be liable for damages.

So, by all means, have a great party over the holidays, but please, for everyone’s sake, make sure all of your guests get home in one piece.