ABC's of Party Giving
First Be a Friend - Then a Host
Host a great party and prevent the tragedy of a drunk driving crash when your guests leave. Practice AAA’s ABCs of party giving!
Be sure your guests are the life of the party. Here are some tips for responsible hosting:
- Ask them to choose a designated driver for the evening, a person who will remain sober during the party and drive the group home.
- Have a car key collection when your guests arrive. Tag the keys much like coats and hats.
- When guests leave, detect their level of intoxication. If you feel they would be unsafe behind the wheel, call them a cab or arrange for other transportation.
- Mix drinks yourself, avoid open bars. Limit mixing drinks with carbonation, as carbonated beverages increase alcohol absorption.
- Close your bar 90 minutes before your party is over – and don’t encourage “one for the road."
- Offer alternative non-alcoholic drink options such as water, soft drinks, tea, coffee and mocktails. Find links to recipes below.
Always serve high protein foods, such as cheese and meats. They stay in the stomach longer and slow down the rate of intoxication. Mashed potatoes and beans (as well as other starchy foods) are great too. Minimize salt. Salt makes people thirsty and speeds up intoxication. Serve dips and spreads with unsalted or low-salt crackers or raw vegetables. Also consider cold-cut trays, cheese fondues and cheese balls. Always provide non-alcoholic drinks; soft drinks, juices, punch, sugar-free beverages and delight everyone with the delicious treat Pretenders in this brochure.
Remember: only TIME will make your guests
sober. Not coffee and not cold showers. It
takes about one hour to burn off an average
drink. 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer
and 1 1/2 ounces of liquor all contain about
the same amount of alcohol.
Keep watch on behavior. Sleepy, too talkative,
too giddy, and uncoordinated guests are
under the influence. Arrange ride-share or
cab rides, rides with the “designated driver,”
or invite intoxicated friends to sleep over.
For irate intoxicated guests, “hide” their
car keys until they have found another ride
home. You may feel as if you have lost a
friend that night, but you will have an even
better friend the next morning..