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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!

Alcohol Alertness

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..


Mocktails – zero-proof drinks – are lifesavers.

Party-givers serve them interspersed with regular cocktails, non-drinkers enjoy mocktails as fun-to-make, festive beverages, and kids love them because it makes them feel like they’re a part of the party. Click the link below to learn more and get recipes: