The Coalition for Drug Abuse Prevention's
 
Party Hearty Guide


Safe Celebrating Tips for Hosts and Guests

 



HOW TO BE A SUPER SAFE HOST

Do your best to maintain a tension-free atmosphere. Guests should not have to drink in order to relax.

Do not have an open bar. Deemphasize alcohol by putting the bar someplace out of the way. Serve your guests yourself or hire someone to do it. Measure the alcohol carefully and use light doses. If you decide to have an open bar, have several jiggers or self-measuring spouts at the bar to mix drinks. Guests are less likely to drink excessively when standard measures of care are used.

Have an attractive variety of non-alcoholic beverages on hand and make them at least as accessible as the alcoholic drinks. If you are serving mixed drinks, be aware that non-carbonated mixers retard the absorbtion of alcohol into the bloodstream while carbonated mixers speed it up.

MORE HOSTING TIPS

If the event includes dinner and drinks, keep the drinking period short and have hors d'oeuvres available throughout.

Do not force drinks on your guests or rush to refill empty glasses. Some guests may not wish to appear rude and will accept drinks they do not want. Make sure that non-alcoholic beverages are available during dinner as well as before.

Stop serving alcohol TWO HOURS before the party is over.

If despite all of these precautions, a guest drinks to the point of impairment and you are not certain he or she will be driven home by a sober companion, then drive the guest home yourself, arrange for a taxi, or put them up in your home for the night. If they refuse these alternatives, then take the keys away using physical restraint, if necessary. However unpleasant this may be, you must take charge when someone is too impaired to use good judgement.

IT'S YOUR PARTY

Never serve alcohol, or allow it to be served, to a guest who seems intoxicated. If you observe a guest drinking too much:

  • Engage him or her in conversation to slow down the drinking
  • Offer high protien food
  • Make the next drink using less alcohol-mix with a non-carbonated base.
REMEMBER:
NEITHER COFFEE NOR A COLD SHOWER WILL SOBER SOMEONE UP,
ONLY TIME WILL DO THAT!
   
NEVER SERVE ALCOHOL
TO ANYONE UNDER 21

 
     
 

 

 
     
   

 

HOW TO BE A SAFE
PARTY-HEARTY GUEST


Guidlines for Guests

Support and cooperate with your host's or hostess' efforts to make the event safe and pleasent for all.

Do not hesitate to exercise your right to refuse drinks or to avoid alcoholic beverages altogether.

If you choose to drink, moderate your intake. If you arrive in a group, arrange for one member to take responsibility for doing the driving. That person should not drink alcohol on that occasion.

Be aware that some people metabolize alcohol at different rates. It is a good idea to allow a minimum of two hours for each drink consumed.

Some people will need longer than this time period.

A standard drink is 12 oz. of beer or 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of spirits.

In general, women are more readily affected by alcohol than men are because of lower average body weight, different tissue composition, and other factors.

If a woman is pregnant or nursing, the safest decision for her and her baby is not ot drink.

Partygoers taking medication should be aware that many drugs- both prescription and over-the-counter-can interact with alcohol to produce unpleasant or even dangerous side effects. If in doubt, consult your physician or pharmicist.

Above all, understand that each one of us is responsible for our own behavior and must bear the consequences of it. THE BEST POLICY IS NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE.


REPORT ALL DRUNK DRIVERS
How to Spot An Impaired Driver
Turning With Wide Radius
Straddling Center of Lane Marker
Almost Striking Object or Vehicle
Weaving
Driving on Other Than Designated Road
Swerving
Slow Speed (more than 10 MPH Below)
Stopping (without cause) in Traffic Lane
Following Too Closely
Drifting
Tires On Center or Lane Marker
Braking Erratically
Driving Into Opposing or Crossing Traffic
Signaling Inconsistent With Driving Actions
Slow Response To Traffic Signals
Stopping Inappropriately
Turning Abruptly or Decelerating Rapidly
Headlights Off When They Should Be On
The Visual Cues Presented Here
Are Listed In
Descending Order
of Probability
That The Person Observed
Is
Driving While Impaired.

 

To Report An Impaired Driver
In North Carolina

Call 911




FUN AND SOBER DRINKS
Sample Non-Alcholic Drink Recipes

Orange Sour

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup apricot nectar
  • 1 envelope instant whiskey sour drink mix
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • orange slices
  • maraschino cherries
Combime ingredients in container or blender and process 15 seconds. Pour into on-the-rocks glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with orange slices and cherries.
Yields 2 8-ounce servings.


Spiced Cider

  • quart cider
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 8 whole allspice
  • 2 , 4-inch cinnamon sticks
  • salt
Combine all ingredients in 2-quart suacepan. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool: refrigerate covered, several hours. Just before serving, reheat slowly. Strain to remove spices. Serve hot in mugs or punch cups.
Yields 8 servings.

Winning Tea Punch

  • 1/2 cup instant tea
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 6-oz. can frozen lemonade, limeade, pineapple juice concentrate
  • pint cranberry juice cocktail
In punch bowl, combine instant tea, water, and juices. Just before serving, add ice.
Makes more than 1 gallon, or 25 servings.

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Updated December 10, 2008

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