With the arrival of September, that means the holiday season is just around the corner. Many Americans will celebrate fall and winter with friends and family, typically surrounded by large amounts of food and even alcoholic beverages.
However, drunk driving accidents and deaths increase substantially during this time of year, especially around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. If you are planning to host a party or gathering, ensure that you are taking the right steps to help your guests avoid getting a DUI once your event concludes.
Here are some important tips to help your guests avoid driving home drunk:
- Coordinate riding situations. There are easy and affordable ways to help your guests return home without making them drink under the influence. You can assign a designated driver, use a ridesharing app such as Uber or Lyft, call a cab, or make them take public transportation.
- Let them sleep over. Another alternative is to have them spend the night at your place, which will give you peace of mind, knowing that your guests are not at risk for getting a DUI.
- Have an ample amount of food. Eating plenty of food will help you and your guests absorb alcohol better.
- Cut off the alcohol supply before the end of the party. If you shut down the supply of alcohol at least two hours before your party is over, it gives your guests enough time to sober up if they decide to drive home.
- Pay attention to guests at all times. It is important to be aware of who is and isn’t drunk. If you do not wish to keep close tabs and enjoy your party, you can hire a bartender to manage how much alcohol each of your guests consumes.