10 Tips for Preparing a Safe Party this St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner it’s an important time to talk about driving under the influence and how to avoid it. Before you throw your St. Patrick’s Day Party this weekend, make sure to follow these handy tips.

1) Plan Ahead

While planning your party, try to find out how your guests will be getting home. The more details you can plan ahead, the less you’ll have to worry about drives the night of. Have extra cash on hand for taxis and encourage attendees to use other forms of transportation to get to and from your event.

2) Serve Food

When serving alcohol always make sure to have snacks and food to go with it. Having alcohol on an empty stomach will lower your guests’ tolerance, and this is something you definitely do not want.

3) Serve Regular Beverages

One of the problems with salty or greasy snacks is that they make people thirsty. Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages on hand so guests don’t go chugging the alcoholic drinks.

4) Be a Bartender

Set yourself up as the bartender or hire one for the night. Guests tend to drink less when they are not serving their own drinks.

5) No Exercise

Alcohol and physical activity do not mix! People are more likely to fall and injure themselves if they have alcohol in their system.

6) Open the Hotel

Get the guestroom ready in case anyone overdoes it. Avoid awkward situations by just preparing in advance.

7) Make an Action Plan

Know what to do and have taxi numbers on hand in case anyone needs them. Don’t wait until someone’s almost out the door to come up with a plan.

8) Make a last call

If you know your guests are planning on driving home, make sure you stop serving alcohol at an appropriate hour and switch to snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.

9) Look into designated driving chauffeur services

Designated driving services and becoming a lot more common in Ontario. In Ottawa, one option is to call Responsible Choice.

10) Stay alert

Make sure you don’t indulge too much as the host. You want to be ready and alert for any situation that will require your judgment.

Remember: as a host it is your responsibility to make sure your guests don’t leave your house under the influence. Taking small steps beforehand will help to make sure that there aren’t major consequences down the line.

If you or someone you know has been in an accident call us for a free, no-obligation consultation at 613-233-4529 and we’ll be able to answer all your questions.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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