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Keep Your Party Guests Safe This Holiday Season

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It's the winter holiday season-a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Home dinner parties, informal gatherings, and other celebrations are abundant... and oftentimes, so is the alcohol

lit candlesSurveys show that over one-third of individuals arrested for drunk driving in Sonoma County had been drinking at home or someone else's home prior to their arrest. More than half believed they were okay to drive when they left the party. And, the alcohol-related injury collisions in November, December and January-the primary months for holiday entertaining-are often higher than at other times throughout the year.

Here are some simple things you can do to ensure all your guests enjoy themselves and get home safely.

  • If you plan to drink, limit your alcohol intake.
  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for guests who choose not to drink.
  • Do not pressure guests to drink; if they do drink, don't rush to fill their empty glasses.
  • Be aware of guests who are drinking too much; stop serving if you think they are intoxicated.
  • Do not allow minors to drink alcohol.
  • Always serve food.
  • Keep in mind that beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor.
  • Stop serving alcohol toward the end of the evening. Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee will not help.
  • If your guests drink too much or appear too tired to drive, call them a cab, arrange a ride with a sober guest, or allow them to sleep at your home.

Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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