Planning to party? Keep it safe
When throwing a holiday party and alcohol is served,
ITD’s Office of Highway Operations and Safety offers a few tips
to help keep the holiday safe for guests:
When guests arrive, collect their car keys. Know
who is driving.
Always serve protein-rich and starchy foods throughout
the evening. These foods help retard the absorption of alcohol into
the bloodstream and help divert attention from the alcoholic drinks.
Don’t let guests mix their own drinks. Choose
a reliable “bartender” to help keep track of the size
and number of drinks a guest consumes.
Make food and non-alcoholic drinks self-serve and
easily available to encourage consumption.
Stop serving alcohol about two hours before the party
Serve coffee or non-alcoholic beverages along with
The best thing a host can do is to have someone who
has not been drinking serve as a designated driver and transport drinking
guests home. Call a cab or insist that any person who has consumed
too much alcohol to sleep overnight.
Consider giving a small gift to all designated drivers
at the party.
Encourage all guests to wear seat belts as they drive
home. The best defense against an alcohol-impaired driver is to buckle
Only time will sober up someone who has had too much
to drink. It takes about one hour for an average mixed drink, glass
of wine or bottle of beer to be “burned off” by the liver.
Coffee, cold showers, and other home remedies do not affect the blood
alcohol level or improve motor skills and reaction time.