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How can I make sure my party guests stay safe while drinking?

People who are hosting parties can take steps to ensure their guests stay safe and avoid alcohol-related problems. University of California, Davis experts offer these tips:
  • Don't pressure anyone to drink.
  • Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and serve food.
  • Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
  • Don't let guests who are drunk continue drinking.
  • Don't allow guests to drive if they have had too much to drink. Remember: Coffee or a cold shower won't sober someone up. It takes time to get alcohol out of the blood.
  • People with drinking problems should create a plan for how they will manage holiday parties or other events where alcohol is served.
Partygoers don't have to bring alcohol as a gift for the host, the experts note. Tea, hot chocolate, cider and coffee are great non-alcoholic alternatives.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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