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Five Tips for Helping Party Guests Avoid a DUI

Posted by David L. Clarke | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Everyone wants their party to be a hit, and over the years one of the best ways to make sure that happens is to offer plenty of adult beverages to guests. However, guests who attend your party may briefly lose sight of the fact that they have to drive and get home when the party's over. Guests who get behind the wheel while drunk not only place themselves and others around them at serious risk, but they also could be arrested and charged with driving while under the influence. Want to make sure your party goes over well and your guests stay safe? Here are some great party host options.

Have Alcohol-Free Drinks

If you've been the designated driver on a night out before, you know how much of a drag it can be. Nobody likes resorting to drinking water all night long, and in fact this is the reason why many designated drivers make the mistake of dipping into the alcohol anyway, which only exacerbates the problem of drunk driving. Why not make things easier for them by offering a number of great non-alcoholic beverage options, such as “mocktails” or “virgin alternatives.” This way your guests can still enjoy themselves and a tasty beverage while staying sober.

Have Plenty of Snacks Available

Guests with an empty stomach are a much greater risk to themselves and your other party guests than those who had a good meal before showing up to your party. But how do you know everyone who's showing up will be adequately fed? Having bowls of chips or pretzels, trays of sweets, or other snacks available will significantly help your guests stay hungry and the food will help their bodies deal with the alcohol better, reducing overall drunkenness and thus allowing them to sober up before they need to get home.

Invite Your Guests to Stay With You

If someone gets so drunk that you know they aren't going to be able to make it home without significant risk to themselves and to others, offer them your couch for the night. Not only will you be able to have the confidence that your guests were able to get home safe, but you won't have to hear the news that one of them was arrested for DUI. Your guest will also be extremely thankful as well, knowing that you didn't force them to take that risk.

Hire a Bartender

Having a bartender serves two purposes. On one hand, it opens the door to all sorts of mixed drinks and options you wouldn't have thought possible. On the other, it means there's someone who's keeping an eye on your guests and knows how much they have been drinking. A bartender can cut off guests who have had too much to drink and give them the ability to recover enough to come back to a clear and coherent mindset. This is a great idea if you're going to have a large party with more guests than you can reasonably keep an eye on.

Intervene if You Need To

While nobody likes to be the wet blanket who puts a damper on someone's night, it's not worth it to let a party guest become a risk to themselves or to those on the road with them. If you notice one of your guests has had too much, step in and stop them from drinking further. While your friend might seem upset initially, they'll probably thank you the next day when they realize how much trouble they could have been in if they had tried to drive in that state.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with DUI, you should not hesitate to retain legal representation from a Murfreesboro DUI lawyer. Attorney David L. Clarke of The Clarke Law Firm has helped numerous clients find a successful resolution to their case using a tried-and-tested strategy.

Call The Clarke Law Firm today by dialing (615) 796-6299 and request a consultation!

About the Author

David L. Clarke

As a Murfreesboro attorney, I handle criminal defense cases, personal injury cases, and divorce/child custody cases. I realize that when someone hires me for one these legal issues, they are going through one of the toughest times in their lives. When hired on your case, I will meet with you as o...


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