Q: I’m hosting a college graduation party this spring. I want to be a responsible host. What should I do to keep my guests from overindulging and then driving home?

A: Nothing dampens the satisfaction of throwing a fun party like finding out that a party guest got a DUI in Virginia or got hurt in an alcohol-related accident. Consider these tips for hosting a fun, yet safe, party:

  • Serve plenty of food. That way, guests won’t be drinking on empty stomachs.
  • Serve a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. A guest may feel uncomfortable answering questions about why she’s not drinking. Serving punch or a non-alcoholic version of a cocktail may help non-drinkers heed off questions by nosey guests.
  • Avoid playing drinking games. Not only do these promote drinking, but they can cause people to lose track of how much they’ve had to drink. Provide other entertainment.
  • Ask about designated drivers as guests enter the party. Make sure any designated driver drinks responsibly, if at all.
  • Keep an eye out for people who have had too much to drink. If you notice someone is speaking with a slur, walking off-balance, getting loud and obnoxious, or engaging in other behaviors that indicate drunkenness, make sure that person will not be driving home.
  • Help people get home safely. Ask a sober guest to take another guest home. Call a cab for someone. Offer to let someone sleep on your couch so they can drive home sober in the morning.

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