Feb 25, 2016

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Four Tips To A Safer Happy Hour

Throwing a fun happy hour doesn’t mean you can just forego all safety rules. In fact, a good host knows that a great party only ends once every guest has made it home safely. Anytime you have alcohol at the party, you want to be sure that everyone remains safe. When alcohol is around, the chances of someone drinking and getting behind the wheel can increase. This is a common problem as two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash at some time in their life, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To help avoid this from happening after your party, here are some guidelines to help you follow. 

Have Plenty of Food Available

Drinking on an empty stomach can cause your guests to get drunker, faster. To help reduce the chances of your guests getting too drunk, you want to be sure there are plenty of snacks available for them to consume. One study conducted by a team of Swedish researchers found that eating increased the rate of elimination of alcohol from the bloodstream by around 25%. Not only can drinking on an empty stomach help increase the amount of time it takes a person to get drunk, but it can also reduce the level of drunkenness a person gets. On top of providing food for your guests, you want to steer clear of too many salty snacks. Salt has a habit of causing people to become more thirsty, and they could end up drinking more. 

Think About Designated Drivers

When a few good people decide to volunteer to be the designated drivers, you want to be sure to keep them as comfortable as possible. While they may not be able to drink anything with alcohol in it, you can still help them to have a good time by providing them mocktails. These are fun drink combinations that resemble traditional cocktails but do not contain any alcohol. Experiment with some fun combinations to help provide your designated drivers something to enjoy. 

Provide a Safe Place to Stay

Not all guests will plan properly. The only true way to sober up after drinking is by waiting it out. The longer it has been since you have consumed alcohol, the more sober you will get. When you have guests with no ride who have been drinking, it is important to find them an alternate mode of transportation or give them a place to stay for the night. This will ensure that they do not cause an accident by drinking and driving. 

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