A Responsible New Year's Eve - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/30/03

A Responsible New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a great time to give or attend a party, but before you do, think about what you are doing and make plans.

If you are host at a party where alcohol is being served, you have a responsibility to provide non-alcoholic drinks for those who choose not to drink. While you may not be held liable in Texas if your guests drink and drive, you may be sued if an accident occurs.

As a host, you should supply food because that slows the absorption of alcohol. Steer clear of fruit punches that contain alcohol because that makes it more difficult for someone to gauge how much they are drinking Don't rely on coffee to sober up your guests. Time is the only thing that can do that.

No form of alcohol will make you drunk more quickly than another. One beer, one and one half ounces of 'hard' liquor, and 5 ounces of wine are equally intoxicating.

If a guest appears to have had too much to drink, ask them if you can call a cab for them, have someone drive them home, or arrange a place for them to sleep over. You do not want an accident on your conscience.

If you choose to drink, do so responsibly. If you are a guest, space out your drinks. The body metabolizes about one ounce of alcohol per hour. Rotate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and don't forget to eat. Food in your stomach slows the absorption of alcohol.

In 2002, 17,419 people were killed in alcohol related traffic accidents. Over 500,000 were injured. The number of alcohol related incidents always climbs at holiday times. Be a good guest or a great host and don't become part of the statistics this year.

Here are a couple of links that will help you have a sober but fun-filled party.

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