NLC Enjoy - Fall • Winter 2023

RESPONSIBLE hosting Hosting an upcoming gathering? Did you know that you may be held responsible for what happens to guests while they are in your home, on your property, or at any function that you organize regardless of the location? When you host an event where alcohol is being served, you are responsible for taking steps to protect your guests from harm, including those who may be impaired or intoxicated, and ensuring everyone gets home safely. Tips Whether you’re planning a dinner for four or a party for twenty, these tips will help you provide a safe and enjoyable get-together for both you and your guests.

As the host, drink minimally or not at all. If anything does arise, you will be able to manage it effectively and safely.


Serve drinks yourself or designate a responsible bartender to avoid overdrinking by guests. Measure your drinks appropriately by using a shot glass or jigger, and avoid serving double drinks.


Have food readily available. Create your own charcuterie board with a variety of cheese, meats, crackers, bread, nuts, vegetables and fruit.


Always ensure that you provide non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beverage options. As a bonus, offer a mocktail as a signature drink. Check out some of our favourite mocktails on the next page.


Never serve alcohol to minors and never serve guests to the point of intoxication.


Stop serving alcoholic beverages at least an hour before the party is over.


Plan activities for your guests so that drinking isn’t the main focus of the party. Avoid drinking games as they encourage alcohol to be consumed too quickly.


Ensure guests have a safe way home. Confirm designated drivers and keep cab information on hand. If a safe transportation option is not available, your party just turned into a sleepover.




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