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Tips For Keeping Party Guests Safe this Holiday Season

Courtesy of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services

It's the winter holiday season, a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Home dinner parties, informal gatherings, and other celebrations are abundant...and often times, so is the alcohol.

Surveys show that over one-third of individuals arrested for drunk driving in Sonoma County had been drinking at home or someone else's home prior to their arrest. More than half believed they were okay to drive when they left the party. And, the alcohol-related injury collisions in November, December and January, the prime months for holiday entertaining, are often higher than at other times throughout the year.

Here are some simple things you can do so that all your guests enjoy themselves and get home safe.

  • Do not allow minors to drink alcohol.
  • Limit your alcohol intake so that you can better judge if your guests are sober enough to drive at the end of the night.
  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food.
  • Do not pressure guests to drink and don't fill thier empty glasses.
  • Be aware of guests who are drinking too much.
  • Stop serving alcohol towards the end of the evening.
  • If your guests drink too much or appear too tired to drive.

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