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December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

Tips for Party Givers:

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  • When your guests arrive, collect their car keys. That way, when they are ready to leave, they must get a second opinion on whether they're sober enough to drive home.

  • Always serve food with alcohol, such as high protein and carbohydrate foods like cheese and meats. They stay in the stomach much longer, which slows the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol.

  • Have several jiggers or self-measuring one-ounce bottle spouts at the bar to mix drinks. Guests are less likely to drink excessively when standard measures are used.

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  • If you serve alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base such as fruit juice. The body absorbs alcohol faster when mixed with carbonation.

  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages. It's possible that some guests will not want to drink alcohol.

  • Do not force drinks on your guests or rush to refill their glasses when empty. Some guests may not wish to appear rude and will accept drinks they do not want.

  • Stop serving alcohol about 2 hours before the party is over. Guests then have time for their bodies to absorb the alcohol. Serve coffee or other non-alcoholic beverages as well as food.

When the Party's Over:

  • If one of your guests has been drinking and shouldn't drive, please don't give them back their car keys and let them drive. They could hurt themselves or others and maybe just a little persuasion from you could mean the difference between life and death.

  • Suggest that you or a sober friend drive your alcohol impaired friend home. Their car can always be picked up at another time.

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  • Suggest that your impaired friend stay overnight in your home. This may sound inconvenient, but you could be saving your friend's, or someone else's life.

  • Have your friend taken home in a taxi. Pay for the ride. It's hard to object to a free ride.

  • Whatever you do, don't give in. Friends don't let friends drink and then drive. In the morning, you'll have a safer and maybe an even closer friend.

  • REMEMBER: One drink = 5 oz. of 12 percent wine OR 12 oz. of 5 percent beer OR 1 1/2 oz. of 80 proof liquor

  • Neither coffee nor a cold shower will help sober someone up. Only time can do that.

Be a designated driver

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