The Weimer Group wishes you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Make sure your safe during this time of year when festivities and the roads become busy.
Overall, in 2007, 12,998 were killed by drunk drivers with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or greater.
On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.
During the holidays, the percentage of drunk-driving incidents typically increases.
Your role as a responsible party host can keep your friends and loved ones safe.
What Every Host Needs to Know
- Don’t rely on coffee to sober up your guests. Only time can make someone sober.
- Beer and wine are just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler and an ounce and a half of liquor contain the same amount of alcohol.
- Don’t rely on someone’s physical appearance to determine if he or she has had too much to drink.
- Mixers won’t help dilute alcohol. Carbonated mixers like club soda or tonic water cause alcohol to be absorbed into a person’s system more quickly. Fruit juice and other sweet mixers mask the taste of alcohol and may cause people to drink more.
Check out these cool non-alcoholic drinks.
If a Guest is Drinking Too Much
How do I approach one of my guests who has had too much to drink? I mean, I don’t want to lose a friend.
The first time is the hardest, but your actions could save your friends life or that you cannot let them drive home because you care. Offer to let the guest spend the night, call a cab, or ask a sober guest to drive the intoxicated person home.
- Engage him/her in a conversation to slow down the drinking.
- Offer high protein food.
- Offer to make the next drink and use less alcohol.
- Don’t be afraid to insist that they sit out the sipping for awhile or switch to beverages of the non-alcoholic variety– sparkling cider makes a great substitute for a glass of champagne.
How will I be held responsible if one of my guests is involved in a crash?
The laws vary from state to state, but you could be held responsible for the costs associated with the crash, including medical bills and property damage and be sued for emotional pain and suffering.
The Weimer Group is committed to provide our clients information not only pertaining to insurance, but everyday life situations. We are a firm of proven professionals, caring and conscientious people; the kind of people you can depend on. Contact us for your insurance review and start saving.
The above information is from MADD.