Many hosts and hostesses are concerned about the safety and sobriety of their holiday guests. Alcohol abuse and drinking too much can turn the happiest of parties into a tragedy. As a host or hostess, follow these suggestions to keep alcohol abuse from marring the holiday season.
- Provide plenty of seating for guests; research indicates that people tend to drink less when sitting down; seated guests often put drinks down, while standing guests hold their drinks, sipping frequently
- Focus your party on people and activities rather than on the bar; group singing and games bring people together
- Avoid salty foods, which make people thirsty
- Stop serving alcoholic drinks at least one hour before guests leave; coffee and cake are much better than "one for the road"