Although there is a Supreme Court decision in the Zoe Childs case of 2006, that a host who simply provides a place to which guests bring their own alcohol is not responsible for an intoxicated guest upon leaving, or to third parties, in most cases, particularly where there are young or underage drinkers involved – the host can be held responsible.
A host can held liable for damage if he has the alcohol event at his home, or in a hired venue. If a host is actually providing and serving alcohol at a function, he can be held responsible for guests becoming drunk and continuing to drink who then cause damage at the party, or are involved in accidents on their way home.
Buying and serving alcohol for teen and underage drinking carries a great risk of being found responsible for any injuries to young people served with alcohol at the event. The safes, best party for young people is to host an alcohol free event. see info:
When hosts drink at the party and there are numerous alcohol drinking guests it can be difficult to be a responsible host to all invited guests and relax and enjoy yourself. If you want to join the party, it is better to use an alcohol catering company that can be responsible for safe liquor service practices to the guests so that you do not have this task.
However, the host who uses a professional catering service still needs to ensure that basic safety issues are addressed, to keep the premises as safe as possible for intoxicated guests. It can be necessary to hire security to ensure no party crashers get in, and that large numbers of guests are properly managed and controlled. Guests need to be protected against fire and electrical risks, slipping on floors, the unsafe use of balconies and overcrowded rooms.
When alcohol drinking is made the focus of the party, there are higher risks that guests will drink to become inebriated. If there are activities at the party and plenty of good food, this can help reduce the risk of guests becoming drunk and getting into trouble. Drinking games are not recommended. Guests need to be provided with a range of attractive non- alcoholic drinks.
People intending to host a party often presume that adults will require alcohol and not be satisfied with drinking non- alcoholic drinks. However, there is much research on the subject of the placebo effects of non alcoholic drinks as creating a similar mood and enjoyment, as if people had drunk alcohol, and producing similar cognitive deficiencies.
A New Zealand study proved that people who thought they were drinking alcohol, responded as if they had, and were convinced that they had felt drunk at the time.
The placebo effect with alcohol drinking has also worked when used with people physically dependent on alcohol drinking. We are to some extent conditioned in our ways of thinking to assume that when stress and tension build up – we need “something” to overcome it, whether in the form of an alcohol drink, headache or sleeping pills.
In olden times, people often used mild intoxicants such as coca leaves, and did not exhibit wild mood swings and withdrawal behavior, such as we get with modern drug use. Part of the imperative in society today, to use drugs and alcohol, is the enormous pressures of life, compared with historical times.
Placebo research in alcohol drinking, and also with drug medications, strongly suggests that if we could simply relax, unravel our pressured thoughts, and allow “time out” to heal in a supportive and natural environment – we would not need toxic drugs at all.
People considering the risks and ramifications of too much alcohol drinking at their party, and the issue of teen drinking, might like to consider the use of alternatives to alcohol as a party “ice breaker”. The money spent on alcohol could be used for party favors, some amusement, that puts guests in a party mood – together with exciting party drinks made up to a secret recipe, that from alcohol placebo research – need contain no alcohol at all.
We are becoming an increasingly drugged society, it seems that we have no choice but to provide alcohol drinks for adults at a party. However, society norms and expectations can be changed, if we are willing make the moves.
Support for people who have an alcohol problem can be obtained from comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction recovery centers that bring freedom from alcohol abuse and addiction.
People who are looking for non alcoholic drinks, to serve at an adult party, can choose from over 300 recipes in a book created by Canada Dry. see amazon:
The road to freedom and independence, from alcohol abuse and addiction begins with looking at and using the many alternatives to alcohol drinking, paving the way to a drug free future – towards making Canada – dry.