party, your problem…
When you host a party, you want it to be a good time - an
opportunity for you and your guests to unwind a little. When
alcohol is involved, unwinding can sometimes go too far: the
actions of an intoxicated guest can lead injury or even death.
You can be held responsible, whether you're a private citizen,
an employer, or the owner of a commercial establishment. You can
be sued - and sued big - even if you didn't actually serve a
drop of liquor.
Check out these important links from
MADD Canada to learn
about how alcohol at parties can legally affect you.
Alcohol, Teens, and Catastrophe
Sobering Thoughts on Safe Partying: A Guide to Avoiding Legal
Sued Can Ruin a Good Party: A Social Host's Guide
Tips to Reduce Your Party Liability
- Host an alcohol and drug free party.
- Screen people at your door…know your guests, have an
invitation list and only allow entry to those on the
list…have a plan for handling unwelcome guests.
- Keep it small, smaller parties are easier to manage.
- Set clear rules and limits.
- Make sure all alcohol and medication in your home is not
- Have only one entrance and exit…no revolving door, to
prevent off-site drinking or other activities.
- No public advertising…a party attracts party crashers.
- Keep emergency numbers close at hand.
- Take action with guests who are drinking or causing
trouble, don’t allow them to drive, if necessary call the
- Keep the party active; don’t make alcohol the focus of
- Check your property and guard against potential hazards.
Even minor measures, such as locking the gate to the pool,
replacing a burned-out light bulb, or tightening a loose
railing on the stairs, can significantly reduce your risks.