Keep July 4 Safe and Fun
The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. If you’re going to serve alcohol at a gathering, keep these tips in mind:
- Have lots of food on hand so your guests don’t drink on empty stomachs.
- If serving an alcoholic punch, use a non carbonated base like fruit juice so the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream at a slower rate.
- Have plenty of nonalcoholic drinks available. Create an environment where non-drinkers won’t feel pressured to do so.
- Don’t serve many salty snacks. Thirsty guests tend to drink more.
- Plan lots of group activities to keep the focus of the party away from drinking.
- Appoint a bartender instead of letting guests mix their own drinks.
- Close the bar 90 minutes before the party ends. Serve coffee and sodas instead.
- If a guest has had too much to drink, arrange an alternate ride home or invite them to stay over.
- Make sure alcohol isn’t served to anyone under age 21.
To connect with concerned parents and community members, visit www.facebook.com/wcpreventionpartners.