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June 25th, 2012

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.






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