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The Enjoyment of spirits, wine and beer has been part of world culture for centuries. Nothing compliments a social gathering or a relaxing afternoon quite as well as good conversation and good drinks. Listed below are some useful hints for responsible drinking and hosting.

FOR THE RESPONSIBLE HOST

  • Always measure to the recipe in mixing cocktails; don't over pour. It doesn't do your guests a favor.
  • Serve food, particularly high protein foods, to go along with alcohol drinks. Avoid just salty snacks which make guests thirsty and encourage extra drinking to quench the thirst.
  • Keep an array of non-alcohol beverages on tap to pour between drinks - sodas, juices, coffees, teas, waters. Try making a blender of "virgin cocktails" so that guests who can't drink don't feel they are missing out on the festivities.
  • Don't look to keep the glasses of guests constantly full.
  • Respect an individual's decision about alcohol. People have a right not to drink, just as they have a duty to drink responsibly.
  • Never press a guest to "have one for the road."
  • Make contingency plans for those among your guests who drink too much. If this occurs, despite efforts to prevent it, take responsibility for the health and safety of guests, such as providing transportation to their homes, or providing overnight accommodations.

FOR THE RESPONSIBLE GUEST

  • There is no beverage of moderation, just a practice of moderation. Standard servings of beer, wine and spirits contain similar amounts of alcohol. Respect the potency of all alcoholic beverages.
  • Don't drink on an empty stomach. Food helps slow down alcohol absorption.
  • Pace your drinks, one to an hour. Alcohol won't have a chance to build up in your bloodstream.
  • No two adults are exactly alike. That's why precise rules about personal drinking limits cannot be set down rigidly and applied to everyone. Even your own safety limits vary from time to time, depending on your health and mental outlook.
  • Be especially careful if you are tired or upset. If you seldom drink, or drink only during holidays, be extra careful.
  • Be cautious if you are taking medication. It can multiply the effects of alcohol.
  • Drunk driving is not only illegal, but it is very dangerous. Don't get into a car with an intoxicated driver. Make advance plans for alternative transportation if overdrinking is a possibility.


Editor's Note: These tips were taken in part from a report by the Education Commission of the States, Task Force on Responsible Decisions About Alcohol.

*** Party Special ***
We supply the wine glasses when you have Smoke Rise Bottle Shoppe provide the wine for your next party or event.
(Subject to availability. Wine glasses must be returned.)