This is not the first time I’ve weighed in on this subject. For several decades I taught dance and thought it was my obligation to dispel the following myth:
“Slammin’ down a six-pack” doesn’t make you a better dancer, it just makes you think you’re a better dancer. Many have commented to me saying there is certainly nothing wrong with a couple of drinks during an evening of dancing, if it is done in moderation. I would agree with this, but just what actually is “moderation?” If you are dancer and are wondering how many drinks are too many, you can simply follow the advice of Knute Rockne: “Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.” …And who could ever argue with Notre Dame’s legendary coach.
More useful quotes:
“I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won’t let himself get snotty about it.” -Raymond Chandler
“If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.” -Dean Martin
“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.” -Dave Barry
“I tend to think of myself as a responsible drinker; however, if cut I would probably bleed cabernet sauvignon.” -Bob Miller
We can joke about this, but simply put drinking too much or too fast leads to loss of control and judgment. And just a note before we really get into this topic: I’m not a tea-totaler. I don’t want to appear to be preachy or judgmental. When, where, what, and how much you drink (if at all) is your business, and it’s certainly none of mine; however, if you are in my home, and I am your host, then it is my business.
Monitor your guests through the entire evening. Always remember their responsibility is your responsibility. More on this later. What appears below was taken from the site DangerousMinds.net. I have altered and paraphrased it a bit. To read the full article, click on the site.
“The seven stages of inebriation, a vintage Australian primer in drunkenness”
If you’re hosting a party or celebration and you’re serving alcohol or have asked people to bring alcohol with them, here are some easy tips and ideas to make sure everyone has fun without drinking too much. These are the major headings in an article entitled as such. Click on “Tips For Hosts” to see the narrative under each section.
Organize, plan and prepare
Set your expectations in advance
Plan to do things other than eat and drink
Provide substantial food
Serve more interesting non-alcoholic drinks
If you’re serving spirits make them singles
Serve cocktails in a punch bowl
Offer lower strength alcoholic drinks
Only refill empty glasses
Don’t keep serving your guests until they are drunk
Watch your own drinking
Don’t host your party alone
Appoint or hire a bartender
Look after young people
Supervise the kids
Push Play and play a game
Set an end time
Look after your guests
Think about your neighbors too
Unless you sell liquor for a living, you’re unlikely to be responsible for any injury caused by drunk employees under what are called “dram shop” laws. These laws generally only apply to commercial vendors of alcohol, such as bars, restaurants and package stores.
A drunk person can’t collect for injury to himself, but a third party injured by the actions of a drunk person can collect from a social host under certain circumstances. This is especially important when the drunk person has little or no insurance to cover a serious or fatal injury.
Laws vary widely by state, with some states not imposing any liability at all on social hosts. Other states limit responsibility of social hosts to injury that occurs on the premises where the party is being held. Other states extend social hosts’ liability to injuries from traffic accidents involving the person to whom they served alcohol.
Most states impose liability on social hosts where: