When it comes to enjoying a night out with friends or celebrating a special occasion, you may often find yourself at establishments that serve alcohol. While having a good time is the goal, it is important to understand liquor liability.
Liquor, or alcohol-related, liability refers to the legal responsibility that can arise from alcohol consumption that every responsible patron should understand. Here is what you need to know.
Your responsibility does not end with ordering drinks
Did you know that drunk driving accidents cause 37 people to die every day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? You are responsible for more than just ordering drinks. If you are visibly intoxicated and continue to consume alcohol, you could be accountable for any negative outcomes of your actions.
Social host liability
If you host a party and serve alcohol, the courts could hold you responsible if one of your guests becomes intoxicated and cause harm to themselves or others. Therefore, monitor your guests’ alcohol consumption and ensure that they have a safe way to get home.
Serving minors is a serious offense
Avoid the temptation to purchase alcohol for your underage friends. Providing alcohol to minors is against the law and could result in fines, legal penalties and criminal charges. Always prioritize your safety and that of others by adhering to legal drinking age limits.
Become mindful of your own limits
Learn your alcohol consumption limits. Overindulgence can lead to impaired judgment, risky behavior and accidents. You are responsible for your actions, even if they occur while under the influence.
Arrange safe transportation
To prevent potential liability issues, find a safe way to get home after a night of drinking. Driving under the influence is dangerous, and illegal, and can have severe consequences. Designate a sober driver, use public transportation or contact a ride-sharing service.
Unfortunately, innocent mistakes can lead to major consequences when you drink. You can have a good time and still protect yourself and your community.