During the most dangerous time of the year on our nation’s roadways between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD) asks drivers to “Tie One On for Safety” by putting a MADD red ribbon on their vehicle as a reminder to drive safe, sober, and buckle up.

MADD’S Tips for Holiday Hosts

When hosting a holiday party, you can help prevent drunk driving in several ways:

  • As guests RSVP, confirm that at least one person in each group is prepared to be the non-drinking designated driver, to ensure that everyone arrives home safely.
  • Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age, and never ask children to serve alcohol at parties.
  • Instead of letting guests mix their own drinks, choose a reliable “bartender” to help you keep track of the size and number of drinks that guests consume.
  • Offer mock-tails and other non-alcoholic beverages to guests.
  • If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base, like fruit juice (alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream faster with a carbonated base).
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Plan activities to engage guests and distract them from over-consumption of alcohol.
  • Close the bar 90 minutes before the party ends, and serve a great dessert treat with coffee (only time sobers someone who has been drinking).
  • Provide alternate transportation or accommodation for guests who have been drinking.

Your role as a responsible party host can keep your friends and loved ones safe.

To learn more about MADD and its programs to prevent drunk driving, visit http://www.madd.org.