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Be Jolly But Serve Responsibly This Holiday Season

By now Thanksgiving is only a distant memory. Our attention is turned to All Things Holiday. If you’re planning on throwing a festive party this season, do so safely and responsibly. You could be potentially liable for guests who get into an automobile accident because they've had too much to drink on your presmises. Here are some ways to head off trouble:

•  Designate a bartender who can serve your guests -- and who keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking. Federal Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as up to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

•  Remember, alcohol is alcohol . A standard drink of regular beer (12 fluid ounces), wine (five fluid ounces) and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof spirits) each contains the same amount of alcohol, 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol.

•  Make non-alcoholic beverages available for your guests. Serve a non-alcoholic punch for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol.

•  Make sure your guests have a safe way home either with designated drivers or a taxi. Have local taxi service numbers available for your guests.

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