Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • December 24, 2008
Last Minute GIFT GUIDE
Tips for a responsible host
(ARA) ‘Tis the season for planning the
perfect holiday celebrations with family,
friends, and coworkers, and many hosts
are thinking ahead to decide what food to
serve, what music to play, and what decora-
tions to hang. If you’re inviting guests over
for a party, follow these simple tips to pro-
mote responsible holiday revelry and help
everyone have a safe, enjoyable time:
When serving alcohol, serve food.
Offer non-alcoholic beverages.
Have something for everyone, including
soft drinks and coffee.
Serve each guest one drink at a time.
Spacing drinks throughout a party can
help your guests stay within their personal
limits. Never force drinks on anyone. If
serving wine, do not keep refreshing unfin-
ished glasses as this makes it difficult for
guests to keep track of how much they are
drinking. Serve “measured” drinks.
Beer and flavored malt beverages con-
tain 4.2 to 6 percent alcohol by volume
and come in standard-size packages, so it
is easy to keep track of how much you are
drinking. Hard liquor drinks can have dra-
matically different amounts of alcohol, as
well as calories and carbohydrates. Many
factors contribute to these wide variances:
brands of liquor used, alcohol by volume in
brands chosen, drink recipe, mixers, and
bartender’s pouring preferences. If you
choose to serve hard liquor, use a shot glass
to avoid making drinks too strong. If serv-
ing wine, do not use oversized glasses.
The amount of time during which an
alcohol beverage is consumed greatly
impacts how alcohol is absorbed into the
body. Beer is widely recognized as a bever-
age of moderation. Even though a 12 ounce
beer may contain the same amount of alco-
hol as a 1 1/2 ounce shot of 80-proof liquor,
a beer is enjoyed leisurely, while a shot is
usually consumed in one swallow.
Stop serving alcohol at least one hour
before the party ends.
Serve desserts and other foods, coffee,
and soft drinks. But only the passage of
time will eliminate alcohol from the body.
Encourage your guests to designate a
driver before they arrive. Don’t ever hesi-
tate to call a cab or ask someone to spend
the night if he or she may have had too
much to drink.
Plan ahead to help ensure the holiday
season is fun and safe by designating a
driver before the festivities begin.
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