Party Hosts Can Save Lives

This time of year, it’s easy to drink too much at holiday parties. Health officials remind party hosts that they’re responsible for helping their guests avoid driving-while-intoxicated.

Offer non-alcoholic beverages, stop serving alcohol at least 90 minutes before the end of the party, and make sure designated drivers or taxis are available to those who shouldn’t be driving.

Shasta County Public Health says almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities are alcohol-related. Hosts can help prevent such tragedies by centering their parties on activities rather than alcohol, and by making sure everyone gets home safe.

For more info, call Anita Joseph at 225-5410.

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  1. Avatar Brandon says:

    I would add, too – that if you have any friends or family members that are Type 1 Diabetic people, please don't let them drink on New Years – alcohol and Diabetes is not a safe combination, and can lead to hospitalization. The best thing to do is to love your special person by not drinking to support them. Just my .02 cents.