As a responsible party host who doesn’t want their guests to injure themselves or others, you need to think about managing alcohol units.
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Ms Blaelock’s Book of Stress Free Dinner Parties says “Any level of alcohol in the blood affects your judgement, so it’s important to remember that legally able to drive is not the same thing as able to drive safely. Where possible encourage your guests not to drink and drive and make provisions for emergency sleepovers.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for managing alcohol units:
- Have plenty of water on the table: Keep plenty of water readily available on the table so people can easily moderate their alcohol intake.
- Know your standard drinks: A standard drink is an amount of an alcoholic beverage that contains a given amount of pure alcohol; it differs according to the beverage. For example, in Australia, a 475 ml (16 oz) light beer and 30 ml (1 oz) of gin are both one standard drink – they contain the same amount of pure alcohol.
- Know your tolerances: According to the scientific community, one standard drink could increase an average person’s blood alcohol level to 0.02% within half an hour of drinking, and take as long as two hours to be broken down by the liver.
- Know your local limit: The legal blood alcohol is set by law and expressed as either drinks by volume or units of mass. Find out what yours is and serve your drinks to keep within it.
- Take it seriously: Be strong, and if you aren’t confident your guests can drive safely (regardless of the legal limit) consider taking their car keys off them and calling them a cab.
With Alexandria’s tips, managing alcohol units is simple arithmetic. You can do your sums, then relax and enjoy your evening.
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