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Hosting a great party this year

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2002

(NAPSI)-The holiday season means hosting and attending more parties. A few simple tips offered by the creators of "The Great Party Guide" can help ensure it's a fun and memorable time for everyone.

Serve Food When Serving Alcohol Beverages

Good food complements the taste of the beverages served and helps to moderate the effects of alcohol. Foods high in protein, such as cheeses and meats, are especially appropriate.

Offer Non-Alcohol Beverages

Some guests prefer not to drink while others are designated drivers. Be sure to offer something for everyone-soft drinks, coffee and other non-alcohol beverages like O'Doul's and O'Doul's Amber, which make guests feel welcome, regardless of what they drink.

Serve Each Guest One Drink at a Time

It is important to space drinks during a party to help guests stay within their personal limits. Drinks should never be forced on guests.

Serve "Measured" Drinks

Use a shot glass or jigger to avoid making drinks too strong.

Stop Serving Alcohol at Least One Hour Before the Party Ends

It is a good idea to have desserts and other foods, as well as coffee and soft drinks, available throughout the evening. However, none of these eliminate alcohol from the body...only time does.

Arrange Safe Rides Home for All of Your Guests

Hosts should make certain all guests have a designated driver. If they don't have one, hosts should call them a cab or ask them to spend the night.

According to a recent poll conducted by the Data Development Corporation for Anheuser-Busch, nearly all American adults (93 percent) have heard of designated drivers and 116 million Americans (59 percent) have been a designated driver or have been driven home by one. For additional information about how to prevent drunk driving or to download a copy of "The Great Party Guide," visit www.designateddriver.com.



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