Holiday parties and family gatherings are staples of the winter months, and many people look forward to creating memories with their loved ones. These times of laughter and fun can quickly turn sour, however, if one of your guests leaves your home intoxicated and gets behind the wheel.
Many people do not know that like restaurants and bars, individual hosts have responsibilities when it comes to serving alcohol. "Social host" laws make you responsible for the actions of intoxicated guests after they leave your party venue. Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia have social host laws for guests of all ages, and all 50 states have laws regarding serving alcohol to minors.
According to Pennsylvania social host law, if an underage guest consumes alcohol at a party thrown by an adult and then is involved in an accident, the host of the party can be held liable for the minor's accident.
The circumstances that must be present in order for a social host to be liable for the injury or damage caused by an intoxicated guest are:
To keep your guests and others safe if you are serving alcohol at your event you can do the following: