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Published on Dec 14, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Serving Alcohol at Your Holiday Party? Here's What You Need to Know

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You might have seen it in the news – Pennsylvania has a new underage drinking law that enforces stiffer penalties on offenders. As we move into the holiday party season, it's important to remember that it's not just underage drinkers who can be found at fault for car accidents. Under our state's Social Host Liability Laws, party hosts can be held responsible as well.

If you have a party at your home and serve alcohol, you're defined as a "social host" in Pennsylvania. While your adult guests are responsible for their own behavior, this is not the case with underage guests. If someone under the age of 21 is given alcohol at your party and then leaves intoxicated, you could be held responsible if they get behind the wheel and are involved in an accident.

As the party host:

  • you could face fines of $2,500 for the first underage drinker and $1,000 for every other.
  • you could even face jail time, depending on the seriousness of the injuries sustained in the car accident.

Here are some resources you can use as you plan your party:

  • Our Party Host Infographic has important information about alcohol, including tips to encourage your guests to avoid drunk driving.
  • Sign and share our Holiday Safe & Sober Pledge on Facebook. You'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad 3 or a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Check out our Holiday Mocktail recipes for alcohol-free alternatives all of your guests can enjoy.
  • We've teamed up with Pear Transportation Company to help get you and your car home safely. So if you're in Pittsburgh and need a ride home, enter the word EDGAR in the "Comments" section of your online reservation and you'll receive 15% off your next Designated Driver Service: www.thepearcares.com

Enjoy the holiday season, but please do what you can to keep it safe for everyone.

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