Serving Alcohol at Your Event? Be Sure You’re Legally Certified

It is that time of the year when everyone is gearing up for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas and for the corporate world, everyone is gearing up for the end of the year and the events which characterize it. Some of the events that mark the end of the year include AGMS, investor briefings, charity balls, and fundraisers. If you are organizing one of these occasions, you inevitably have to think about things such as the food and drinks that you will serve at the party. When getting the right licenses for your event, you also have to think about getting the proper liquor licenses. Here is what you may not know about it.

Understanding Social Host Liability Laws

The social host liability laws were put in place to make sure that organizations that hold events and serve liquor at the said events have to pay for any damages or injuries incurred as a result of the drinking. This makes legal sense because as an event organizer, you will make sure that you restrict alcohol use for your guests and out in place measures to control them if they get drunk and start acting in a rowdy manner.

Placing the Right Restrictions in Place


The key to having an alcohol-related incident free party is making sure that you have total control over who can access liquor at any given time. You also need to ensure that the distributors (your bar staff) are reliable. Only hiring staff that have the proper training and permits is essential for responsible control. Here are a few restrictions that you may want to think about:

  • Ask for ID any time that a person asks for an alcoholic drink
  • Ask for ID at the entrance and use a marker such as a bracelet for everyone. The bartender can refer to the bracelet when a person asks for a drink.
  • Giving out drink tickets to adults only

In addition to these measures, ensure that if someone is visibly drunk, the bartender is not allowed to serve them more alcohol.

Get The Right Insurance

Another way that you can ensure that enjoyment at your party does not end up in bills for you is if you get general liability insurance. If you are holding a fundraiser, it is good to understand that dram shop laws will hold you accountable for any alcohol-related damages and the dram shop laws are stricter than the regular liquor liability.

With these factors in mind, it will be easy to control alcohol consumption at your event. Finally, offer to get drunk people a cab or have the bartender do it to ensure that they get home without accidents.

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