Hosting a PHOENIX ARIZONA HOUSE Party for the Holiday? What you need to know LEGAL-WISE

Whether inspired by a special occasion or just spontaneity, it’s (almost) always fun to host a Phoenix Arizona House party. Parties often include alcohol. Alcohol can put people in a very good mood. But it can also lead to some bad things as well. Here’s what you need to know as a social host in Arizona.

Arizona has a “dram shop” law that is applicable to bars, restaurants, and others who are licensed to sell alcohol. It imposes liability when a person is injured by a patron who was served alcohol while “obviously intoxicated” and/or underaged.

But if you’re just the average Jane or Joe throwing a party with alcohol the dram shop law does not apply to you. In fact, Arizona law specifically exempts you from liability for serving alcohol “to a person of the legal drinking age.” A.R.S. § 4-301.

You can, however, be liable if you serve alcohol to someone who is not of legal drinking age. So if you serve alcohol to a 20 year old who then goes out and gets in a car wreck, you may be liable to anyone he injures in the wreck. Know your guests. Check I.D. if you have any doubt.

Some other tips:

  1. If you’re serving alcohol, serve food as well.
  2. Monitor your guests’ drinking. If someone has had too much, slow them down or cut them off. Don’t be afraid of being a buzzkill. It’s way better than a lot of the bad things that can happen if don’t intervene.
  3. Allow your guests to crash at your place, or arrange a safe ride home for them if they’ve been drinking.
  4. Do not let your guests drink and drive. If they insist on driving, take the keys. Do whatever. Believe me, you are doing them and yourself a huge favor. They may or may not thank you later, but you’ll know you’ve done the right thing, and maybe saved a life.

Remember, throwing a party can be a great experience. But it comes with real responsibility.
Play it safe, and you and your guests can have awesome memories of it.

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