irish mocktails

Safe Celebrating

AAA Urges You to Take Celebrating Seriously

  • Before heading out the door to a house party or favorite pub, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive – you can’t do both.
  • If you will drink, designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely or plan to call a taxi, ride share, sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you plan on driving, commit to staying sober.
  • If you see a driver on the road that you suspect is impaired, pull over to a safe spot and call 911, giving police a description of the vehicle.
  • And remember, if you see people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

If you’re hosting a party, here are tips for being a responsible host:

  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages as an option. Links to festive mocktail recipes are available below.
  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
  • Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before your guests start to leave for home.
  • If necessary, take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

Remember: only TIME will make your guests sober. Not coffee and not cold showers. It takes about one hour to burn off an average drink. 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer and 1 1/2 ounces of liquor all contain about the same amount of alcohol. Keep watch on behavior. Sleepy, too talkative, too giddy, and uncoordinated guests are under the influence. Arrange ride-share or cab rides, rides with the “designated driver,” or invite intoxicated friends to sleep over. For irate intoxicated guests, “hide” their car keys until they have found another ride home. You may feel as if you have lost a friend that night, but you will have an even better friend the next morning..


Mocktails – zero-proof drinks – are lifesavers.

Party-givers serve them interspersed with regular cocktails, non-drinkers enjoy mocktails as fun-to-make, festive beverages, and kids love them because it makes them feel like they’re a part of the party. Click the link below to learn more and get recipes: