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When serving alcohol at a party, there are many things to take into consideration.

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Things to Know About Serving Alcohol

  1. Service: Alcohol must be served by someone who is 21 or older and who is sober. All guests must be 21 or older to consume alcohol. Verify the age of your guests by checking government issued IDs. Once you’ve checked their IDs, you can use wristbands to distinguish your 21+ guests. There cannot be more than 2 points of alcohol service at your party.  You can get wristbands from the Office Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources (SUPER).
  2. Serving Sizes: 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor are each equivalent to one standard drink as they all contain the same amount of pure alcohol.  The Office Substance Use Programs, Education & Resources (SUPER) has cups that have built-in standard drink measuring lines on them for more accurrate pouring.
  3. Limit Alcohol Amounts: Do not serve a person more than one alcoholic beverage at a time. When serving beer remember that a standard serving of beer is 12 ounces. It is helpful to use 12 ounce cups as opposed to 16 or 18 ounce cups so that guests can keep track of how much beer they’ve had to drink. When serving mixed drinks, be sure that servers use shot glasses to measure each drink. Do not allow guests to serve themselves or to leave events with alcoholic beverages. It’s also a great idea to stop serving one hour before the party is officially over and continue serving EANABs at that time.
  4. Suggested Servings: Please see the following for suggestions. 
    • 1 Keg = 1, 984 oz.: Serves approximately 55 people. Prodigies 3 drinks per person. 12 oz. beer per drink. 
    • 1 Bottle of Wine = 25 oz.: Serves approximately 13 people. Provides 3 mixed drink each. 1.5 oz. hard alcohol per drink. 
    • 1 Handle of Hard Alcohol = 59.2 oz.: Serves approximately 13 people. Provides 3 mixed drinks each. 1.5 oz. hard alcohol per drink. 
    • 1 Bottle of Hard Alcohol = 25.5 oz.: Serves approximately 6. Provides almost 3 mixed drinks each. 1.5 oz. hard alcohol approximately per drink. 
      • Remember:
        • You must serve EANABS (Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverages) too. Soda, juice, and smoothies are great options. 
        • 4 hour maximum party length. 
        • Keep in mind 30% of your guests will be non-drinkers.
        • Have a "cool down period" where alcohol is not served during the last hour of the party. 
  5. Shots are NEVER permitted at campus parties: In some cases with graduate students only, mixed drinks are permitted, though most party types are limited to beer and wine.
  6. Identify Intoxicated Individuals: Immediately stop serving them alcohol. Offer them EANABs and/or an escort home. If a person passes out due to intoxication, more serious medical attention may be necessary. If breathing is labored or if the person can’t be roused, immediately call 911 from any cell phone. Never just put an individual to bed and leave, or drive that person to the hospital yourself! Instead seek help from someone in the University. (See the following alcohol safety section.)