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(Columbus) — As the holiday celebrations continue and New Year’s Eve approaches, families gather, and friends reconnect. This season oftentimes brings with it an increase in alcohol consumption and with that, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control (DOLC) and the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) are urging adults to drink and serve responsibly.
All people who drink, regardless of the amount, need to be aware that critical decision-making abilities and driving-related skills are already diminished long before a person shows physical signs of intoxication. If you decide to drink this holiday, please do so responsibly.
“Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations make for some of the busiest nights of the entire year for bars and restaurants,” said Jim Canepa, DOLC superintendent. “It is important for the staff of liquor permit holders to know the rules while remaining vigilant. Their work ensures that Ohioans and their families enjoy themselves, but within reason, so everyone remains safe.”
State officials consistently educate liquor establishments on the dangers of overconsumption and underage drinking. Liquor permit holders who would like more information on the sale and handling of alcohol and on the rules and regulations should visit: https://www.oiu.ohio.gov/oiu-programs.aspx. As a reminder for liquor establishments, it is against the law to give away alcohol in connection to your business. Also, patrons cannot pay a flat fee for an “all-you-can-drink” promotion.
“We want everyone enjoying the company of family and friends to have a safe place to celebrate the holidays,” said Senior Enforcement Commander Erik Lockhart. “Liquor permit staff and party hosts have an obligation to ensure their patrons and guests safety. Their safety starts with you.”
Before you celebrate, all party hosts or liquor establishments should plan to incorporate these tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and most importantly, responsible holiday gathering:
Don’t serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
Don’t serve alcohol to anyone who is intoxicated.
If someone has had too much to drink, don’t let them drive; use a designated driver, rideshare, or taxi service.
If you see someone tampering with another person’s beverage, get that person out of the situation and call for help immediately.
Take reports of threats against your patrons or guests seriously
If you or someone you know needs help, or for more information, contact Ohio Careline at 1-800-720-9616 or text the Ohio Crisis Text Line (keyword 4HOPE to 741 741). For more tips and resources about safe alcohol consumption, visit rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov.