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PARTY SMART THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 PARTY SMART THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
 COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Drunken traffic


fatalities in the United States continue to decline dramatically, due in large part to a growing public sentiment that drunken driving is intolerable.
 More and more Americans take moderation and personal responsibility to heart, especially where drinking and driving are concerned.
 Party Smart (R), a national non-profit alcohol awareness and education program, promotes responsibility and moderation among adults who choose to drink. The program delivers its messages through a variety of educational materials and high-profile designated driver programs at a number of major sporting arenas.
 Nancy Olenick, national director of the Party Smart program, offers the following common sense suggestions for attending and hosting parties during the winter season:
 When Attending a Party
 Know limits and stay within them. The body absorbs alcohol based on weight, what kind of physical shape it's in, whether a person is in good health, has had something to eat, and is tired or refreshed.
 Partygoers should know what they're drinking. Different drinks contain different amounts of alcohol. For example, eggnogs and holiday punches often use potent liquors and can have significantly more alcohol than most beers.
 Agreeing on a non-drinking driver before the party means partygoers can relax and enjoy themselves once they arrive at the event. Rely on the designated driver to provide transportation.
 If a friend has had too much to drink, don't let that person drive. It may not be easy to take away the keys, but it could save a life.
 Rely on other alternatives. If not sober or unsure about sobriety, call a cab or let someone who is sober drive home.
 When Hosting a Party
 Plan ahead for safe transportation for guests. Someone should plan to drive guests home if they have had too much to drink. If that isn't practical, make arrangements for guests to spend the night. Ask guests to drop their car keys in a large bowl as they arrive, and offer a personal breath tester for them to determine their approximate blood alcohol level before they leave.
 Provide guests with plenty of food. Food slows alcohol absorption. Foods high in protein and carbohydrates and low in salt are the best for slowing down alcohol absorption and controlling thirst.
 Provide guests with non-alcohol drinks if requested. Hot spice drinks, cold punches and non-alcohol beers are all good alternatives to offer guests.
 As a host, decide when to stop serving alcohol beverages. Closing the bar an hour before the end of the party and serving a new round of snacks will give guests time to process some of the alcohol out of their systems before they go their way.
 Meeting with family and friends over the holidays often involves children. Children observe and imitate the behavior of parents and other adults, as well as older brothers and sisters. Make sure actions set a good example of responsible behavior.
 Party Smart was created in 1988 by Beer Drinkers of America, a 600,000-member national consumer organization.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Olenick, Ph.D, of Beer Drinkers of America, 800-441-2337/ CO: Beer Drinkers of America ST: California IN: FOD SU: FC -- NYCFNS5 -- 0798 12/10/91 07:15 EST
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