Monday, March 16, 2015

Sláinte agus táinte!

Cheers to St. Patrick's Day  - a day when people around the world celebrate their Irish heritage, the color green, and the chance to have a fun time with friends and family!

Whether you are going out to celebrate at a local pub or hosting a party at home, remember to plan ahead to make sure that your day is full of lucky charms.

♣  If you plan on drinking, don’t drive! Protect yourself and others by having a designated driver and make sure everyone wears a seat belt.

♣  If you are the designated driver, watch out for intoxicated walkers who pay no attention to lights or crosswalks.

♣  Use public transportation or take a cab both to and from your location so you can avoid leaving your car in an unfamiliar place overnight.

♣  Thank your servers and bartenders! They have a responsibility to make sure that customers don’t drink too much.  If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab – Thank them.  They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.

♣  If going out with a group of friends, have everyone “buddy up” to make sure they get home safely.

♣  Stay hydrated and fed. Make sure you don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach (eat a corned beef sandwich!) and consume water or non-alcoholic beverages in between the green beer.

♣  If the party is at your house, have guests turn their keys in to you when they arrive. That way you can ensure that everyone has a safe ride home. But be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative.

♣  Have phone numbers handy for a cab company and emergency contacts.

♣  Have plenty of food and snacks available so your guests aren’t drinking on an empty stomach.

Remember - good health and happiness are the real pot of gold!

Visit for store hours, directions, and available products.
 Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cheers to Ringing in the New Year Safely

Before you gather with family and friends to ring in the New Year, make sure you’ve made plans to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

Going out to celebrate?

  1. Make a plan to get home safely. If you plan on drinking, designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time and leave your keys at home, or program the phone number of a friend or local taxi service to your phone.
  2. Pace yourself. Pay attention to how much alcohol you are consuming
  3. Stay hydrated. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
  4. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. They’ll thank you for it.
  5. Never get in a car with someone who has been drinking. There’s always another way to get home safely! It’s not worth the risk.
  6. If you see someone driving drunk, call the police. Getting drunk drivers off the roads prevents tragedies and saves lives.

Hosting a party?

  1. Make sure to keep all alcohol, festive foods, chocolates, floral arrangements and party decorations away from your pets.  Anytime there is alcohol, food, and people celebrating, it can be a hazard for your furry family members.
  2. Be a responsible and sober host. Limiting your own alcohol intake will allow you to better determine if a guest is sober enough to drive at the end of the night.
  3. Food is the key.  Have plenty of food on hand, and make sure platters of hors d'oeuvres are kept fresh. Foods with protein, such as meats and cheese, help buffer the effects of alcohol.
  4. Provide non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water. Offer water, coffee, or other non-alcoholic spacers between drinks.
  5. Know and watch for the 50 likely signs of visible intoxication, combinations of the signs, and changes in behavior.
  6. Count the number of drinks, not glasses, each guest has.
  7. Wait until a guest finishes a drink before offering another.
  8. Serve one drink per person at a time.
  9. Do not push drinks.
  10. Have designated drivers. Plan to have sober drivers at your party who can escort folks home. Volunteer to be a sober driver at someone else’s party.
  11. Don’t serve alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age is 21. As the host, it is your responsibility to make sure minors aren’t drinking.
  12. Be aware of Oregon's Social Host laws.  As a social host, if you serve visibly intoxicated persons or guests, you may be held liable for damages caused by the persons or guests away from your home or licensed premises (ORS 471.565) 

Cheers to celebrating responsibly! Happy New Year!