Distribution & Consumption of Alcohol Products
Over the last several years, the laws affecting the service of alcohol have evolved to the point where hosts can be liable for the actions of guests who consume alcohol on the premises of the host. Banquets, tournaments and other events hosted or sanctioned by OSA and/or its members where alcohol service is provided, require the host to make reasonable efforts to reduce the risk of guests over-consuming. In addition, certain precautions are recommended to intervene when it is apparent that someone has had too much to drink.
In an effort to help minimize liability associated with the service of alcohol, OSA has prepared a set of protocols. These are based on current industry standards and have been modified in consideration of OSA's specific events and functions. While it is impossible to eliminate this risk, following the recommended protocols will help demonstrate reasonable care and due diligence.
By showing that the host took practical steps in this regard, the host helps to minimize the consequences in the event there is a civil action due to an alcohol related incident involving a guest. Note that an incident does not necessarily have to involve the operation of a motor vehicle. It could be any damage to a person, including the guest themselves, where the guest was deemed to be impaired.
Please download and review the guidelines below.