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How restaurants may handle drunk customers

When Connecticut restaurants serve alcoholic beverages, it is their task to ensure that their patrons are responsible drinkers. A previous blog discussed a restaurant’s liability if a customer caused harm while drunk. This week’s blog will discuss the ways restaurant staff can handle patrons who have had too much to drink.

Connecticut's social host laws

It comes as no surprise that in Connecticut it is against the law for a person 20 years old or younger to possess alcohol or to consume alcohol. However, the state's laws go beyond the actions of any minor person involved and may also include what may be called a social host. A social host is someone of legal drinking age who may either provide alcohol to a minor or at least be aware of a minor's possession of alcohol.

Restaurant responsibility for drunk patrons

Many people may not consider the responsibilities which Connecticut bars and restaurants have to ensure that their customers make it home safely. However, the duty of these establishments is laid out in dram shop civil liability statutes. The National Conference of State Legislatures says that dram laws consider businesses which sell alcohol to be liable if a customer becomes drunk and harms someone.

Consequences of hosting parties with alcohol

When you host a party at your Connecticut home, you likely focus on providing an enjoyable evening. However, you may want to pay closer attention to what can happen after your guests leave. We at Loughlin Fitzgerald know that sometimes you may not realize the consequences of being a social host until after the party ends.