Is it Safe for Guests to Drive After Drinking Champagne at Your Wedding Reception?

March 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
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Your wedding can be the most memorable event of your life, both for better or for worse. Hopefully, the good reasons far outweigh the bad. However, there are some precautions you need to take to avoid regrets associated with excessive champagne consumption during your reception.

Does Champagne Make You Drunk Faster?

Champagne is delicious and can add a sense of class to your event, but does it really get you drunk faster and easier than other kinds of alcohol? There is now plenty of evidence to support the hypothesis that the bubbles in champagne cause people to get drunk significantly faster than alcoholic beverages with no fizz. Some scientists think it has to do with the carbon dioxide causing the alcohol to end up in the intestines much faster, leading to higher blood alcohol levels at faster rates. Although one glass of champagne is about equal to one shot of liquor, the champagne often has stronger effects.

Champagne is often the primary beverage served at wedding receptions. Guests at your reception are likely to have more than one glass of champagne, causing their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to spike very quickly.

While the legal BAC level for driving under the influence is 0.8 in most states, just a 0.2 BAC can decrease the quality of vision in drivers. This means that just one glass of champagne can be enough to prevent many of your guests from driving home after your reception.

Can You Be Held Responsible?

So many newlyweds conduct wedding ceremonies and receptions without really understanding the laws that govern such activities. These days, practically any public serving of alcoholic beverages can involve the law, and wedding receptions are no exception.

Did you know that in some states, the bride and groom can be held responsible if there is a serious or fatal DUI or DWI involved with one or more of their guests? Many new couples don’t, and some find themselves at the center of unfortunate incidents after their reception ends.

DWI and DUI laws vary by state. For example, anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher can be arrested for DWI in most jurisdictions. However, those caught driving with a BAC of less than that will be charged with driving under the influence (DUI), which is a lesser offense.

But when they concern the hosts of parties and their guests, they generally fall into three categories.

  • Some states do not have any laws that directly address this issue.
  • Some states claim the hosts aren’t responsible.
  • Some states have special criteria that determine if hosts are responsible.

In the states which have laws that do hold hosts responsible, everyone involved in the planning and execution of the event in which alcohol was served excessively can be held liable and charged with gross negligence. This can even include anyone whose name is imprinted on the wedding invitations, including the bride and groom.

It’s definitely to your advantage to find out what laws exist in your state, but it’s always better to be prepared for the worst case scenario anyway. This is especially true for a wedding, which should be a positive and momentous occasion.

Transportation Planning

With all the expenses that come with a wedding and a wedding reception, you may be tempted to cut corners and save some money. However, when it comes to you and your guests getting home safely, no expense should be spared. Let this be a general rule for keeping out of trouble. Many limousine companies offer special discount rates for the bride and groom and their guests because of the possibility of drunk driving after a reception.

Your special day should be fun for you and your guests. But nothing sucks the fun out of your wedding reception like an arrest warrant. By planning ahead and thinking through the details of your event — the food, the drinks, the seating arrangements, the cakes, and (of course) the music–you can ensure that you and your guests have a memorable event for all of the right reasons.

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