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The Risks of Alcohol at Company Parties

Eggnog, Christmas punch, and an open bar can liven up a company holiday party. But drinking can lead to undesirable behaviors and accidents that harm employees and other people. Employers can be held liable for the actions of their drunken guests; they need to understand their liabilities and how to protect their companies and their employees.

Companies may be considered "social hosts" with responsibility for the alcohol consumption of their guests, i.e., their employees. Courts in some states have held employers liable for serving alcohol to minors or to employees who become drunk and injure themselves or others. Certain states expect employers

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