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Hosting a giant (or patriotic, as the case may be) Super Bowl party comes with more than just colossal clean-up duties. It may also make you personally liable for drunk party guests' actions -- even after they leave your house.
That's because throwing a party and serving alcohol makes you a social host in the eyes of the law. Under general legal principles, a social host has an obligation to the public to serve alcohol to guests in a safe and responsible manner.
Consequences can be costly.
For example, if one of your Super Bowl guests has too much to drink and gets in a crash while driving home from your party, you may be held liable for any third-party injuries, depending on the laws of your state.
In general, state laws about social hosts call for different types of liability:
Again, each state's law is different. Check out FindLaw's Social Host Liability page to see the laws that apply where you live. If you're still confused, you may want to consult a local attorney before one of your Super Bowl guests gets drunk and commits a major party foul.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.