Drunken guests can get embarrassing. Have you been here?

A plus one is tearing up the dance floor with a little extra exuberance then is needed. The bartender has become his new bestie. And he forgot to leave his outdoor voice, outside!

All eyes start to shift towards you and they’re filled with a blend of awkwardness and amusement. Neither are good news for the success of your event. Here’s how to deal with the intoxicated, the inebriated, the drunk.

Tips for dealing with a drunken guest:

1. Stop serving them!
Make sure your bartender watches out for guests who are getting intoxicated. The wait staff is your best defence team for drunken guests.

2. Discreetly remove the guest from sight
Keep your event professional. The less people are aware of the scene, the better. In addition, crowds tend to rile up drunken guests.

3. Feed and water the guest
Savoury food and water will cool their liquor cravings and hopefully mitigate the drunkenness.

4. Take away the car keys
Absolutely make sure they cannot drive home unless they are sober. If you need some help, tap into their significant other or friend. If you absolutely have to, call the authorities. Anything is better than having an intoxicated guest on the road, especially a guest from your party.

5. Consider budgeting for a cab ride fund
You might have an easier time persuading the guest to take the cab if the ride is free.

6. Play the parent Reason might not work.
Alcohol prevents the brain from making the sound judgements you would expect from an adult. Try joking or cajoling rather than reasoning with the person.

7. Never use force
As tempted as you might be, never use physical strength to persuade the guest. The impaired guest may become angered and the situation could escalate into a fight. The potential assault charges are also too much to risk. Avoid force at all cost.

8. Time out
Drunken guests and kids have lots in common. Guide the guest to a quiet place where they can fall asleep and let the drunkenness naturally recede. Having trouble convincing the intoxicated guest to lie down? Enlist the aid of their companion and offer food or a movie.



As the event host, you are unfortunately responsible for the safety of your guests. Here’s the largest takeaway from this post: make absolutely sure to take away the car keys.

Prevention is always better than cure. Have your bartenders dilute the drinks of guests who show signs of becoming intoxicated. The tips to keep your alcohol budget under control will help reduce the number of drunken guests you have to deal with.

Plan ahead and be ready! Want more advice from our experts? Check out how Eventsage can help make your event exceptional. Eventsage – event planning made easy!

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Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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