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I am having a bunch of my friends and family over for Thanksgiving. We all like to drink and have fun. Can I be sued if things get out of hand?

I am having a bunch of my friends and family over for Thanksgiving. We all like to drink and have fun. Can I be sued if things get out of hand?
 
Under Canadian law, bars, restaurants, clubs, and other establishments that sell alcohol may be found legally accountable for overserving customers who later injure themselves or others.
 
While a private party in your home is not the same as hanging out at a bar, you as a social host should tread with caution and remain vigilant when alcohol is being consumed on your premises.
 
The 2006 Supreme Court decision of Childs v Desormeaux is the landmark case on social host liability in Canada. The hosts of that party were not found liable. However, our Supreme Court by no means shut down the possibility that, under the perfect storm of circumstances, a social host could be found liable for an injury sustained by their guest or to an individual who is seriously hurt by an intoxicated guest’s actions.
 
There are a wide variety of factors that could potentially increase the likelihood of a host attracting liability. This may include:
 
  • Providing alcohol to your guests;
  • Actively pressuring people to drink;
  • Creating situations where guests may be a danger to themselves or others;
  • Not encouraging your guests to seek alternatives to driving home;
  • Serving and/or allowing underage individuals to consume alcohol, and
  • Selling alcohol to people at your party.
 
Remember, Canadian law is always changing and Courts in the coming years may extend the conditions where a social host may be found liable.