A Guide to Safe and Sober Event Planning

National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)

Dear Friends, 

Most of you have read about underage drinking tragedies. Many of you may know people who have been killed or injured as a result of impaired driving. Some of you might have even been involved in crashes yourselves. At the very least, you know about parties that have left your friends with hangovers, embarrassing memories and in trouble with their parents, friends or law enforcement.

Whether you believe the problems of underage drinking and impaired driving pertains to you, the fact is these problems affect everyone.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2010, "more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes."

NHTSA also found that people who begin using alcohol before age 21 are more likely to be drivers in alcohol-related crashes later in life. For instance, a person who begins drinking at age 16 or 17 is four to five times more likely to become involved in an alcohol-related crash as an adult. The earlier the age of drinking onset, the study found, the greater the crash risk later in life. (NHTSA)

We all agree that we need to come together and do our part to prevent these tragedies. That's why NHTSA has joined forces with the NOYS (National Organizations for Youth Safety) to develop this year-round party planner. This guide is full of ideas to help you throw the best parties in town. These guidelines can be used for large get-togethers or even just for a small group of friends hanging out. By using the information in this guide alongside a little creativity and teamwork, you can put together an event that people will remember for a long time and for all the right reasons!

A Guide to Safe and Sober Event Planning includes the following:

  • Ideas for party settings, themes and activities
  • Promotional ideas to help spread the word about your event
  • Party task lists to make sure your event goes off without a hitch
  • A complete set of resources for the event (including logos, posters and other materials to make sure your party rocks!)

A Guide to Safe and Sober Event Planning will help you show all of your friends that drinking alcohol isn't necessary to have an amazing party. In addition to spreading the word against underage drinking and helping to save lives, you'll be throwing great parties all year long. Enjoy!

Follow this link to get the full Safe and Sober Event Planning guide.