Tis the season to get into the holiday festivities. It is also a time when people gather for office parties. We wanted to share some tips of how to have a more safe office holiday party – but we also wanted to share some tips on hangover cures.

One of the big reasons for office holiday parties is to bring everyone together at one central location at one time, because there is something special about celebrating with the whole team (especially if your team works in different offices or has different shifts). Everyone wants to enjoy a nice drink, good food and some camaraderie with their fellow employees.

The key to a successful holiday office party is to have a safe party. It is not only for the safety of your employees, but for your business as well. You have to remember as the host of a party, to keep your employees and their families safe. You also have to consider the liability issues that come with having a holiday event.

Besides personal safety of you staff and your business liability, you also have to consider the safety of your business’s reputation. The last thing your customers or future clients need to hear, is the mistakes that were made at your gathering. These days, pictures and cellphone videos can spread across the internet in a matter of minutes.

Many small businesses are opting not to have a holiday gathering, but opt instead to take staff out for a lunch. Some choose to pay for the meal, but not pay for any alcoholic beverages. Even if some staff members choose to pay for a drink or two by themselves, they are reminded that they are expected back at work after lunch. This puts the pressure on staff to be very careful with their alcohol consumption.

Here are some tips for having that safe office party if alcohol is being served.

The cost of productivity lost the next day by having a mid-week holiday gathering is what many small business owners are concerned about. But it can also be a deterrent to those who might consider overdoing the partying. When Telsec has their holiday gathering for staff and office tenants, it’s on a Thursday, so people know they still have to work the next day and will not make it a long event. People tend to show up and enjoy, but leave within 30 minutes to an hour.

Use a restaurant or hall that has trained staffers who know when not to serve a person when they have had too much to drink. Most restaurants and banquet halls can off you a fixed menu for a meal or just snacks. Either way, it is important to serve food when alcohol is being served.

Consider having a cash bar. This will discourage people from going overboard because they are getting free alcohol. If you are having a cash bar, provide plenty of free non-alcoholic drinks that will encourage people not to have too much to drink. Since you may want to reward your staff with a drink, have some complimentary drink tickets for each of them for a few drinks.

Telsec-Holiday-Gathering-1If you are partying in the office, bring in a professional bartender who can identify the signs that someone should not have any more alcohol to drink. This also takes some of the pressure off of you as the boss to have to monitor your employees drinking. Besides, having a professional bartender that is dressed in formal wear will bring class to your gathering.

A key way of insuring that your office holiday gathering will be safe is to make sure everyone gets home safe. Have taxi vouchers ready to send people home safely. This way, you can insure that people are not going to drink and drive. These days, a better way to provide rides home is to use a car service like Uber or Lift and have the charges put on your account.

So now we will discuss hangover cures. One of the best hangover cures is by not over drinking at holiday gatherings. This can be done easily by spacing out drinks and having water between drinks, to keep you hydrated. The main cause of a hangover is having too much alcohol and not enough water.

You should know that traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse. The most common and simple combination of coffee and aspirin has been proven to work, but since coffee is known to be a diuretic, too much can further dehydrate you – so be careful.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Food and Function, Chinese researchers found chugging on sweet, caffeine-free soda may provide much solace during a hangover. The study found that it helps the body better metabolize alcohol by speeding up our ability to process aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), believed to be the primary culprit for hangover symptoms.