LCBO offers advice for responsible holiday entertaining

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is offering its customers advice this holi­day season for celebrations that will be memorable for all the right reasons.

“In addition to providing a positive shopping experience and helping customers with product selection and food matches, LCBO store employ­ees can offer party planning tools and recommend attractive gift solutions,” said LCBO President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Peter. “We en­courage everyone serving alco­hol at their holiday gatherings to use our responsible hosting tips to help ensure guests get home safely.”

While the full list is available online at www.lcbo.­com/sr, here are some of LCBO’s responsible hosting tips:

– Plan ahead to prevent guests from drinking and driv­ing. Do that by discussing designated drivers beforehand, keeping cash and taxi numbers on hand, and preparing for overnight guests. Hosts should also be prepared to take away car keys.

– If hosting, drink moder­ately – or not at all – in order to act quickly and avoid prob­lems.

– All guests – not just designated drivers – should be offered an assortment of alco­hol-free drinks. The LCBO has many mocktail recipes at

– Guests drink more when the bar is open, so either hire a bartender or be the bartender. And remember, measurement is a must.

– Serve high-starch, high-protein foods to help ensure no one drinks on an empty stom­ach.

If Mother Nature is on your gift list this year, LCBO can help you host a “green” party with a range of organic and earth-friendly products in light­weight containers, as well as reusable shopping bags – which make a unique and useful stock­ing-stuffer.

Do not forget to bring reusable bags when shopping at LCBO, and following holiday celebrations, take empty bever­age alcohol containers to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, LCBO encour­ages customers to consider making a donation to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driv­ers) Canada and the province’s four regional children’s hospi­tals during December, either using the donation box in stores or when paying by debit or credit card.

Last December, LCBO customers donated $337,000 to those causes. 

“Consumers today expect a high standard of corporate social responsibility and a true commitment to the environ­ment from the companies they do business with.

“At LCBO, we have a long tradition of being a responsible retailer, and our employees are eager to partner with our customers to make a positive difference,” said Peter.