|Alcohol||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mary English (Mary.Englishhsc.utah.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 08:00:56 -0800 (PST)|
The question was how do other communities deal with alcohol. At Wasatch most of the meals or parties have been BYOB, usually beer or wine. Some folks occasional bring alcohol to meals and put it on the beverage counter to share . There is no place to store it in the common house that can be locked, and at times the open bottles are just left in the fridge. No problem so far with that, except that after a wedding reception numerous bottles of unopened champagne disappeared over night, to the dismay of the owner. When a community member suggested that alcohol be purchased with community funds for an event, I had a very strong objection. My concern was that if there were to be any unfortunate incidents after an event or dinner, like a guest driving home and an accident occurs, the cohousing group could be sued as the buyer and server of the alcohol. When it is BYOB and shared, the liability wouldn't fall on the entire cohousing community. State laws vary so check locally as to what your liability may be. Another question may arise about alcohol at meetings. I can recall one member, no longer here, who was never without his drink at any meeting. It was frustrating to listen to the disjointed rambling.
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