In Oregon, a social host who serves alcohol can be held liable for subsequent accidents if the host knew of a drinking problem or similar conditions prior to serving, or if it can be shown that it was highly probable the guest was visibly drunk.

In Washington, the host can be held liable only for serving alcohol to a minor, and only for injuries to the minor.


2 Responses to DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Car says:

    What about a party that’s BYOB? Is the host still liable if someone’s obviously had too much, even though they didn’t serve it?

    • Daniel Reitman says:

      BYOB is not the host’s responsibility in Washington; the Court of Appeals ruled on that a few years ago. Oregon is uncertain, but if it’s a minor, I think there’s at least a chance the host could be held responsible.

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