Host Liability, 9th Edition - Liability for Injuries Sustained by Employees, Clients or Others as a Result of Alcohol Intoxication


This booklet is intended as a basic guide to host liability, which is the potential for personal and corporate liability for injuries sustained by employees, clients and other persons as a result of alcohol intoxication. This guide should not be regarded as a substitute for specific legal advice and persons requiring such advice should consult legal counsel. The lawyers at Bennett Jones LLP would be pleased to provide such advice.

Introduction -

The provision of alcoholic beverages by businesses to employees or guests at social gatherings is commonplace. However, there is a significant potential for liability associated with such activities. Although the provision of alcoholic beverages may appear innocuous, the courts have held that businesses and others acting as hosts may be civilly responsible for injuries sustained by or caused by employees or guests who become impaired. This evolving area of law is “host liability.”

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