When is a Guest “Visibly Intoxicated” for the Purposes of Civil Liability?
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When is a Guest “Visibly Intoxicated” for the Purposes of Civil Liability?

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If a social host/bar/restaurant serves alcohol to a guest, and that guest later drives drunk and injures a third party, the host/bar/restaurant could find itself on the wrong end of a personal injury lawsuit. In a civil setting, liability will often hinge on whether the guest was “visibly intoxicated” at the time he or she were served. There are differences, however, as to the meaning of “visible intoxication” depending on the circumstances of the alcohol consumption. Scirocco Law partner Mark Scirocco recently analyzed this issue in an article published in the New Jersey Law Journal. You can find a link to the article here.