Bars Being Held Accountable: How Much Is Too Much Alcohol To Serve


When a person consumes too much alcohol at a bar or restaurant, we usually hold that person responsible for any of the actions they perform while intoxicated. That makes sense, but there are cases where the establishment that over-served the patron can also be held accountable if the patron ends up hurting someone or causing property damage while intoxicated.

The drunk person is not absolved of all responsibility, but the establishment can share some of the blame if they continued to serve alcohol to someone who was clearly inebriated. The laws that determine an establishment’s responsibility for serving their customers too much alcohol are different for each state. If you live in Florida and want to know more about its laws, then you should read more legal guidance from LM & W.

Dram Shop Laws

Dram shop laws are called that because they are named after an 18th century term for an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages. The term dram was a way of measuring alcohol back then. These laws are meant to curb the overconsumption of alcohol by patrons of establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. That means establishments like restaurants, casinos, and even stadiums can be held accountable for over-serving their customers. Dram shop laws are established on a state level rather than a federal level, which means that each state’s laws are unique, even though they may all have many things in common with each other.

Florida’s dram shop laws are different from those in many other states because they do not hold establishments responsible for just serving customers too much alcohol. Rather the Florida state statute states that an establishment is only liable if they over-serve a minor or if they over-serve someone who is habitually addicted to alcohol. It is relatively easy to identify if someone is a minor, but it can be trickier to determine if a person is an alcoholic or not. Additionally, the hosts of social gatherings are exempt from Florida dram shop laws, so they cannot be held accountable for any trouble caused by a drunk guest.

First and Third Party Dram Shop Cases

In Florida, there are two possible kinds of dram shop cases; first party cases and third party cases.

First Party Dram Shop Cases

This is when the person who was over-served by an establishment gets hurt because they were intoxicated and sues the establishment for over-serving them. Many states do not allow first party dram shop cases, but Florida does. However, this kind of case can be difficult to win since many people will believe that it is up to the individual to regulate their alcohol consumption. The exception is if the patron was a minor, in which case a jury may hold the establishment accountable.

Third Party Dram Shop Cases

These kinds of cases happen when an intoxicated person hurts someone or damages their property and the victim sues the establishment that served the intoxicated person too much alcohol. The victim will usually sue the intoxicated person as well, of course. Third party dram shop cases are far more common across the country since most states do not allow for first party dram shop cases.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1 year ago

After using Dr Ofua herbal medicine for 3 weeks, I have tested negative for hsv1. I am beyond enthused & so appreciative of the whole of your herbal medicine team. I feel like I have my life back. I no longer feel hopeless & alone. I want to thank you for your exceptional customer service skills and thorough explanations whenever addressing my concerns. 
I also appreciate you for keeping my privacy. 
I encourage anyone feeling hesitant or skeptical about trying your herbal medicine or sticking with the protocol to do it. It is so worth it in the end. Dr Ofua will helps you along your healing journey. I was suicidal and hated myself for contracting such a nightmare. I felt absolutely disgusting. It was such a burden for me. I felt absolutely helpless with the frequent symptoms. I also lost a woman I loved over this disease. Now, I want to tell her and the world that it is not permanent & they should use Dr Ofua herbal medicine to get their lives back. Trust the process & take the advise of Dr Ofua ofure, indeed you are great , to know more about his work and get in contact with him for your cure .

malthida alex
malthida alex
1 year ago

All thanks to Dr martins abul who helped with his herbal remedy to get rid of my herpes virus, you can contact him on via email, [email protected]

nelson john
nelson john
1 year ago

I was able to get rid of my herpes virus last year, i was diagnosed of herpes virus since late 2015 and i was on my doctor prescription ever since, I wasn’t satisfied i needed to get the virus out of my system, I was going through a blog to find new information about the Herpes Simplex Virus i came across a review of a lady who was cured by [email protected] I contacted the herbal foundation and they guided me on how to purchase the herbal formula. The herbal products last me for 3 weeks which helps me to get rid of the virus totally. WhatsApp +1(409)401-4679