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What is "Social Host Liability" in Michigan?

The Dram Shop law controls liability in cases involving retail liquor licensees. There are, of course, circumstances in which a drunk driver was furnished alcohol at a private residence, party, or event. In those circumstances, Michigan law can impose liability under what is called "Social Host Liability." Social host liability is the potential liability of a person or an entity other than a bar or restaurant for the unlawful furnishing of alcoholic beverages. The liability of a social host in Michigan has been recognized only in the case of providing alcohol to a minor.
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