The hospitality laws in Georgia are clearly defined, whether served in someone’s home, or in a bar, restaurant or other licensed establishment. According to the Georgia Dram Shop Act, a proprietor or home owner bears some responsibility in cases where a customer or guest who is clearly inebriated is served additional alcohol and then gets behind the wheel of a car.
Legal liability falls on the shop or home owner for any damage or injury caused by an intoxicated patron after being continually served or when an underage patron is served any amount of alcohol. The law is in effect when a patron or guest over the age twenty-one, who shows visible signs of inebriation, is served additional alcoholic beverages when the server knows the person will later operate a vehicle. To prove liability, it must be shown that the cause of injury was the provision of alcohol to the already intoxicated person.