Back to This Issue The information below is furnished to licensed drinking establishments by the OLCC as a set of guidelines for cutting off intoxicated patrons. No matter your relative sobriety, chances are the OLCC would consider you drunk right now. The "50 Signs of Visible Intoxication" have been reproduced to resemble the original as closely aspossible.

50 Signs of Visible Intoxication

Serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated person (VIP) is against the law. Visible intoxication is intoxication that other people can see. If you can tell on sight that a person has been drinking or using other drugs, the person is visibly intoxicated.

Here are some of the signs of visible intoxication. If a person shows just one or two of these signs, that does not necessarily mean the person is intoxicated. But if a person shows a combination of several of these signs, that could be a strong indication that the person is intoxicated.

If you're not sure, don't serve.

1. Slurred speech.
2. Swaying, staggering, or stumbling.
3. Unable to sit straight.
4. Bloodshot, glassy eyes.
5. Loud, noisy speech.
6. Speaking loudly, then quietly.
7. Drinking too fast.
8. Ordering doubles.
9. Careless with money.
10. Buying rounds for strangers or the house.
11. Annoying other guests and employees.
12. Complaining about prices.
13. Complaining about drink strength or preparation.
14. Argumentative.
15. Aggressive or belligerent.
16. Obnoxious or mean.
17. Making inapproprirate comments about others.
18. Crude behavior.
19. Inappropriate sexual advances.
20. Foul language.
21. Making irrational statements.
22. Depressed or sullen.
23. Crying or moody.
24. Extreme or sudden changes in behavior.
25. Overly animated or entertaining.
26. Drowsiness.
27. Drinking alone.
28. Lack of focus and eye contact.
29. Bravado, boasting.
30. Difficulty remembering.
31. Rambling train of thought.
32. Slow response to questions or comments.
33. Spilling drinks.
34. Trouble making change.
35. Difficulty handling money.
36. Difficulty lighting cigarettes.
37. Lighting more than one cigarette.
38. Letting cigarettes burn without smoking.
39. Clumsy.
40. Difficulty standing up.
41. Unusual walk.
42. Boisterous.
43. Bumping into things.
44. Falling off of chair.
45. Falling asleep.
46. Can't find mouth with glass.
47. Falling down.
48. Mussed hair.
49. Dishevelled clothing.
50. Overly friendly to other guests or employees.