do not intend to get into a moral debate over the consumption
of alcohol, however I will firmly state that it is a dangerous
addition to your treasure hunt. The first time I held a treasure
hunt where the participants were drinking just before the
hunt began ended in tragedy. Alcohol can make the most responsible
person do irresponsible things. The volunteers I hired were
put in harm's way on several occasions and I eventually had
to cut the evening short. I swore I would never have a repeat
of such an experience. However, one year later, I did have
a repeat incident and it brought me to a deeper conviction
over the absence of alcohol for all future hunts.
alcohol can impair a person's problem solving abilities. By
consuming alcohol, I do not mean getting drunk. Even a small
amount of alcohol consumption can impair one's ability to
think through a situation. Because a team must rely on their
problem solving skills to correctly (and safely) navigate
their mission, it is easy to see where problems can arise.
some people can become much more aggressive when they have
been drinking. Aggression mixed with impaired problem solving
skills can be disastrous to your hunt
to say NOTHING
about driving (goes without saying.)
what do you do if you would like to have alcohol at your function?
Simple. Serve the alcohol only after the hunt is over.
what do you do if you must serve alcohol before the hunt begins?
Simple. Do not plan a treasure hunt. Have a different activity.
Trust me, the odds are stacked severely against you for having
a successful event.