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Don’t become a statistic

this holiday season

The holiday season is in full swing and with that comes food, desserts, more food, and, of course, alcohol.

 

It’s common practice to have a beer or wine to celebrate the festivities. That means a higher risk of drinking and driving. December is the month with the most frequent fatalities due to drunk driving, according to youth.gov. 

Because of this, it’s important to take precautions before attending or throwing that Christmas party.

It’s OK to have a drink or two. It is recommended to have food and other drinks (not carbonated, as alcohol absorbs faster) with any alcoholic drink you consume. It takes one hour for one alcoholic beverage to leave your system. 

If you’re attending a wild New Years Eve party where it’s inevitable to have several drinks in a short period of time, make arrangements for yourself beforehand. Make sure you have a designated sober driver that can give you a ride. Or, make sure you have a ride sharing app installed on your phone such as Uber or Lyft. 

Another point to keep in mind is your individual alcohol tolerance. 

 

Everyone has a different level of alcohol that they can handle. 

One or two beers may have no effect on one person, but to another that can be enough to impair their judgment and reasoning, even on a mild level. If you are a lightweight and you plan on driving, it might be best to avoid the drinks altogether. 

If you plan on hosting a party, make sure for every drink you offer, also offer alternative drinks as well as food. You can also ask every guest to place their car keys in a bin or basket when arriving and store it away until they leave. 

This way, you can prevent any drinkers from leaving in a rush and attempting to drive. 

The good news is, you can eat as much ham, turkey and pumpkin pie as you want. 

The only side effect is that you may grow a food baby, but weighing the pros and cons, it’s better to gain a pound or two than to potentially put yourself and others at risk. 

There’s no need to become a statistic this Christmas and New Year’s. 

Drinking and driving will not only hurt you, but possible harm other innocents in the process. 

Be safe and Happy Holidays!

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