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Drinking safety tips anyone can benefit from this holiday

Thanksgiving may be behind us, but two of the most celebrated federal holidays are still around the corner: Christmas and New Year's Eve. Many people are likely anticipating a few more nights of feasting and drinking with loved ones.

In the midst of all the party planning, however, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism (NIAAA) reminds us not to underestimate ourselves when it comes to drinking and driving this holiday season. The number of alcohol-related car crashes is said to double or even triple during Christmas and New Year's Eve, with nearly half of these accidents being caused by intoxicated drivers. As intuitive as it may seem to recognize the consequences of drunk driving, it is always worth considering how you can avoid a DUI conviction during the holidays:

  • Do not assume you are sober enough to drive. Many people continue to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, on the basis that they do not feel drunk. A night of lively conversation with family and friends can easily fool anyone into thinking he or she is self-aware and, therefore, sober. You do not have to be slurring your words before you can be considered too intoxicated to drive. Even if you have only had one or two drinks, it is always best to let someone who hasn't had any alcohol take the wheel.
  • Make transportation arrangements ahead of time.  If you know you will be drinking outside of your own home, make transportation arrangements to and from the event ahead of time. If you are traveling in a group, assign someone to be the 'designated driver' who can be responsible for staying sober to drive everyone home at the end of the night. You may also want to consider using public transportation services or booking a rideshare if these options are available to you.

 

Alcoholic drinks are a key part of Christmas and New Year's celebrations for many families. Many of us can easily get caught up in the excitement by drinking irresponsibly, leading to reckless driving decisions among other possibilities. Do not let a car crash or DUI conviction taint your holiday memories.

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