Each year the holiday season spawns a plethora of parties, family gatherings and other social events. It seems everyone has to contend with increased pressures to not only overeat, but to over drink as well. For many, the holidays turn extremely stressful, what with the increased expense of purchasing presents, preparing for the arrival of company and just the extra responsibilities in general. Whether you’re traveling to spend time with your family or trying to ensure you complete those last minute “to-do’s” on your list, most people are under a great deal of pressure during the holidays.
So it’s not surprising to know that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for alcohol related accidents and deaths. Here are some interesting facts:
- Because of the increased number of parties and other social events, many more people end up drinking during the holidays;
- Many of those holiday drinkers have a lower alcohol tolerance because they don’t drink often, so they have a lower alcohol tolerance. Consequently, many times they underestimate their level of impairment and are more prone to drive when they shouldn’t. When arrested – and tested – for drunk driving, they often have a relatively low blood alcohol content but are very intoxicated.
- People who have problems with drinking and alcoholics may use the holidays as an excuse to drink more due to the increased social events. Unfortunately, this means poeople with alcohol problems drink and drive more frequently.
How To Avoid Alcohol-Related Problems
Make your holidays happier and safer by following these five simple tips for consuming alcohol in moderation throughout the season:
- Just say no – Resist the pressure to drink or serve alcohol at every social event. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to drink it.
- Don’t feel like you have to drink just because your host offers it to you — it’s not rude to choose a non-alcoholic beverage instead.
- If you are hosting the event and plan to serve alcohol, also offer nonalcoholic beverages as well. Make sure your guest feel as comfortable choosing nonalcoholic beverages as they would choosing alcohol. You can do this by putting nonalcoholic drinks in a prominent, easily accessible place and asking guests what they’d like to drink, instead of pointing them to the bar or handing them an alcoholic drink on their arrival.
- Have a designated a driver selected before going out. Most of us hear this suggestion all the time, we read it all the time, we see it in commercials – it’s the easiest way to get home safely – yet many people totally ignore this one simple step.
- Decide how many drinks you will have, and what type ahead of time – then stick to your plan.
Remember the reason for the holidays, and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. The choice to drink is yours. The choice to drink and drive is yours. The responsibility for any consequences resulting from your drinking and driving are yours as well!
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