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Drinking and Driving During the Holidays

Posted Dec 02 2010 7:34am

Champagne bottleDuring the holidays there are many opportunities to celebrate with alcohol.   A little eggnog here, a hot toddy there… suddenly you are seeing double, wearing a lamp shade on your head, and entertaining the crowd with your special rendition of “All My Ex’s Live in Texas!” Hey, I’m not judging. After a few sips of chardonnay, I’ve been known to belt out “There’s No Business, Like Show Business” or “Anything Goes” (if truth be told, I’d probably do that without alcohol). The important thing to focus on here is not my fascination with Ethel Merman, rather, that we all need to be responsible about drinking and driving during the holidays .

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month . You can take steps to make sure that you and everyone you celebrate with avoids driving under the influence of alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you plan ahead when attending a party. Always designate a non-drinking driver before any holiday party or celebration begins. If you have friends that have had a little too much to drink and are impaired , take the keys away. Do not let them drive.

As the host of the “party of the year”, there are things you can do to ensure that everyone has a great time and stays safe. After all, you cared enough about these folks to invite them to your shindig, do what you can to help them stay safe. Remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. If need be, call a cab for your guests.

It is especially important for parents, whose kids are hosting holiday parties, to monitor parties to prevent underage drinking . Underage drinking and driving is a leading contributor to death from injuries, which are the main cause of death for persons under age 21. Alcohol poisoning is also more common amongst teenagers during the holidays.

Let’s all have a joyous and safe holiday season.

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