Best Tips for Safe Holiday Drinking
We know holiday celebrations offer a unique chance to unwind with your family and friends. What better way than with some Sangria, Eggnog, or a few Candy Cane Martinis? A 2018 study conducted by Morning Recovery found that people drink more than double the amount of alcohol during the holiday season than they do during ordinary time.
An average of 28 people in the U.S. die in drunk-driving accidents each day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Elevated holiday drinking only causes more Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charges, accidents, and deaths.
Whether you are hosting or attending a party this holiday season, there are things you can do to avoid a devastating drunk-driving incident.
As a guest…
- Alternate water & alcoholic drinks. It’ll help you stay hydrated and drink at a healthier pace. You’ll also spend more time savoring your festive beverage.
- Opt for non-alcoholic holiday beverages. Worried your friends will think you’re the holiday Scrooge if you don’t drink the spiked Eggnog or Cranberry Spritzer? The pressure is real, but the good news is there are plenty of alcohol-free holiday drinks you can choose from.
- Practice moderation. It’s not bad to have one or two drinks at a holiday party. But make sure you pace yourself, keep to your set limit, and have an emergency travel plan.
- Set a realistic drink limit. For most people, the all-or-nothing approach will simply not work. Be honest with yourself and create a drink limit that you can actually stick to.
- Hit up the holiday treats. Your health depends on it! When you have food in your stomach before you drink, the alcohol will soak into the food and have a slower effect on your body.
- Remember the reason for the season. The holidays are about celebrating and spending quality time with your family and friends. When you let your drinking get out of control, you can’t be present nor attentive to your loved-ones.
- Arrange transportation beforehand. Whether you use a ridesharing app, plan to spend the night in your host’s home, or appoint a designated driver, there are various options that can help you avoid a DWI charge or accident.
As a host…
- Provide alcohol-free alternatives. Don’t pressure your guests into drinking exclusively alcoholic beverages. Many of the holiday favorites can be made without alcohol, from a Cranberry Sparkler to non-alcoholic Eggnog or Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
- Offer water, food, & low-sodium snacks. Provide your guests with snacks and water to slow the effect of the alcohol. Remember, salty snacks will just make your guests more thirsty and dehydrated.
- Make sure your guests have safe travel plans. Keep an eye on your loved ones. If they’ve had too much to drink, let them spend the night, call them a cab, or pay for an Uber or Lyft.
- Be mindful of alcohol-sensitive guests. Do any of your guests have a not-so-great relationship with alcohol? Out of courtesy and care for them, consider making it an alcohol-free celebration or limiting the alcohol you serve.
Ultimately, the best way to stay safe this holiday season is to be a responsible driver and avoid drinking and driving altogether. If you have questions about DWI or need some help with a DWI charge, reach out to the team at Mulligan Attorneys. We can help you through the process by explaining your options and helping you decide how best to proceed. Click here to get in touch with us, or give us a call at 910-763-1100 to schedule a free consultation.