Knowing When “Maybe just a half a drink more” Is Too Much
Spiked eggnog, mulled wine, and hot buttered rum are just a few examples of beverages that go with being in the holiday “spirit.” Cranberry juice and orange liqueur mimosas are aptly named Poinsettias as the star of holiday brunches, while family members bring their favorite six-packs to evening gatherings. These drinks prove to be great social additions, the gray area surrounding alcohol can dim the bright holiday fun: how much is too much?
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), even one drink is too much if you plan to drive home, whether it’s from your workplace holiday party or your family’s annual function. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHSTA) reported that over a five-year period, almost 4,000 people died in drunk driving incidents during the month of December. You’ve had a stressful year; you’ve earned that extra Hot Toddy. There are plenty of ways you can have your beverage, and drink it too.
Ensure that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to whose turn it is to be the designated driver. Carpooling with other family members is also a great way to save gas and ensure everyone gets home safely. U.S. DOT also urges you to take the keys away from a family member or friend who’s had too much. Offer to give them a ride and tell them they simply owe you a ride next time to lighten the conversation.
There’s an app for that
The National Highway Safety Association has an app called SaferRide that will provide you with a list of taxi services in your area that you can call at the push of one button. The app also allows you to pre-program your own personal contacts for reliable people that can help you out in a pinch. Lastly, the app provides you with a location if you’re out on the town and aren’t sure where you are. Download the SaferRide app now for Android or iPhone. You can also check to see if ride-sharing programs Uber and Lyft are in your local area as a taxi alternative.
Be on the Lookout
Even if you’re the designated driver this season, keep your eyes out for any drivers who may seem to be under the influence, whether it’s your day off or you’re heading in for a night shift. Be sure to have your local law enforcement’s number handy so that any accidents can be prevented. NHSTA also partnered up with state and local law enforcement this season, from December 15 until the 31st, in a program called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over that will ensure the streets are safer for all your holiday travels.
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