While this is the season for spreading good cheer and getting set to ring in the New Year, it’s also a time that we usually see more binge drinking and increasingly more dangerous roads.
Why Roads Are More Dangerous During the Holidays
On average, about 300 people lose their lives because of drunk driving during the holidays. Some years are better, while some are not.
For example, in 2016 drunk drivers killed nearly 800 Americans during the month of December alone.
Contributing to the spike in drunk driving related accidents is the potentially deadly combination of increased traffic as people travel to see their friends and families, traffic congestion and the fact that many people are leaving holiday parties where alcohol is served.
The Causes of Binge Drinking During the Holidays
Binge drinking is described as consuming so much alcohol that your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above 0.08 grams percent or higher.
This level of intoxication is typical for men who have five drinks or more within two hours, and four or more drinks or more within the same timeframe for women.
There are several reasons for a rise in binge drinking during December and January.
Many drink while enjoying holiday parties and family get-togethers.
For some, though, the holidays represent a time of stress and loneliness. Whether the emotional issues stem from financial stress, the loss of loved ones, or simply the fear of being around so many other people during holiday gatherings, the temptation to over-indulge is real.
How to Stay Safer on the Roads this Holiday Season
If you’re hosting a holiday party, make sure that you:
- Provide designated drivers or coordinate with ride sharing and taxi companies
- Include non-alcoholic beverages
- Offer your guests plenty of food to offset the amount of alcohol being consumed
- Keep your eyes on the liquor cabinet so that no one is sneaking drinks.
As you’re out shopping for gifts or driving to see family and friends, remember these holiday safety driving tips we wrote about in a previous issue.
It also makes good sense to:
- Leave earlier than previously planned to allow for congested roads
- Drive about 5 mph less than the speed limit
- Do not tailgate
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