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.
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.
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.
If you’re hosting a holiday party, make sure that you:
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:
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