Drinking During the Holidays

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

It's that time of the year for holiday parties and seeing family and friends maybe for the first time in a while.

But when drinking is involved and someone has to drive home, authorities say always remember to be careful, because sometimes you have had more than you think.

Having some drinks at a holiday party may not be a bad thing but when you get on the road thinking you're okay, that's when you can get into trouble.

A lot of us think we know our limits but authorities say in all reality we don't.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation in just a few days surrounding Christmas and New Years, nationally an average of 304 people die in drunk driving crashes.

Sometimes one drink may actually be two, because of how much alcohol is actually in it.

"They think after one or two, 'Oh I've only had two beers', but typically most establishments their drinks come in sizes of 22, 24 or 16 ounce ...That is actually a couple beers and if you drink a couple of those, you've increased it to four to six," says Lt. Carlos Smith, Commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Officials say always have a plan in place and a designated driver.

Lt. Smith says they want everyone to enjoy this time with their families so be careful and watch how much you drink.

He adds it is very easy to get caught as officials step up patrols and checkpoints throughout this time of year.

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