Zero Tolerance for the Holiday Drinking Season

You’ve heard of the term Black Friday, but do you know the expression Black Wednesday? Also known as Thanksgiving Eve, it’s the day that kicks off the holiday drinking season. From the day before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, social binge drinking (consuming an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time) is at its highest level. The reasons for this include the higher incidence of social outings with friends and family and holiday parties of all varieties. Couple these facts with the increased amount of traveling done during the holiday period, and you can understand why the numbers of auto accidents and fatalities are two to three times higher during this period.

According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 40 percent of auto accident fatalities during Christmas and New Year’s involve drunk drivers. That’s an increase of 12 percent over the rest of the month of December. AAA estimates that around 95 million of us will travel some distance to visit family and friends during the holidays. But by the end of the holiday period, almost 28,000 Americans will end up seriously injured in an auto accident, and more than 250 people will die. Both Christmas and New Year’s are among the six deadliest holidays in the U.S.

Staying Safe and Sober

There are many ways you can help keep others from becoming a statistic. For example, if you are having a party:

  • Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Offer lots of food. It slows the absorption of alcohol.
  • Keep phone numbers for taxis and contact information for ride-sharing services at hand for those who can’t drive themselves.
  • Offer a place to “sleep it off” for those who are inebriated.
  • Don’t be afraid to confiscate the keys of someone who insists, “I’m fine.” No regrets!

If you are going out to a party or other occasion:

  • Always have a designated driver. (Perhaps it’s you.)
  • If you are alone and without a designated driver, plan to stay at a walking-distance hotel, at a friend’s house, or to use a taxi or ride-sharing service.
  • Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking, and don’t ride with someone who has had even just one or two drinks.
  • If you see a driver on the road whom you suspect is driving impaired, report them to the police.

Indiana DUI/OWI Limits

In Indiana, driving under the influence (DUI) is more commonly known as operating while intoxicated (OWI). A person is legally intoxicated and may be arrested and charged with OWI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08%. In fact, since 2002 it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08% or higher. That’s roughly equal to two to three drinks in an hour. If you’ve had two glasses of wine, you could be over the limit. Don’t become a statistic this holiday season!

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