Holiday binge drinking & impaired driving is anything but merry

Holidays are occasions for fun and celebration as we celebrate faith, family, and friendships. A combination of good cheer and abundant alcohol can take the fun too far. With the holiday party season in full swing, even people who consider themselves to be “social drinkers” can go overboard.

The holiday season accounts for some of the highest incidents of binge drinking. It’s no surprise with no shortage of food, drink, and good cheer to go around that moderation is rarely taken seriously. There is the idea that being more responsible with food and alcohol consumption in January will make up for any excesses during the holiday season, so people tend to eat and drink more.

The scary thing about alcohol and the holidays is we go overboard without even realizing it. This can lead to getting behind the wheel when you shouldn’t. No one wants a DUI for Christmas. Make sure you have a designated driver or safe ride home after any holiday gathering.

This holiday season, the Fremont County DUI Task Force will implement increased impaired driving enforcement operations. Stay safe! Don’t give them one more person to arrest.

There’s nothing wrong with having a drink at a holiday celebration. Just be aware of how much you’re drinking. Fremont County Commissioner Mike Jones has a motto for situations like this – One & Done.

“Have A drink and socialize – if you have a designated driver, maybe 2, but no more. Socializing means behaving in a way that’s acceptable to society, and being intoxicated is not acceptable,” stated Commissioner Jones.

If you can’t get through the holidays without a drink in your hand, it may be time to talk to a loved one or professional. Click here for resources.

For some great tips on safely hosting a party where alcohol is present, click here.


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