We are headed into the time of year when we tend to drink more than usual, more parties and more trouble if we don't pay attention to what we are doing and drink responsible. A lot of the troubles can be avoided by doing some planning before you start drinking and you judgement begins to fade away. If you are alone, maybe you might want to take a cab to the party or town, that way you won't be tempted to drive your car home afterward. The biggest part of planning is a solid choice of not to drink and drive.
Americans have been doing a much better job in the past five years, we are down 30%, but this is still a very serious problem. Men are the worst culprits in the problem, involved in 4 out of 5 drinking and driving episodes in 2010. and young men ages 21 to 34 the worst, 32% of all instances ( the group only makes up 11% of the population). Binge drinking has been reported in 85% of drinking and driving incidents. The practice of doing shots, one after another is leading to trouble in the quickest possible way. Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women in a short period of time.
The statistics are dead against you if you are drinking and driving, make a plan and stick to it this holiday season. I really don't want to loose any of my readers of my friends. Choose an alternative to binge drinking this holiday season, choose to select a quality spirit that you can savor and have a plan that does not include you driving to get you back home. Make this a very happy holiday season and be around for 2013. ;o)