The December holidays go hand-in-hand with events, socializing — and overindulgence. With the increase in parties and traffic during this time, it’s important that families agree to take it easy and play it safe on the roads.
More people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Statistics show that during Christmas and New Year’s, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods the rest of the year. And 40 percent of traffic fatalities during these holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 28 percent for the rest of December (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts, December 2007.)
Resources and more information about alcohol use during the holidays
- Underage drinking during the holidays: resource/tip guide – DUI/DWI Foundation
- Rethink the Holiday – NIAAA
- Experts Warn About Dangers of Holiday Drinking and Driving – Drugfree.org
- Holiday Drinking: How 8 Common Medications Interact with Alcohol – LiveScience.com
- Hints for safe, sensible, and responsible drinking – Indiana University