With the holidays comes
shiny shopping deals, family feasts, and an increase in social gatherings,
especially those that incorporate drinking.
And with Thanksgiving
being one of the biggest holidays celebrated in the United States, most
companies typically offer its employees an extended weekend immediately
following the holiday. As a result of this custom, a new “tradition”
has emerged in recent years. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the day before Thanksgiving has become known as
Blackout Wednesday (also known as Black Wednesday), and it’s the United States’
biggest drinking day of the year. This “tradition” seems to be more than an urban
myth, as reported by the Orange County Register, who shared that in 2016, beer sales jumped 270%, and liquor sales jumped 114% on Thanksgiving Eve.
Due to increased alcohol
consumption levels on this particular day, California Highway Patrol and other
law enforcement agencies implement maximum enforcement periods – heightened
patrol efforts to keep California’s streets and highways safe during the
holiday season. To minimize your likelihood of any unfortunate events, we have
crafted a list of tips to help all party-goers stay safe on this day and
throughout the entire season.
Don’t Drink and Drive
This is often said but
not always heeded. It is imperative not to drink and drive, especially during
the holiday season, when there is more risky driving taking place and a
heightened presence of law enforcement officials on the road monitoring for
Designate a Non-Drinking Driver
An easy and more
affordable way to stay safe on the roads during Blackout Wednesday is to ride
with a sober friend or family member. Arrange plans before heading out for the
evening so that everyone is on the same page regarding who is the non-drinking
Use Ride-Sharing Services
If everyone in your
party plans to drink, a great safe travel option is ride-sharing services. In
Southern California, there are many commercial ride-sharing companies in
operation. Uber and Lyft are the most popular on the market, but there are many others available as well.
Take a Taxi
If ride-sharing services
are scant or less prevalent in your area, consider booking a taxi cab to get to
and from your events. There are typically regional cab services, such as Yellow
Cab Co, that can sometimes be more
readily available than local ride-share options.
Choose Mocktails, not Cocktails
Another way to enjoy
your holiday parties responsibly is to opt out of drinking altogether. Tasty
mocktails or can be just as festive as alcoholic cocktails, minus the
inebriated effects. Consider ordering a virgin margarita, or ask the bartender
for their signature drink without alcohol.
Key takeaway? Before you
head out for a fun time next week, consider one of these five tips for getting
home safely. And no matter how you choose to spend your Thanksgiving Eve, just
remember to party responsibly. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the
law this holiday, we can help. Give us a
call at 949-268-2857.