While Thanksgiving may always be on a Thursday, how each American celebrates this holiday varies. For some families, the holiday means a turkey dinner and all the trimmings, made by grandma and her team of helpers. For other families, volunteering to serve others in need is the preferred way to spend the day. As families grow and change, traditions can change too. Maybe this year, your family is incorporating a new tradition. Perhaps the kids will serve the adults dessert, or after dinner, everyone will go for a long walk before indulging in a slice of pie. These traditions are what makes Thanksgiving special.
However, not all activities associated with Thanksgiving would be missed if they went forgotten this year. For example, the holiday season (or the period between Thanksgiving Eve and New Year’s Day)—is often associated with an increase in drunk driving and alcohol-related accidents and fatalities. In fact, an estimated 1,200 people die each year in alcohol-related crashes during the holiday season. Another 25,000 will be injured during the same period. But the good news is this “tradition” does not have to continue and your holiday gatherings can help stop the trend! The following are just a few ways you can help support sober drivers this holiday season:
- Be a good hostess: If you are hosting a gathering of people, make sure that you have plenty of non-alcoholic beverage options to offer your guests. Do not put a guest in the awkward position of having to request something non-alcoholic. Remember too that alcohol-free does not have to be boring! Sure soda and juices are nice but do not stop there. Lots of festive alcohol-free options exist—including sparkling waters and ciders, non-alcoholic beer, wine and even bubbly! Alternatively, make up a pitcher of a signature ‘mock’tail that guests can add liquor too if they desire.
- Do not pass the pressure: During the holidays, it seems like a festive mood always includes a few people who are always encouraging others to indulge. You know the aunt that is always offering seconds and thirds of her famous pie. While Thanksgiving, in particular, may be the holiday to allow yourself an extra helping—do not encourage anyone to drink in excess or make anyone feel like they need to drink alcohol to enjoy in the fun.
- Rescue those in need: The holidays are often stressful for many Therefore it should be no surprise that approximately 16% of people say they drink more than usually do. So if you notice that Uncle Frank is interrogating Cousin Eddie about his pending divorce, causing him to reach for another beer—intervene. Perhaps you can change the topic of conversation or ask your cousin to help you in the kitchen.
- Take the keys: Do not let anyone leave your house for the holidays if he or she are under the influence of alcohol.
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