The holiday season is a time for friends, family, good times and maybe even some alcohol. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a few drinks when spending time with loved ones, you don’t want to go overboard. And it goes without saying that it’s critical to avoid driving after you’ve consumed alcohol.
Here’s the problem: You’re so excited about the holidays and everything going on around you that you overlook just how much you’re drinking. This increases the likelihood of getting behind the wheel when you’re drunk, which can result in your arrest and a variety of potential consequences.
Here are four ways to drink smart and avoid trouble this holiday season:
- Assign a designated driver: Find someone in your group who is willing to avoid alcohol for the evening to ensure that no one gets behind the wheel while intoxicated. And of course, don’t be shy about taking your turn every now and again.
- Drink water, too: For example, you could drink a glass of water between every alcoholic beverage. This slows down your drinking, while keeping you hydrated (so there’s less chance of a hangover).
- Drink in moderation: It’s okay to pace yourself when you’re drinking. There’s no rule saying that you have to consume as many alcoholic beverages as you can in a short period of time. Savor your drinks, take time to talk to your company and keep a close watch on your overall tally.
- Know when to stop: There will come a time when you realize that enough is enough. Rather than push the limit, stop for the meantime and see how you feel after an hour or so. It’s better to stop drinking early, than to have a few more and hope your body can handle it.
When you take these four steps this holiday season, you’ll find it easier to drink smart while still enjoying good times with your loved ones.
If you make a mistake and find yourself under arrest for driving under the influence, remain quiet, respect the officer and take mental notes as to what’s happening. Once you’re processed and released, your immediate attention should turn to devising a DUI defense strategy to protect your legal rights and prevent a conviction.