Tips for celebrating this holiday season

The following list includes a few simple tips for celebrating and driving safely this holiday season:
• Designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time.
• If drinking alcohol at a party or other celebration, allow at least one hour between drinks. It takes one hour to get rid of one drink from your body (one drink is equal to a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine, or 1?-ounce shot of liquor).
• Set limits beforehand of the number of drinks to have and stick with it.
• Alternate drinking alcoholic beverages with soda, juice or water and eat food.
• Don’t mix alcohol with other drugs, including over-the-counter and prescription medications.
• Don’t ride with someone who is impaired. Use other means of transportation such as a taxi, public transportation or driver who is sober.

If you are hosting a party, here are some steps to take to help your guests drive safely:
• Plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
• Collect each guest’s keys upon arrival and store in a designated basket.
• Serve foods along with alcohol-free beverages such as soda, juice or water.
• If making an alcoholic punch, use fruit juice instead of a carbonated drink. Alcohol absorbs faster into the blood stream when mixed with carbonated drinks.
• Stop serving alcohol 1 hour before the party actually ends.

If you take a medication that makes you drowsy, do not drive. Have someone drive you.

During Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, recommit yourself to preventing the loss of life by reminding others to be sober and drug free, and use safe driving practices on the road.

Drink responsibly, drive responsibly and encourage family members, friends and co-workers to be safe and responsible drivers for the holidays and beyond.