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Avoid Buzzed-Driving This Winter Break

drivingGoing home for the holidays can be a stressful time with your family. Everyone is adjusting to being under the same roof again and tempers can fly. One way to avoid this is by getting out of the house and spending time with your hometown friends, and if you are over 21, you might meet your friends at a bar for drinks. Or you might go to a New Years Eve party, or some other social event where alcohol is involved. We all like to cut loose and have fun around the holidays, so there’s nothing wrong with having a glass or two of your favorite alcoholic beverage (spiked egg-nog anyone?).

However, there is something really wrong with drinking and driving, even if you are just “buzzed.”

Last year, around 10,500 people in the USA died from driving accidents where there was alcohol involved. The holidays have had higher incidences of these accidents than other times of the year for a long time. So, instead of ending 2011 with a DUI or even worse, how about taking some of these safety tips to enjoy your nights out with friends and family without ending the night by driving under the influence.

1. Have a plan for getting home before you go out. It doesn’t matter what your plan is, but make a plan before you go out for the evening. If there is someone in the group who does not want to drink, then make him or her the official designated driver. If everyone wants to drink, then look for alternative options for getting home, such as public transportation or a taxi service. Many college towns have a community sober ride program, so check if your city has something like this as another way to get home safely.

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Binge Drinking is on the Rise with College Students

More and more college students are binge drinking, and then getting behind the wheel.

More and more college students are binge drinking today than in the past, according to U.S. health officials. Along with the increase in binge drinking comes an increase in drunk driving and drinking-related deaths.

Drinking-related deaths among students age 18-24 has increased from 1,440 a year in 1998 to 1,825 in 2005, according to the U.S. national Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The percentage of college students who say they have participated in binge drinking within the past month has also increased, from 42 percent to 45 percent.

“There’s a whole culture that needs to be changed around drinking and driving under the influence among young people in the United States,” said Ralph Hingson, director of the institute‚Äôs division of epidemiology and prevention research. Hingson also said that since alcohol is cheap and many alcoholic beverage makers target high school and college students, it is very appealing to teens and young adults. Read the rest of this entry »





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