When celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, let’s not assume the Luck o’ the Irish is with us when it comes to safely getting home from the party. If you plan to make alcohol a part of your festivities, be sure you plan in advance to safeguard against possibly endangering yourself or others.
If you are out on St. Patrick’s Day, have a plan in advance to ensure your safety:
- Drink responsibly.
- Choose a designated driver.
- Call a taxi. Some communities sponsor a free or reduced taxi service for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Drink nonalcoholic beverages.
- Have one or two drinks early in the evening and switch to non-alcoholic beverages for a few hours before you drive home.
- Hide keys—Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys. If the person becomes belligerent or angry, it is likely proof you are doing the right thing.
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If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, take your responsibilities seriously:
- Offer nonalcoholic beverages as an alternative to alcohol.
- Serve plenty of food to slow absorption of alcohol.
- Plan ahead to get keys. Prepare a basket or bowl where all of your guests can leave their keys. You are the only person who can retrieve the keys. This way, you can examine all of your guests before they leave.
- Have designated drivers. Plan to have sober drivers at your party who can escort folks home. Or, be prepared to call a taxi and have some cash on hand if needed.
- Plan to be sober. Be a responsible host. Limiting your own alcohol intake will allow you to better determine if a guest is sober enough to drive at the end of the night.
- NEVER serve minors.
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