The peak in alcohol sales is trending back downward as states start lifting stay-at-home restrictions and we move into the re-opening phase. That’s the good news. Traditionally, July 4th is a big drinking day, so even with social distancing, for many around the nation, alcohol will be involved.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
#1 Know the signs of alcohol poisoning
Alcohol poisoning is the result of drinking too much alcohol in too little time. As a general rule, it’s best to avoid drinking more than one drink per hour. The consequences of alcohol poisoning are severe and can even be deadly. If you are with someone who has alcohol poisoning, do not let them sleep it off and do not leave them alone. Learn more about the signs of alcohol poisoning and what you should do.
#2 Plan ahead
If you are going out and plan to drink, make arrangements ahead of time with a driving service or a designated driver. Drink smartly. On average it takes your body one hour to process one standard drink, but it varies from person to person. Here are some proactive steps you can take to keep your blood alcohol level in a “safe” range.
For every drink, make sure you have a glass of water to help your body process the alcohol and stay hydrated.
Hold a drink and take sips. Don’t chug your drinks.
Eat a good meal before you go out. Snacking throughout the night can help lessen the effect of alcohol.
If you are hosting an event with alcohol, make sure that your guests have safe ways to get home. Never allow anyone to drive home intoxicated. You may be held liable if they leave your house and get into an accident. Either find them a ride home or let them stay the night at your house.
#3 Don’t drive while under the influence
This is pretty basic, but it’s a good reminder. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), drugs are present in 43% of drivers that are involved in fatal car crashes. A high percentage have both alcohol and another drug in their system.
Stay safe by finding an alternative to driving under the influence. Call for a ride. Ask a sober friend for a ride. Stay the night if it’s safe. But don’t drive under the influence.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!