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Tips for drinking, and driving safely

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More people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year.

The time between Christmas and New Year's, two to three times more Americans die in alcohol-related crashes than during the same time-frame during the rest of the year, according to statistics.

40 percent of traffic fatalities during the December holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 28 percent for the rest of December.

It is quite simple to underestimate alcohol's long-lasting effects. Several of us believe that they are able to drive safely once they stop drinking.

In actuality, alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long following the last drink has been downed. Even after the drinking as stopped alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream, which can impair judgment and coordination long after drinking as ceased.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you choose to drink:

Pace yourself. Have no more than two per hour., ideally know more than one.

Have "drink spacers" -- make every other drink a nonalcoholic one.

Make plans to get home safely. Either arrange for a friend to be a designated driver or find a taxi by using this website - all that is needed is to enter city and state to search by.

Please drink responsibly and drive safely. Happy Holidays.

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