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December 23, 2012

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Northpointe Council, Inc. would like everyone to enjoy a very safe and happy holiday season. The holidays are times to socialize and celebrate, however the holidays can also bring increased pressures and stress. Whether it is traveling to be with family, doing last minute gift buying or any number of other things, most people feel some pressure during this time of year. This can be difficult for anyone, but can be especially challenging for those trying to maintain their sobriety from a drug or alcohol addiction.

The holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, in the United States, is the most dangerous season of the year for those trying to maintain their sobriety and for anyone driving on the public highways. During this holiday season, there are more alcohol-related traffic fatalities than any other time during the year. There are several reasons for this:

More people drink alcohol during the holidays due to numerous parties and other festivities.

Many holiday drinkers underestimate their level of impairment and drive when they should not.

The holidays are very busy and stressful. People are hurrying more than normal and winter road conditions make driving more dangerous. Add alcohol to this scenario and you have a recipe for disaster.

We strongly encourage people to follow these tips to help avoid alcohol-related accidents, injuries and fatalities: 

Resist the pressure to serve alcohol at every social event. Alcohol is not a necessary ingredient for holiday cheer. 

If you want to serve alcohol to your guests, be sure to offer nonalcoholic beverages as well. Make your guests feel as comfortable choosing a nonalcoholic beverage as they would in choosing alcohol. You can do this by putting nonalcoholic drinks in an easily accessible place and by asking guests what they would like to drink, instead of pointing them to the bar or handing them an alcoholic drink when they arrive. 

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