'Tis the season to be jolly? Sure, as long as you don't get carried away. Alcohol use increases dramatically during the holidays and can lead to serious heartache. Parties abound, and it becomes more acceptable to drink. However, most people don't realize that alcohol and drug use cause a higher rate of casualties during the holidays. Two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes during the holidays.
It doesn't take many drinks to be too many drinks. Most people are not aware of the effect alcohol has on decision-making ability, reaction time, and general behavior. Depth perception is greatly affected by alcohol. How many drinks can you have before safely driving? Ideally, NONE. Alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after your last drink. In fact, your judgment is impaired for several hours after you put down the last glass. Even the hangover the next day can impair your ability to drive.