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Don’t become a drunken driving casualty this New Year’s

December 26, 2018

Christmas might be over, but the festivities are far from over. New Year’s Eve is less than a week away, and it’s one of the biggest party days of the year. It’s also a prime time for drunken driving, and the National Insititue on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has some tips for keeping yourself, and guests, safe and sober at the holidays.

Offer a variety of nonalcoholic drinks: Stock up on water, juices, sparkling sodas and other alcohol-free bevs. Nonalcoholic drinks help counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Also, the other fluids may slow the rate of alcohol absorption into the body and reduce the peak alcohol concentration in the blood.

Provide a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Food can slow the absorption of alcohol and reduce the peak level of alcohol in the body by about one-third. It can also minimize stomach irritation and gastrointestinal distress the following day.

Help your guests get home safely. Use designated drivers and taxis. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car should not have any alcohol.

If you are a parent, understand the underage drinking laws—and set a good example.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three were 3.34 deaths per 100,000 people related to impaired driving in Connecticut in 2017. Nationwide, it ranked 25th among the states for impaired driving deaths that year. Wyoming had the highest rate, at 7.60 deaths per 100,000 people, and New Jersey had the lowest, at 1.38 deaths per 100,000.

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