Highway Patrols warns of over-drinking during holidays

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Holiday parties and celebrations tend to be a time for drinking alcohol. But, for those who do not regularly drink, they can end up in a sticky situation.

Many of the problems that holiday drinkers may encounter include an increase in travel over the holidays.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Jerad Sutton cautions drivers to be careful.

“With the increased travel, OVI’s do go up,” Sutton said.

He says they tend to forget an important detail while celebrating.

“They go out to have a good time with friends, and they end up making a poor decision of not designating a driver,” he said.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, moderate drinking is up to one alcoholic drink per day for women and up to two drinks for men. The suggested serving sizes are 12 ounces for beer, five ounces for wine and one and a half ounces for harder alcohols.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says binge drinking typically occurs after four drinks for women and five drinks for men—in about two hours.

Sutton said it is best not to play the numbers game, though.

“You don’t want to take a chance yourself of figuring out a formula of how much you drank versus your stomach content,” he said. “You’re setting yourself up for failure.”

He says that it’s OK to have fun during this time of year, but if you’re going to, think of others before getting behind the wheel.

“Every life matters, and it is important that you remember that and not be selfish and drink too much before you get behind the wheel and pull out on the roadway,” he said.

The percentage of OVIs rose 7 percent from last year, and fatalities involving alcohol jumped from 2 to 8 percent in Mahoning County.

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