Thanksgiving will soon be here. For a lot of people that means parades, football, food and family.
It probably also means a lot of beer, wine and liquor. The entire Thanksgiving weekend (starting with the Wednesday night before, which has been coined “Drunksgiving” by many local restaurants and bars) tends to be a big drinking holiday.
The average American doubles their alcohol consumption during the holidays
The winter holidays that run from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day are always big “drinking days.” There are even seasonal drinks that are built into the events (think eggnog and spiked cider, for example).
On Thanksgiving, binge drinking is particularly popular. Some 18.9% of women and 37.9% of men will drink four or more alcoholic beverages on that day.
Why do so many people indulge in drinking over this long holiday weekend? Theories abound, but here are some possibilities:
- High spirits: It’s a festive time of the year, and people are in the process of reconnecting for the winter ahead.
- Extra time: It’s hard to overindulge when you have to be at work the next day, and most people have busy lives. The extra day or two of free time at Thanksgiving gives them room to relax (and drink).
- Stress: Some people don’t genuinely enjoy being around a crowded house with extended family, but they go out of obligation. The alcohol may calm their nerves.
- Peer pressure: If everybody else is having a drink, someone who abstains or limits themselves may feel awkward — so they join in.
Whatever the reason that people drink over Thanksgiving, it’s bound to happen again this year. Be careful that you don’t end up drinking so much that you’re too impaired to drive — or have a backup plan ready to get home.
If you do make a mistake and end up charged with drunk driving, find out what defense options are available to you right away.