St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and if you are planning to honor the day by wearing a bit o’ green or hoisting a pint you’re not alone. Surveys show that more than half of Americans over 18 plan to actively celebrate the holiday, and for many that includes downing an alcoholic beverage (green or otherwise).
The trend of boozing it up in honor of St. Patrick’s Day is a fairly modern trend in the holiday’s thousand-year history, but it is one that many people embrace. More than 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed across the globe on St. Patrick’s Day (up from about 5 million per day normally), and nearly a third of U.S. adults plan to attend a party in a bar or restaurant. In many cities drinking starts in the early morning and doesn’t peak until after 8 p.m.
It’s no wonder, then, that alcohol-related crashes and dangerous cases of binge drinking spike on St. Patrick’s Day and in the early hours of the following day. So before you head out for a pint, take a few minutes to check out this infographic that highlights the unlucky truth about St. Patrick’s Day, binge drinking, and drunk driving. Share the infographic, and see below for options to view, print, or embed it on your own site.