This time of year, everyone seems to be dusting off old traditions as they begin to celebrate the holiday season. There is, of course, lots of family and friends, complete with turkey and all the fixings. Next comes ugly sweater parties, white elephant gift exchanges, company events, mistletoe and eggnog, and perhaps a Die Hard viewing. Finally, the year concludes with the ball dropping in Times Square.
Unfortunately, there are also other, darker traditions to this season: increases in drunk driving and alcohol misuse.
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day sees a dramatic increase in DUI offenses and other alcohol-related issues. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Share our Holiday Drinking and DUI infographic to raise awareness and help change these trends. The resources below provide more information on holiday drinking data and tips to help support sobriety this season.
The Impact of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Drinking
Updated for 2017, this infographic highlights the alarming increase in DUI offenses and alcohol-related issues during the holiday season. Help change the trend through awareness and vigilance this holiday season—forward this infographic to your colleagues, share it with your alcohol clients, or print and post it in your office.
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The stats are sobering: Drunk drivers are responsible for 40% of highway deaths that occur during the holiday season (Blackout Wednesday to January 2). The spikes in highway travel and drunk driving during this season make for a deadly combination:
SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring is helping communities address alcohol-impaired driving during the holidays. More than 90% of high-risk drunk drivers supervised with SCRAM said that their monitoring helped them stay sober during the holidays. Learn more about how SCRAM CAM is driving compliance, accountability, and assessment in drunk and impaired driving programs across the country.
Click below to download graphics to share on your social accounts, and check back for new graphics as the season continues.
Monitor, 24/7, the ones you’re most concerned about, and talk with your SCRAM CAM provider or program manager about any additional needs you have during the holiday period.
Every year, families around the country have their holiday joy shattered by drunk driving. Share these stories to drive awareness and change the trend on holiday DUIs and alcohol-involved crashes.
The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is meant to be a joyous time to celebrate with family and friends. Yet many of those celebrations include alcohol, and for those who are abstaining from alcohol, parties and gatherings can be especially challenging. In addition, visitors, family gatherings, extra expenses, and end-of-year pressures at work can lead to additional stress—and urges to drink.
But it is possible to enjoy the holidays alcohol-free:
Law enforcement agencies across the country will be running roadside sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season, including the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign organized by NHTSA. Here are some simple steps to get home safely from your holiday party or gathering:
Check back through the holiday season as we update with more data, resources, and information on holiday drinking and driving.