Enjoy a Safe and Sober St. Patrick’s Day

March is here, and so is the annual St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention reminds parents to use this holiday to talk to your teens about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs and the importance of safe driving.

Adults planning to go out and party this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day should take care to drink responsibly. There are those who look forward to the month of March so they can have an excuse to get drunk celebrating the Irish heritage. While binge drinking occurs throughout the year, St. Patrick’s Day is certainly one of the more common days on which people get drunk.

Recent statistics portray the seriousness of the issue, and drinkers should be aware. Newly released data show that when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, drinking violations among previous offenders are more than double what they are for a mid-week holiday.

Americans have shown an increased occurrence of binge drinking in recent years, according to Gary Pearce, Executive Director of Talbot Partnership. About 85,000 deaths a year are connected to alcohol abuse, with half of those related to binge drinking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Many drink to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but parents, make sure that your teen knows where you stand on the issue of underage drinking and drinking and driving. Have a zero tolerance policy, and make sure that your teen is safe on our highways. Not only is underage drinking illegal, it’s also very dangerous.

For further information on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067. Please also visit our website at www.talbotpartnership.org or find us on Facebook.