St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, if only because it offers a reason to kick back and celebrate with plenty of alcohol. It’s an especially great holiday this year, since it falls on a Friday. Bars throughout San Luis Obispo are sure to be packed with those who want to be Irish for a day, in addition to March Madness fans cheering on their favorite teams.
Though St. Patrick’s Day is fun for the Irish and Irish-at-heart alike, it can also be a dangerous holiday. Naturally, excessive drinking means driving home is out of the question. But the dangers go far beyond drunk driving. Here are some tips to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day safely this year:
Have a Plan in Place
If you are going out for the night, know how you’re getting home. Uber and other ride-sharing services will likely be pretty expensive that night, so if that’s your plan, budget for a rather hefty payment. Or, if you can, designate a driver to get everyone home. Finding a friend who will stay sober on St. Patrick’s Day may seem impossible, but never be scared to ask — they may do so in exchange for dinner or some other payment.
If going out and getting home safely seems like a logistical nightmare you’d rather not deal with while you’re inebriated, have a party at home. Invite all your friends over, have a great time, then let your guests stay the night. If you do go out and are the designated driver, take to the roads carefully. Watch out for drunk drivers, as well as pedestrians who decided to walk home.
Stay with Your Buddy
You should never go out to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day alone. Having a friend watch your back (and vice versa) can literally be a lifesaver. Make sure you are both eating and drinking enough non-alcoholic fluids to enjoy the full night. Overindulging, especially on an empty stomach, is an easy way to pass out or even get alcohol poisoning.
If you or your friend needs to step away, such as going to the bathroom, make sure the other person is watching the drinks. It’s way too easy to slip drugs into an unattended beer or cocktail. If you get another drink, make sure it comes straight from the bartender or your friend. Never accept an opened drink from someone you don’t know. You may seem prudish, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Two last tips: First, when you go out for St. Patrick’s Day, you should never carry more than you absolutely need: an ID, your credit card or cash and your phone. Bringing valuables, even excessive jewelry or a nice handbag, makes you a target for would-be thieves. Second, never let a friend drive home drunk. If they seem like they’re about to drive after too many beers, take their keys and find another way for them to get home.
St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect night to get dressed up in green (so you don’t get pinched!), go out with friends and knock back the drinks. But, it’s also an easy night to get injured. If you are injured in San Luis Obispo on St. Patrick’s Day or any other time, call the attorneys at Ernst Law Group for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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