Tradition says that Patrick, a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland, died on March 17 in Downpatrick, Ireland. Since then, many legends have been told about Patrick, and the day is associated with unbridled revelry.
Unfortunately, as is the case with many celebratory days, like Super Bowl Sunday or New Year’s Day, fatalities caused by drunk drivers are increased. As such, we would like to remind everyone who will be celebrating to stay safe. Here are some tips that are applicable for St. Patrick’s Day or any other festive days:
1. Don’t just drink, eat. Whether you want to stuff your face with corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, or some plain old green cupcakes, nutrients from the food (maybe not so much the cupcakes) will absorb the alcohol much better. So avoid listening to Mr. way-too-much-makeup Leprechaun who has “brew for breakfast” and get some good grub.
2. Also, drink. But not just alcohol. Water intake is very important in preventing morning after hangovers. If you want to go to your office the next day without clover leafs stuck in your hair, keep a bottle of H2O with you at all times. The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake may also be available on March 18th, but we can’t attest to its curative properties.
3. Planning is everything. More often than not, people get behind a wheel while impaired when they are stuck. Do not get stuck. Designate a driver, call a cab beforehand, or ask your local police if they are offering a St. Patrick’s Day R.I.D.E. program.
4. Be circumspect of your surroundings. Unfortunately, many victims of motor vehicle accidents where the driver is impaired are the ones who are sober and responsible; be safe and alert.
There is always time for celebration, but celebrations can be contained. If Patrick died March 17, let us make sure everyone stays safe while commemorating it.