Are you dreading Thanksgiving dinner with contentious relatives or competitive in-laws determined to one-up everyone with their deviled eggs? Or maybe it’s your first holiday without the kids and you’re looking to lift your spirits with a few bottles or cocktails.
Either way, the night before Thanksgiving has developed the moniker “Drinksgiving” after it became the bar owners’ biggest cash cow of the year. It seems you’re not the only one with the idea of hoisting some cold ones on Thanksgiving Eve.
How it arose as one of the most alcohol-soaked holidays
Some blame the college kids. Let loose for their first holiday after heading off to university, they return in packs. They’re eager to swap stories with high school friends and ready to party down the night before they sit down at the table groaning with good foods that absorb all that leftover alcohol in their bloodstreams.
The cops know all about Drinksgiving, too
Before you kick up your heels too high and throw all caution to the wind, understand that the risk of getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) is enhanced right now. Police departments across the country typically get additional funding during the winter holidays to combat drunk and drugged driving in their communities.
And while you may think that you are safe to drive, your blood alcohol level could tell quite a different story. It’s better to prearrange a sober driver or order a rideshare than it is to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Don’t ruin your Thanksgiving with an arrest. If you do get locked up for DUI, it’s wisest to protect yourself by asserting your right to remain silent when questioned by the police until you can obtain experienced legal guidance.