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Stay safe on Saint Patrick’s Day this year

by Kaitlyn Conrad/Photo & Web Editor

Fresh beer with froth, isolated on white

Taking precautions on Saint Patrick’s day will help you have a safe and fun holiday.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish for a day, sporting green all day long and possibly be downing a beer at 10 in the morning. Monday, Mar. 17 is the day we celebrate this cultural and religious holiday. This day is named after Saint Patrick, who is the most commonly recognized patron saints of Ireland.

Going out drinking, while fun, can be very dangerous. The Navigator News encourages safe and legal drinking practices and habits. There are many ways that one can have a great time drinking an alcoholic beverage while being safe.

One of the most important things is to never drive impaired, and never let your friends drive if you think they are impaired.  Impaired driving is one of America’s deadliest problems. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 there were 37,023 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes. Out of that 14,467 fatalities happened in traffic crashes that involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Find a safe way home before any festivities begin.

Be cautious of the roads. Just because you are not driving intoxicated does not mean there are others who are doing the same. Keep your awareness level as high as you can.

Drinking on an empty stomach is a good way to end Saint Patrick’s Day festivities a lot earlier than planned. Getting some nutrients in your systems will help absorb the alcohol.

Drinking enough water will help prevent a next day hangover. Since Saint Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year, many of us have work and classes the next day.

Take out the amount of cash you wish to spend before any alcohol touches your lips and stick to that amount. Leave your credit and debit card at home. No one wants a surprising low bank account after all the festivities have ended.

If you choose not to drink in celebration of this day, avoid roads as much as possible. Use caution when driving, for those wearing green crossing the street or other unsafe drivers on the road.

No matter your gender, watch your drink while you are out. You never know who could add a roofie (more scientifically known as flunitrazepam) to your drink and take advantage of you.

There are many other ways to stay safe but the most important thing to do is to use your head and be smart about who you are with and were you go.

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