St. Patrick's Day Alcohol Safety
With St. Patrick's Day approaching this upcoming weekend, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone to enjoy their green beverages responsibly.
A drink means:
- 341 ml (12 oz.) bottle of 5% alcohol beer, cider or cooler
- 142 ml (5 oz.) glass of 12% alcohol wine
- 43 ml (1.5 oz.) serving of 40% distilled
Below are some tips for you to consider to keep yourself healthy and safe.
- Set limits for yourself and abide by them.
- Keep can tabs/bottle caps to keep track of how many drinks you've had.
- Drink slowly. Have no more than 2 drinks in any 3 hours.
- For every drink of alcohol, have one non-alcoholic drink.
- Fill your stomach with food before reaching for your first cold one. Food slows down the absorption of alcohol in the stomach, thus reducing peak alcohol levels and the feeling of intoxication.
- Always consider your age, body weight and health problems that might suggest lower limits.
- Don't mix alcohol with medication. People taking certain prescription medications or depressant drugs, such as sleeping pills or tranquilizers, should avoid adding alcohol to the mix, as the results could be deadly. Even the combination of alcohol and small amounts of cannabis or over-the-counter antihistamines (cold or allergy medicines) could make a person dangerous behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Remember to enjoy responsibly and don't drink and drive.