Drinking celebrations will be taking place all over Michigan with people toasting to the Irish, and, unfortunately, some will consider consuming as much alcohol as they can drink in a short period of time, which is known as binge drinking. This ritual has turned March 17 from a fun ethnic and religious holiday into one of the most alcohol-fueled days of the year.
“This is festive holiday certainly provides increased business, however it is the responsibility of our licensees to make sure that they do not over-serve their patrons,” said Andy Deloney, Chairman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC). “In addition to the health and social dangers of over serving, doing so is a violation with fines up to $1,000, with the possibility of a suspension or revocation of a license. If you’re not sure, don’t serve.”
Binge drinking occurs when a man consumes five or more drinks, or a woman consumes four or more drinks, in a short period of time. Because women metabolize alcohol less efficiently than men and usually have less body mass, they become more intoxicated with a comparable number of drinks (one drink is generally calculated as a 12 oz. bottle of beer or wine cooler, a 5 oz. glass of wine or 1.5 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits).
If you are going out to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, either in your local pub, a friend’s home, or hosting your own celebration, please remember the signs of intoxication, avoid binge drinking, and do not drive while intoxicated. Buzz driving is drunk driving, bring or provide a designated driver or call a cab if you have been drinking.
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