Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Safely!

While in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a religious holiday, here in North America the day is about drinking and wearing a whole lot of green. While it's a fun holiday to celebrate with friends, the fun ends when you get caught in a potentially life-threatening position.

Here are some tips that don't rely on the luck of the Irish that will get you from A to Z safely on St. Patrick's Day.

Plan ahead to get home safe or set up an alternative


Whether you're walking or driving to an event, make sure you have the plans set out ahead of time. Make sure you know the route before you leave and if you plan on going home, let one of your friends know so they can call you to make sure you got back safely. If you plan on getting a ride, set the plans ahead with a friend who has agreed to be the designated driver. If you are the chosen driver, remember that your friends are your responsibility. Make sure they get from your car to their front door safely.

If you or none of your friends want to be the designated driver, arrange for a cab or some bus fare to get back home or a place where you can crash for the night.

Eat and stay hydrated

Make sure that you eat well and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Alcohol can dehydrate you quickly. Drinking on an empty stomach means there are no nutrients in your system to absorb the alcohol. Drinking water in between alcohol can help you stay hydrated and decrease the likelihood of a hangover the day after.

Leave valuables at home

Have your phone handy and some money in your pocket and you'll be good to go. It's hard to remember where things are when you are inebriated. Set a limit on how much you are planning to spend on alcohol, food and transportation ahead of time.

Be aware of your surroundings, use the buddy system and stay by your drink at all times

Even if you are not drinking alcohol that day, don't make it easy for someone to put something in your drink. Keep it with you at all times and don't let anyone top it off. Be with a friend at all times and make sure that you all leave together and safely. Do not, under any circumstances, leave friends behind.

Be cautious on the road

While you may stay responsible throughout the holiday, not everyone else is the same as you. Take caution when on the road, whether you're a pedestrian or driver. If you think someone has been drinking, don't let them get inside their car. Offer to call a cab or offer to drive them home as an alternative. Your awareness level should be high on this day.

If you are hosting the party...

  • Host responsibly. Keep extra cash on hand for friends who need a cab ride home.
  • Collect everyone's keys and keep them at a safe place. Only give the keys to the designated driver at the end of the night.
  • Provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and food options for your guests.
  • Set some sleeping arrangements for people who are planning to stay over.

From all of us at Erin Mills Acura, we wish you and yours a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Erin Mills Acura is located inside the Erin Mills Auto Centre in Mississauga, ON.

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