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Play it Safe with Booze for Christmas

Follow healthy limits if consuming alcohol over christmas

Do you drink around the holidays? Do you have some wine, beer, or liquor during Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Do you do any traveling around the holidays? Do you ever think about how dangerous the holidays can be? If you're planning on indulging in a cup of cheer this holiday season, you'd definitely should not be driving afterwards. The holiday season typically sees at least a 10-percent increase in drunk or impaired driving, which can lead to Christmas tragedies. In New Jersey last year, for example, there were at least 152 deaths from accidents that involved driving under the influence of alcohol. If you've got a problem with drinking, keep these tips in mind:

•Appoint a designated driver who will remain sober. Or, get a cab so nobody from the party has to drive.

•Avoid drinking too much. It can be easy to forget your limits when you're celebrating, but remember that the human body can only metabolize one drink per hour.

•Drink plenty of water while at your party.

Even better yet, you should seek treatment if you think you have a drinking problem. There's no better way to kick the habit than a good program of treatment. Don't ruin the holidays this year-get clean instead. Keep in mind the warning signs of alcohol dependence: ignoring responsibilities at work, home or school because of alcohol; consumption in times when it's physically dangerous; problems with the law because of drinking; continuing consumption even in the face of obvious problems; and the dependence on alcohol to reduce stress or relax.


Do you think that you might have a drinking problem? Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you stopped drinking? Call Retreat’s alcohol hotline. Pennsylvania is a tranquil setting for you to work through your addiction at a drug and alcohol addiction center. Call Retreat at Lancaster County to hear how Lancaster PA drug and alcohol rehabilitation center can help you stop drinking and reclaim your life. We're conveniently located close to OH, PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, and CT, and we can arrange transportation for you.


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