St. Patrick’s Day has a long and often overlooked history – but let’s face it, most people recognize the day as one to party. Celebrating St. Patrick’s day can mean a great time for everyone, as long as responsibility plays a part in your celebration.
Here’s 5 tips to make the most out of the day (or likely night.)
- Make sure you have a designated driver, or plan for ride sharing service/taxi. Nothing will end the night of drinking and partying faster than a DUI or worse – crashing and killing people. Plan ahead, and be responsible.
- If you’re consuming alcohol, make sure you’re also drinking plenty of water, or at least non-alcoholic drinks. If you didn’t know, alcohol will dehydrate you all by itself; add to the mix dancing, walking, and other physical activities, and you may find yourself pretty dehydrated. This can lead to an unhappy next morning, or worse – a ride in the back of an ambulance before your night concludes.
- Take some time to eat something. You’ll surely be able to drink and party longer, as food may help offset some of the alcohol you’ll likely consume. Don’t want to eat, that’s okay – you’ll likely end your evening earlier than you thought.
- Not everyone will be a partygoer, barhop, drink, etc. Regardless of your plans for St. Patrick’s Day, ensure you’re a bit more careful if your on the roads; traveling, going to/from work, etc. This will be even more important if driving downtown in the cities where many people will likely be celebrating their love of shamrocks and the color green.
- Last but undoubtedly most important on the list: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. There’s no reason for any person who’s consumed alcohol to be getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Not only are you risking a trip to jail, mandatory license revocation, a lot more money than most people have saved up for court/fines/attorneys; but you’d literally be risking the lives of countless people on the road. Call a ride share service like Uber or Lyft, a taxi, friend or loved one, anyone really. Just don’t drive impaired!
With a healthy amount of responsibility, a little green, and just maybe a little luck of the Irish, you’ll have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!