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Learn: In 2016 Don’t Drink and Drive.


Holiday events, command parties, and New Year’s Eve, oh my! For Sailors and Marines alike, the end of the year always looks the same. Between Thanksgiving and the famous ball drop, it seems as though everything is on a steady decline; workflow, efficiency, and the healthy habits we have adopted throughout the year. Everything except the opportunity to party, that is. Lucky for us, we live in the era of endless transportation apps, which removes virtually any excuse to drink and drive, buzzed or otherwise.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, 2014) 31 percent of fatal car accidents are due to drunk driving. However, during the holiday season, that number can climb to nearly 40 percent. The good news about that staggering statistic is that these incidents are entirely preventable!

Here are a few tips to keep you safe this season.

Make arrangements beforehand.

If you are planning a night out on the town, setting up driving arrangements beforehand is best, as it limits last minute impaired decisions.

Stick to the plan.

The only thing better than having a plan is putting it in place. Instead of taking a car to your event, skip the driving altogether, and call for a taxi or passenger service to pick you up and drop you off.

There’s an app for that.

Living in the technological generation may be your best defense, so download one of those incredible rider apps before heading out! It is free (unlike a DUI) and most of the time it only takes 3 minutes for someone to arrive and take you to your next party place.

Know your limit.

Knowing your BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) might save your career, life, or the life of someone else. The amount of standard drinks listed below is the approximate amount of alcohol a 160-pound man would need to drink to reach the BAC percent.

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(National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2015)

BAC % (Blood Alcohol Concentration) Number of alcoholic Drinks    ​
.02% 2
.05% 3
.08% (Don’t blow it!)    ​ 4
.10% 5
 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2005)

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Like most horrible things in life, there is a general “it won’t happen to me” misconception about driving impaired. Not only will this cost you increased insurance rates, car damage, and likely your entire military career, it can cost someone their life. Think before you drink.​​​​