On March 17th, millions of people will adorn Shamrock-themed costumes and
ring in St. Patrick’s Day with green beer and corned beef. Enjoy
the festivities, but be mindful when engaging in revelry. For complicated
psychological and cultural reasons, national holidays tend to cause celebrants
to forego safety and good sense, as we reported last month in our piece, on
Valentine's Day safety tips.
Revealing St. Paddy's Day Statistics
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), "Americans celebrating
St. Patrick’s Day this year will spend on average $36.52 per person
on costumes, decorations [and] food." 24 million more, meanwhile,
will attend some party to celebrate the luck of the Irish.
All this partying means alcohol and lots of it. NBC News calls
March 17 "one of the most alcohol-fueled days of the year." The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention warns that over 40,000 people in the
U.S. die every year from binge drinking.
U.S. News puts the
numbers into perspective: "A reported 13 million pints of Guinness beer will be consumed on
St. Patrick's Day… St. Patrick's Day is the fourth-most
popular drinking holiday in the U.S., trailing New Year’s Eve, Christmas
and Independence Day." That's enough beer to "fill two Olympic-size
swimming pools... and still have enough left over to fill 642 4-by-5-foot
The bottom line: Limit your alcohol consumption. Designate a driver or
call a cab or a service like Uber or Lyft.
Decorate with Care
Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that falls from ladders, fires caused by candles and cuts from
the broken glass of ornaments are common, especially during holidays involving
lots of drinking. A ladder should be able to hold you and the weight of
the object. Never leave a candle unattended, and clean up debris immediately.
Be on the Alert for Hidden Alcohol
Traditional Irish meals are delicious, but many contain a surprising amount
of alcohol mixed in for flavor. Irish Beef and Stout Stew contains one
can of stout beer, for instance. Traditional Irish Cream Coffee contains
a surprising amount of Irish whiskey, the intensity of which may be masked
by the sweet taste.
Schedule Your Driving Time
The National Center for Statistics and Analysis reports that nighttime
accidents involving alcohol are “three times higher." Stay
off the roads after midnight. And, again, make use of services like Uber
to get home safely.
Watch Out When Donning Your Leprechaun and Shamrock Get Ups
An ill-fitting costume is no laughing matter. Masks impair vision and lead
to auto accidents and trip and fall incidents. Keep your Irish eyes smiling
by focusing on injury prevention.
Were you recently injured in a car crash? Call our
Washington D.C. auto accident attorneys for a free consultation about your potential case.