St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday recognized throughout the world originally rooted in the celebration of Saint Patrick of Ireland. However, this holiday has spun itself into a celebration for many things, celebrated by many different individuals. These individuals come from all walks of life, not just those who are Irish. These celebrations come in a variety of forms, from something as harmless as wearing green clothes to more dangerous activities like binge drinking. Many know the phrase that “numbers don’t lie” and if that’s to be believed, then St. Patrick’s Day is no laughing matter when it comes to the dire consequences resulting from this holiday and the choices many intoxicated individuals make during their celebration of St. Patrick.
St. Patrick’s Day & Drinking Infographic
Statistics show that 13 million pints of Guinness beer will be consumed on St. Patrick’s Day and what’s more alarming is that approximately every 1.25 hours, a life will be claimed due to alcohol-related car crashes on this holiday. From 2011-2015, 252 casualties resulted from drunk drivers on St. Patrick’s Day. Of these fatal car crashes, an enormous 75% of them involved drivers who had consumed 2 times the legal limit of alcohol!
As it can be seen, alcohol-related offenses such as drunk driving DO NOT discriminate against any individual. Many throughout the world are tragically affected by St. Patrick’s Day regardless of their nationality, religion, size, gender, wealth, etc. We all have a vested interest and duty to keep our communities safe with Saint Patrick’s Day coming up! Therefore, it is imperative that we do our best to eliminate the dire consequences that routinely result from a holiday that was traditionally meant to celebrate St. Patrick from Ireland in the best of ways with the most positive intentions, not in intoxicated fashion with tragic results.
Learn more about how SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring can help keep the community safe this St. Patrick’s Day.