Henderson Insurance wants you to have a safe and happy Christmas and New Years, so please don’t drink and drive!

The holidays are the perfect time to take a bit of a break from the stress of work and reconnect with family, friends and coworkers socially. Whether you are hosting or attending, make sure that you plan ahead so that every party ends as well as it starts.

Here are some tips to make sure you have a happy and still festive season!

Designate a Driver

The safest choice when driving is to not drink at all. If you plan to drink, have a designated driver who agrees not to drink and is responsible for driving you and others home.

How Much is Too Much?

If you choose to drink responsibly, how do you know if you are overdoing it? Use the simple one-to-one rule: have one standard drink per hour. A standard drink is defined as:

  • One 12-ounce beer
  • One 5-ounce glass of wine
  • One mixed drink with 1.5 ounces of liquor

Remember, personal tolerances vary, so it is up to you to know your safe limit and stick to it!

Be a Good Host

If hosting a party, you do not need to serve alcohol to make your party merry. From sparkling punches to mulled cider, there are many festive, non-alcoholic beverages to offer your guests. If serving alcohol, always measure the amount of alcohol mixed into drinks and punches so guests can gauge how much they are consuming. In addition, stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.

If someone overindulges, it is your responsibility as the host to keep him or her from driving. Arrange for a ride with a safe driver, or offer the person a place to stay. In addition, remember that black coffee, a cold shower or fresh air may make a person feel more awake, but it will not help him or her overcome the effects of alcohol. Time is the only way to sober up.

Enjoy your holidays! The whole staff at Henderson Insurance looks forward to working with you in 2018.