As you are planning for the food or gifts you’ll be bringing to your next holiday get-together, also plan for the drive home. Before you go to a party, decide who will be the designated driver.

How can blood alcohol content can affect your body? Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What can I do to prevent drinking and driving?

  • Talk to your young drivers and remind them about the importance of being alert for drivers who may be impaired (or distracted).
  • Make a plan before you go out, and teach young adults to do the same.
  • If you are hosting a party, remember:
    • Offer non-alcoholic beverages. See our summer and winter mocktail recipes.
    • Stop serving alcohol before the party ends.
    • Make sure all of your guests have a sober driver or plan to stay over.
    • Take away keys from an impaired driver.
    • Serve high-protein, low-salt snacks like meats and cheeses.
    • Remember that only time will decrease the amount of alcohol in a person’s system.

The realities of a DUI conviction

Consequences related to a DUI conviction may include:

  • A revoked driver’s license, a costly fine or a jail term.
  • Mandatory DUI treatment classes with drug testing.
  • Increased insurance rates.
  • A criminal record.
  • Attorney’s fees, plus time off work for court appearances.

Where to get help

If you or someone you love needs help for alcohol and substance use, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers support and a 24-hour referral service at 800-NCA-CALL (800-622-2255).

If you need to obtain referral information, get your patient records or schedule an appointment, call Behavioral Health Services at ChristianaCare at 302-320-2100.