The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is famously a big travel day in the United States. It is also a very popular time to get drunk.
Widely known as “Drinksgiving” or “Blackout Wednesday,” Thanksgiving eve, the start to a long weekend, has become a popular drinking day. There is a huge spike in beer and liquor sales, according to restaurant monitor Upserve. They say that beer sales increase by 270% and liquor sales go up by 113% that night, compared to the week prior. Compare that to an increase of food sales of only 28%.
This phenomenon is coupled with one of the biggest travel weeks of the year. The AAA says that 55 million people are making plans to travel more than 50 miles the week of Thanksgiving this year. The highest amount of traffic will slow the roads on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving.
More drinking and more traffic. That means that the day before Thanksgiving is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. In 2017, there were more than 500 traffic fatalities during the week of Thanksgiving, according to the NHTSA, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA says this week, more than ever, it is important to take extra care: safe speeds, no distractions, wear a seatbelt and drive sober.
This also means that police presence will be at the maximum on the roads. Unfortunately, there will also probably to be a huge uptick in DUI arrests, just as there have been in years past. We recommend that if you choose to drink, you avoid last minute runs for extra cranberry sauce. And if you go out, find a safe way to get home.
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