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The winter holiday season is packed with all kinds of limited-time beers and is the best time of year for beer lovers. Whether you enjoy a dark stout, a hoppy porter, or you are trying your hand at a seasonal home brew, there is a flavor profile for all palates. However, it is always wise to keep in mind that beer is still alcohol, and micro or home brews may have a much higher alcohol content than your traditional domestic variety. Drink responsibly this holiday season, don’t fall victim to the misconception that it is okay to drive after drinking “only beer.” Here at Draeger, we have compiled a guide for you to make the most out of your craft beer wonderland while maintaining safety and fun for all.

It’s Not “Just Beer”

There is a common misconception that there is less alcohol in beer than other alcoholic beverages, therefore it is still safe to drive. However, this is not the case. According to Udemy, one 12-ounce beer has the same alcohol content of a 5-ounce glass of wine or a mixed drink that contains a single shot of hard liquor in it. Many craft beers often have a higher alcohol content, with a stout coming in around 8-9% and the traditional “well beers” (think popular brands) coming in at only 4-5%. Not all beer is created equal, and it certainly can get you as intoxicated as wine or liquor. Even if you consume only 1 beer, you can still get a DUI or cause an accident. Avoid the fallout—banish the misconception.

Plan Your Ride

It may sound like a simple enough step to take, but many people end up driving after drinking due to poor planning and judgment. With the impaired judgment that always accompanies alcohol consumption, people will often opt to drive themselves home when they have failed to plan an alternative ride. Before going out to a bar or a friend’s house, always be sure to plan how you will get home. Consider your public transit options by checking bus or subway schedules or checking the availability of cab services. Apps for ride services is also a great option. Many communities have free ride services for people who are going out to drink and need a ride home—simply contact a few of your local bars to gain information on these programs. If you have a designated driver, this person should abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages.

Plan Your Consumption

It may sound like a bit of a downer but planning how much you are expecting to drink can greatly reduce your chances of getting overly intoxicated or driving under the influence. If you are planning on driving anywhere the next morning, understand that alcohol levels can continue to rise in your blood for up to three hours after your last drink, according to Ask About Alcohol.

Remember, the holidays are a joyous time to be together with family, friends and loved ones. Here at Draeger, we want you to get the most out of your holiday season by enjoying some fantastic seasonal brews and staying safe. If you follow our guidelines for avoiding a DUI during the holidays, you will be sure to enjoy yourself and avoid driving after consuming alcohol. Why risk getting a DUI or the lives of yourself and others? With a little planning, your holidays will be bright and worry-free!

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