MADD offers tips for safe holiday celebrating

| November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Al Brown
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center 

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — Whether the ideal vision of holiday gatherings involves families gathered around a table feasting on delicious delicacies or good friends donning special holiday attire, parties that lack proper planning inadvertently welcome a dangerous guest to the holiday festivities: risk. 

“We see too many stories during the holidays where celebrating turns sour because of bad decisions people make,” said Dr. Patricia LeDuc, director, Combat Readiness/Safety Center Human Factors Task Force. “The happiness of gatherings can be offset by stress and other factors that might lead to arguments, accidents and sometimes a visit from law enforcement, turning a happy holiday time into a not-so-happy time.” 

Mitigating risk at holiday parties means having a good plan and being a good host, according to officials at Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A responsible party host not only ensures all guests have a good time, but also works diligently to keep friends and family safe.

MADD offers several tips to help plan safe holiday parties: 

  • Hosts should have low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks available and serve plenty of food such as vegetables, cheese and dips, so people don’t consume alcohol on empty stomachs. 
  • Activities like party games and door prize drawings are a great way to engage people and make for less active consumption of alcohol. 
  • Hosts should identify designated drivers in the group and offer them fun “mocktails.” 

More information on safe celebrating and many other fall and winter safety topics is available online at, under the Fall/Winter Safety Campaign tab.


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