Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Everyone should be familiar with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He is the ninth and youngest of Santa Claus’s reindeer. Rudolph uses his luminous red nose to lead the reindeer team and guide Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. Though Rudolph initially receives ridicule for his nose as a fawn, the brightness of his nose is so powerful that it illuminates the team’s path through harsh winter weather.

Today, driving lit has a new meaning. Lit is slang term that means “the state of being so intoxicated that all the person can do is smile, so that they look lit up like a light”. Although Rudolph saves Christmas with his bright red nose, driving lit can have devastating results.

The temptation to drink is so strong during the holidays that even people who are moderate consumers of alcohol tend to increase their drinking rates. Not only do people drink more, but there are more cars out on the roadway, more people driving late at night, and in bad winter weather. This increase in consumption is not only due to holiday parties. For many, loneliness, stress and economic difficulty can lead to seasonal binge drinking.

This is the season of giving, so give yourself and others the gift of safer roads by driving sober over the holidays. Remember, only Rudolph should drive lit for the holidays.