It is common for people to consume alcohol on holidays; even if you do not drink, you could experience the after-effects of those who do.

Although people tend to drink more on holidays than on average days, alcohol consumption tends to vary by holiday. Keeping that in mind, there are some things you should be aware of before getting on the road after fireworks this year.

People’s alcohol consumption can vary by holiday

For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate our nation’s freedom. You probably have a good time, whether you celebrate by going to a party, camping in a national park or grilling at home. Statistics suggest you probably have some drinks as well.

While alcohol consumption various across holidays, there are some things you might want to consider about drinking over the Fourth this year. These include:

  • On average, people consume 3.8 alcoholic beverages on the Fourth of July
  • As opposed to 24% of women, 33% of men binge drink on the Fourth
  • Holiday drinking can increase your safety risk on the road

Although Independence Day is not the most dangerous, or most alcohol-consuming holiday, there is an increased chance that you will share the road with people whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is over the legal limit. And in some cases, you might find yourself facing drunk driving charges.

No matter how much fun you plan to have this Fourth, you should remain safe when you head home. And if you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), be sure to learn about your options for protecting your future.