‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving: If You Go Out, Stay Safe

By Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Times calls it “Black Wednesday” and Miller Lite refers to it as “Beersgiving.” Both are referring to the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, which has become for many people 21 and older one of the most popular nights of the year to go out and reconnect with friends from high school as they travel back to their hometowns. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Research for Miller Lite, over half of men ages 21-34 spend Thanksgiving Eve with friends.

While reconnecting with friends can be an important part of any holiday celebration, Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents want to remind everyone that celebration should always take a back seat to safety, and offer these reminders to make sure that no matter what happens Wednesday night, you can be thankful on Thanksgiving.

Leave your keys at home.

If you’re planning to raise a glass to show how thankful you are for your friends, do not drink and drive. Choose a designated driver (many states also offer DD services), take public transportation, walk, or call a taxi. Whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. When you get behind the wheel intoxicated, you’re not only endangering yourself and your passengers, you’re putting others on the road in danger.

Be a responsible host.

If you’re hosting friends and family for a Thanksgiving dinner or just for a get together while friends and family are in town and will be serving drinks, select a designated driver and call a local cab company to provide rides for your guests. You should also stop serving alcohol to guests a couple hours before the party ends, so that guest can sober up. If your party includes underage guests, consider using two different types of cups or different colors in order to distinguish alcoholic beverages from non-alcoholic. If someone underage is caught drinking at your party, as the host you are responsible and could face charges.

Don’t walk alone.

If you choose to walk home from a celebration, take a friend with you. Walking alone makes you a target for robbers and other attackers. You should also avoid areas that aren’t well lit or places with little or no foot traffic.

Watch your drink.

If you’re in a bar or at a party where you may not know all of the guests, never leave your drink unattended. Putting down a drink – even for a minute – gives those with ill intentions a chance to slip something in it. If you need to go to the restroom or step outside, hand your drink to a trusted friend.

Have a happy (and safe!) Thanksgiving holiday!

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