This month many of us will enjoy festive holiday parties. Maybe you will be the one hosting the party. You’ve probably got an image in your head about what the party looks like, who is there and what you will serve. Perhaps champagne toasts or eggnog will be involved. Maybe you know that some of your guests will even share a couple of joints. Have you thought about how people will get home safely after your party? In addition to all of the holiday events in December, there will also be nearly 30 deaths due to alcohol or drug related car crashes every day.
While you may not be the one driving home from your party impaired by alcohol or drugs, your gathering could become one of the statistics and, unintentionally, part of the problem. News and coverage about alcohol related or drug related accidents focus, rightly, on the victims whose lives are irrevocably changed and the loss their family members suffer. But how would you feel if you were in any way responsible for a death or severe injury? What if you were the one driving the car home from someone else’s party? Would you be able to forgive yourself? I don’t think I would. Unfortunately, the victims probably wouldn’t be able to forgive you either. (more…)