Parades, festivals, and all things green. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest party holidays of the year! So pop the champ, uncork the wine, and let the libations flow. Irish or not, there’s nothing wrong with letting loose and kicking back a few, especially when shamrocks are involved. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good party? Right. Even better when there’s actual cause for celebration. But a good party can easily turn sour if you’re not careful. So don’t try your luck…please drink responsibly.

Know your limit. This also means knowing when to quit. Everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol and you should know yours before consuming any type of alcoholic beverage. Also, moderation is key people. There’s really no need to binge drink on St. Patty’s Day, or any day for that matter. Your liver will thank you later.

Another thing, be sure to grub before you chug. Eating a proper meal before or during drinking can help you avoid those nasty hangovers the next day. Snack on meats, cheeses, or nutrient dense foods like fruit, vegetables and whole grains to prevent sickness.

But more importantly, and this should go without saying, but we’re saying it anyway…Don’t Drink and Drive! Ever! If you plan on partaking in some of the festivities with alcohol in hand, then secure a designated driver. Uber also works wonders! It’s never okay to drink and drive. Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.

So, if you’re the hostess with the mostest who orchestrated the festivities, then you may want to stock up on some extra pillows and blankets and allow your guests to stay the night. Whatever it takes, just please don’t get behind that wheel.

Last, but certainly not least, it’s always helpful when you know exactly what it is that you’re drinking. Don’t be that guy, or girl blindly sipping. Know what’s in your cup, at all times, and always choose quality over quantity. Good quality wines, and top shelf liquor will less likely leave you with a hangover the next day.

Remember, drinking responsibly not only ensures your safety, but others as well. From our family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers