Holidays and Drinking


As fall looms just ahead and schools go back in session, the holiday season is not far away. For many people, a festive day is an occasion to celebrate with friends and family, and people love to relax with food and drink. While almost every official holiday comes with a statistical increase in driving deaths related to alcohol, some are worse than others. The end of summer weekend around Labor Day is linked to a sharp increase in deaths on the road due to a number of factors including summer road trips, students going off to college, and a three-day weekend for people to celebrate.

Un-holidays and Driving Deaths

Among the days of the year that show a statistical increase in drinking and driving, it is the day of a championship sports event that has one of the highest rates of drunk driving deaths of all. While not on the calendar as a holiday, the biggest football game of the year is traditionally associated with a 41% increase in car crash fatalities across the country. Fortunately, many of the other unofficial holidays that are often marked with celebrations that may include drinking, from Halloween to St. Patrick’s Day, tend not to have a significant increase in drunk driving crashes. One reason may be that many revelers on these days think ahead and share a ride or call a cab to avoid the risks of increased law enforcement looking for drunk drivers on those days.

Drinking and Driving on the Holidays Statistics