Holiday parties abound between now and the year’s end, and that means police around Wisconsin will be busy with drunk driving arrests. Madison alcohol counselor Janet DuBerry sees too much emphasis on getting “toasted.”
“For example with Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t sit down at the dining table and eat as much as you can, as fast as you can. But, people do that with alcohol, thinking it’s going to increase the pleasurable effects. And it doesn’t.”
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DuBerry says what it DOES lead to are fights, embarrassing situations, and potentially an OWI arrest. “This is the time or year when people give themselves permission to celebrate, and part of that celebration in Wisconsin, unfortunately, is excessive drinking,” says DuBerry. “That is why we see the rise in arrests occur this time of year.” Her advice: take a cab.