Celebrate Your Irish Heritage Responsibly

Leprechauns, four leaf clovers, green beer.  What began as a holiday celebrating St. Patrick and the introduction of Christianity to Ireland is now a more secular celebration that observes Irish culture in general.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day would seem incomplete without dying anything and everything green, including beer.  This holiday also has a reputation for individuals to celebrate their Irish heritage (even if they aren’t Irish) by throwing back a few drinks.  Before you throw on your green suspenders and orange wig, make sure you take these St. Patty’s safety tips into account.

Eat.  Take a break from your Irish-themed beverages and take time to enjoy some Irish-themed food.  If corned beef and potatoes aren’t your favorite foods, at least get some nourishment in your system.  Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea.

Make plans ahead of time, especially concerning how you’ll be getting home.  If you’re hosting a party, make sure everyone has a safe ride home or offer them to spend the night.  Drinking and driving is not only dangerous for you, but for other drivers as well. (Not to mention that it could make your Wisconsin auto insurance prices soar!)

Drink plenty of water.  Drinking alcohol can actually lead to dehydration, so drinking water is important.  Plus it will decrease your chances of suffering from a March 18 hangover.

Enjoying holidays is fun, but safety should always be your first priority.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

-Sam

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