While fall has just tumbled its way through the air in Louisiana, the end-of-the-year holidays seem to arrive faster than you may like. The festive spirit often encourages the drinking of spirits, which can lead to encounters with law enforcement and a shiny new DUI for the holidays.

Alcohol.org sets out to understand why binge drinking becomes so prevalent during the holidays. Learn whether you may put yourself at unnecessary risk during the most wonderful time of the year.

More socializing

During the holidays, far-flung family members and friends often come home for a visit, which can lead to toasts and celebratory drinks. Offices may have holiday parties where employees do not have to worry so much about their professional image. In either instance, it is easy to get caught up and have “just one more drink.”

Loneliness and depression

Rather than look forward to your relatives visiting, you may exist in a perpetual state of dread. Some people use alcohol to make it through a trying visit from family members. On the other hand, others who do not have many family members or friends may fall into depression, relying on alcohol to help them endure the passing of the holidays.

Financial woes

Depending on your financial health, you may not have the means to buy gifts for all your friends and family this year. On the other hand, maybe you shopped early and already bought something for everyone, an act of generosity that ruined your budget for the next several months. Either scenario can have you reaching for the bottle to cope.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.