You may be surprised to learn that Thanksgiving Eve has another, unfortunate nickname (or two). Some call it “Drinksgiving,” while others prefer “Blackout Wednesday.” Both refer to the night before Thanksgiving, which happens to be the biggest night for bar sales of the year.
It’s also one of the top five holidays of the year that are known for alcohol consumption. Learn more about this unofficial holiday and how to avoid getting caught up in a drunk driving dragnet.
Why is it such a big drinking holiday?
There are a few reasons why Thanksgiving Eve has become such a major holiday involving drinking. Students away at university head home for the holiday, which typically involves a family gathering. So why not have a big blowout with all your hometown friends the night before?
The same goes for young couples eager to leave the kids with the grandparents for some free time at the local pub or club. The night before the big day has all the elements of a heady brew for those seeking a chance to get the party started a little bit early.
Family gatherings can be stress-inducing
Face it — the thought of sitting down at the dinner table with that cantankerous relative who always winds up arguing about politics or other hot-button topics can be enough to drive even teetotalers to drink. It’s understandable for people to opt to blow off a little steam by popping a top (or a few) the night before the big feast.
The police will be out in droves
But beware of those blue lights in your rearview mirror. Most police forces get extra funding around the winter holidays to put more police out in patrols specifically targeting those who drink and drive. Don’t worry; you can still have a good time and even get tipsy. Just make sure to arrange for a sober ride home.
If you do wind up arrested for drunk driving, it’s wisest to assert your right to remain silent until you speak to a defense attorney who can protect your rights.