This is the season to be jolly, to have a merry old time with friends and family and to partake in the festive spirit that is so symbolic of this time of the year. However, just as there is the chance to let loose and have fun at this time of the year, there is also a big chance of being responsible for yourself and others. So let’s talk about a few basic things you should always keep in mind when out for a fun time with family, colleagues and friends and ways to drink responsibly during the holidays.

Plan Ahead

The person with the plan always has the upper hand. This rule applies to all situations in life. If you plan ahead for a scenario, then you are much less likely to be taken by surprise by anything that might happen. So when you are making plans for an evening with the boys from work or with that special someone, always make sure you have a plan in place for what you are going to do as your evening progresses. If you are drinking, then stay sober enough to drive. If you are too drunk, then call a cab or have a designated driver who does not drink. Many bartenders will not serve you more drinks if you already have had more than a few. In this situation, it is best to take the cue and return home.

Be Alert

We know that being drunk and being alert are contradictory things, but still, if you pay even a marginal amount of attention to yourself and your surroundings, you should be able to handle most situations with ease. The trick is – moderation in excess. Always be aware of what is going on inside you, whether you feel okay to drive or whether your friends are in a much better situation than you to do it. Don’t drink too much or drive too fast, obey traffic rules and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt. If you follow the standard on road safety protocols, then you should be more than ready to handle most scenarios.

Be Smart

Avoid conflict at all costs when you are drunk. If you get stopped by the police, comply with their every request. Many of our clients get arrested for DUIs, and we always advise them to call us before talking to the police. However, it is best to avoid the situation altogether by simply arranging transportation to your residence. So, be smart, stay within the confines of the law, and enjoy yourself with your near and dear ones.

If you follow our advice on this, then the holidays should be a great time for you. In case you do happen to need legal help, remember to get in touch with us at Brian Walker Law Firm and rest assured you are going to be in the safest hands. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!