You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday but are you familiar with Black Out Wednesday? It’s the night before the Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving eve has become associated with heavy drinking due to the fact that very few people have work on Thanksgiving and often family and friends are in town. College students all over the country come home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, often hitting the town for a night of drinking. They get together with old high school friends in their hometowns and over indulge in alcohol consumption.
The day gets its name because folks are “blacking out”, which is memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication. In many parts of the country Blackout Wednesday is the most popular bar night of the year, ahead of both New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. Which leads to this night being one of the top drunk driving night of the year in some cities. Authorities report the day has become one of the deadliest nights of the year for young adults.
So whether you’re a participant or a parent of a college student home to party with friends please be extra safe. Even if you’re not drinking, the person in the other car may be drunk. If you don’t have a designated driver please contact a local provider to set up transportation for a safe night out.