Like pretty much every holiday, the Los Angeles area has no shortage of things to do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or strictly for grown ups, LA’s got you covered. While there are celebrations you can bring your children to, let’s face it – St. Patrick’s Day is the drinking holiday of the year, followed by Cinco de Mayo and with honorable mentions going to 4th of July, Labor Day and Memorial Day. That being said, here are some St. Patrick’s Day safety tips from the LAPD designed to help keep you and yours out of trouble this holiday weekend.
- Don’t go to the festivities alone. This is an oft-overlooked but very important tip. Drinking loosens a person’s inhibitions, and some more than others. If you’re going to go out to celebrate, go with friends and remember to stay together – there’s safety in numbers.
- Eat something before consuming alcoholic beverages. Most of us at one point or another have consumed alcohol on an empty stomach. If you haven’t, then know that it’s a surefire way to get too drunk, too quick. You should always eat a meal before you plan to go out and drink. With all the awesome Irish food available this weekend, there’s really no reason not to.
- Don’t leave your drink alone. This bit of sage advice is an oldie but goody. If you have to use the restroom or leave your drink for any reason, make sure you have a friend to watch it for you (because you didn’t go out alone, right?).
- The final tip, obviously, is do not drink and drive, and don’t get in the car with a driver who has been drinking. There are a ton of ride services available nowadays, as well as old mainstays like taxis or public transportation. If you consume alcohol, don’t drive.
These are just a few of the many tips available from law enforcement designed to keep the public informed. No matter what you choose to do, remember to do it safely and responsibly, and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day.