If you swear by the saying “liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” or “beer before liquor, never been sicker,” you may be stopping yourself from getting sick, but definitely not from getting yourself in trouble.
Keep reading for five important things we learned while attending the Alcohol Awareness event:
Arrive Alive: Drivers 21 and under must have a zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) when driving. Otherwise, they face:
- an immediate 24-hour license suspension, or a 30-day suspension and up to $500 in fines
- repeat offenders face greater consequences and longer license suspensions
LCBO: Alcohol purchased legally in Ontario is tested to ensure it meets Canada Food and Drug requirements. This does not apply to products that are purchased illegally, which could contain toxins and poisons.
Department of Public Safety: Walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings. It can be difficult to do this when you’re intoxicated.
Toronto Police Service: Any suspicious driving could be a sign of an impaired driver. Things to look out for:
- driving unreasonably fast or slow and at inconsistent speeds
- disregarding traffic control signs or signals
- driving with the windows open in very cold weather
Smart Serve: Provide a variety of food items while drinking, because eating food slows down the absorption of alcohol. Tip: avoid salty foods; they make people thirstier.
Stay safe this holiday season and have a great time!