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11.23.2010

Holiday Weekend Sip Tip

11.23.2010
When it comes to holidays involving alcohol, often termed 'alcoholidays,' your mind probably drifts to St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, or New Years Eve. Surprisingly, a study from the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center found that "Thanksgiving Eve" has taken over all other nights of the year for the most amount of alcohol consumed, particularly by underage drinkers. For many, this may be the first long break from college to return home and reunite with friends. To ease the transition, alcohol may be added to the mix as a bit of social lubricant. Older siblings may be returning to supply the booze to the underage drinkers, or there may just be a ready supply stocked in preparations for the holidays ahead. Regardless of the reasons surrounding it's title, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has earned the nickname of Black(out) Wednesday. You may choose to drink during the weekends at school, so returning home may appear as a chance to show your friends your newly acquired drinking skills/games/tolerance/etc. Remember, people change and so do social situations. Friends that could previously keep up with each others drinking habits may be in drastically different places after three months apart. Keep to your own pace and don't get caught up in the excitement. You have a big day of eating ahead of you. It's not a morning you want to spend feeling sick! Besides, you really want to impress your friends from home? Show them you can still drink, have fun, and wake-up hangover free- Stop@Buzzed! Happy Thanksgiving!

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