Even though Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, there are still plenty of parties, gatherings, functions and events to attend, catering to adults and children alike. For the kids, Halloween is all about having fun, getting copious amounts of candy and perhaps being a bit mischievous. As adults, we tend to celebrate the festivities with a bit more “holiday spirits” in the form of beer, wine or liquor.
Whether you do it in costume or out, there’s nothing wrong with having a beer or cocktail, provided you are of age and do it responsibly. Part of drinking responsibly is keeping track of your intake, getting a sober driver if necessary, and not climbing behind the wheel while intoxicated.
We’ve talked several times about the possible penalties that come with a DUI conviction, which include jail time, hefty fines, license suspension, higher insurance rates, a non-expungeable criminal record and social stigma. Here are a few tips for how to have fun and stay out of trouble this Halloween:
- Have a designated driver or arrange for transportation – Public transit like buses and taxis, as well as ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are all available, for a relatively low cost, in the Chattanooga area.
- Plan to stay over if you’re attending a party at a private home or hotel.
- Never mix alcohol and prescription or over-the-counter medication – even fairly innocuous cold medicine tablets or mild painkillers could interact with even small amounts of alcohol, causing increased inebriation, poor decision-making, decreased respiration and other complications.
- If your Halloween costume includes a mask, don’t drive with it on – the possible visual impairment of the mask could give police a reason to pull you over; if you’ve been drinking, this could lead to an arrest.