Now that Halloween is over, millions of Americans are looking forward to two more awesome times of the year: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now, we can start hanging those sparkling lights, partying with friends, or hanging out with loved ones. However, one long-lasting and inarguably infamous tradition is the family dinner, when people gather together to celebrate the good message of Thanksgiving (our country’s friendship) and Christmas. Nevertheless, while people have nice intentions, chaos often ensues in thousands of houses from California to Maine, all thanks to little bottles of wine, liquor, and other alcoholic drinks. While some of you might like to indulge in apple pie or turkey, some risk-takers prefer the tang of a bloody Mary or a shot of Captain Morgan. Let’s take a closer look at why binge drinking increases during the holidays.

Too Much Pressure

WHY BINGE DRINKING INCREASES DURING THE HOLIDAYSAs with other customs around the world, drinking alcohol increases during American holidays due to a supposed social requirement. Family members and friends will gather to talk about events throughout the year and (of course) start pouring wine at some point during a conversation. Nevertheless, the reason drinking booms during Thanksgiving and Christmas is not a particularly happy one (predictable).

So why does excessive drinking skyrocket during these happy holidays? For some people, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas celebrations are grim reminders of loneliness and embarrassment or events that were far from pleasant (like a brutal fight with a family member). Likewise, some people drown their sorrows in alcohol (due to overwhelming despair) or become intoxicated as a result of holiday pressure to buy completely useless gifts.

Crunching Numbers

Based on this information, you will not be surprised to hear that Forbes labeled binge drinking a “seasonal habit.” In fact, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States determined that the distilled spirit industry makes 25% of its annual $49 billion profit between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.  Interestingly, even casual drinkers will increase their consumption of alcoholic beverages during this time of year. Even more shocking, the study also revealed that a large percentage of Americans are clueless about the reality of high-risk drinking. So, you can easily see why drunk driving and fights are so common during the holidays.

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