Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of everything Irish, with plenty of shenanigans mixed in. On this day, pinches are punishment for not wearing green, and even beer turns an emerald hue. This March holiday is almost synonymous with binge drinking
, but this bad habit is less than lucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC
), binge drinking is the most costly and lethal type of alcohol use
in the United States. Sadly, St. Patrick’s day sees many an inebriated individual make poor decisions, such as driving after they’ve had one too many green beers.
This holiday falls during the Christian observance of Lent, a time devoted to penitence and abstinence from indulgent pleasures like unhealthy foods or drinks. Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was a Christian missionary and priest beloved by countless Irish citizens. Honoring the anniversary of his death, St. Patrick’s day is one where it is acceptable to break with Lenten restrictions and indulge — often in excess.
St. Patrick’s day may be a holiday where people turn a blind eye to binge drinking, thinking it’s all in good fun. But as the statistics show, even binge drinking one day of the year can be lethal. If you have an alcohol use disorder or believe a loved one may be an alcoholic
, don’t wait until after St. Paddy’s to get the treatment
you need. The Recovery Village
has open call center availability, meaning you can call even on holidays to speak with someone who can help.
What is an alcoholic? Is alcohol considered a drug? How do I help someone struggling with alcoholism? For the answers to these questions and more, read our frequently asked questions about alcohol addiction.