St. 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, which 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, many people make poor decision while inebriated on St. Patrick’s Day, such as driving after they’ve had one too many green beers.

Why Do People Binge Drink on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day falls during the Christian observance of Lent, a time devoted to penitence and abstinence from indulgent pleasures like unhealthy foods or drinks. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was a Christian missionary and priest beloved by generations of 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.

How to Break Up With Alcohol, Even on Holidays

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 even binge drinking one day of the year can be lethal. If you have an alcohol use disorder or believe a loved one may have an alcohol use disorder, don’t wait until after St. Paddy’s to get the treatment necessary. The Recovery Village is available to provide the help you need, even on holidays.

What is an alcoholic? Is alcohol considered a drug? How do I help someone struggling with alcoholism? For answers to these questions and more, explore frequently asked questions about alcohol addiction.

To speak with a representative about alcohol use disorder and find treatment options, contact The Recovery Village at 352.771.2700. Your call is toll-free, obligation-free and always confidential.