You might be surprised that New Year's Eve is not the most dangerous holiday for alcohol related traffic deaths and injuries. It turns out that Thanksgiving has that unfortunate distinction. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is the most dangerous due to the high volume of people on the road and the fact that the holiday always begins on Thursday for a four-day-weekend of overindulgence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's report on motor vehicle deaths, Thanksgiving weekend is number one and July 4th weekend is number two as the most dangerous holidays for drivers. The other long weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day come in fourth and fifth most dangerous. New Years is number six because it often does not not fall on a weekend or near the weekend.
Most people don't realize that for the average person, each drink adds 0.02% to the Blood Alcohol Concentration an hour and in that hour only about 0.01% is removed by the body's metabolic processing. This is why blood alcohol concentrations build steadily throughout a long day of holiday celebration causing levels to often rise beyond the legal driving limit (0.08% BAC in Michigan). Be aware that you cannot speed your body's processing of alcohol with coffee or other urban-myth-remedies. Be safe and don't make another Michigan family suffer a holiday tragedy of losing a loved-one. If you over-indulge, or know that you will likely over-indulge, please use a designated driver or call a cab. Nothing is more heart-wrenching to watch than a drunk driver, who has caused someone's death, facing the family of the deceased while they make victim impact statements to the judge before the judge decides the length of the prison term for the drunk driver.