Beware of Black Wednesday
Sourced from MADD
Blackout Wednesday (also known as Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving, Thanksgiving Eve, Wacky Wednesday, or Whiskey Wednesday) is a term for the night before Thanksgiving in the United States. The name refers to “blacking out”, which does not mean you pass out. The term “black out” refers to memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication.
MADD warns that with alcohol flowing freely and easily at home, stocked liquor cabinets, and parents getting ready for the holiday season, it is less obvious when liquor bottles are missing.
Tragically, Wednesday night before Thanksgiving - a bigger party night than prom, graduation night, St. Patrick's Day, or New Year's Eve - is one of the most fatal and worst drunk driving nights of the year. Police increase patrols checking for drunk driving in many jurisdictions.
It is one of the deadliest nights of the year for teenagers, but they are not the only ones drinking. MADD reports that the Thanksgiving holiday produces more people killed in drunk driving crashes than the Christmas holiday.
Facts to know:
- Alcohol use by those under the age of 21 is not a rite of passage.
- It is dangerous. It is deadly.
- It can set kids up for a lifetime of negative consequences.