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12/20/2011 - Alcohol-related accidents double during holidays

Driving incidents involving alcohol are more common during the holidays.

Though the holidays are traditionally one of the most wonderful times of year, they can also be marred by tragedy, as automotive accidents due to drunk driving tend to increase.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, during Christmas and New Year's, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than at other times of the year.

While many people are well aware of these grim statistics, they may be misinformed about the methods motorists often employ in their attempts to sober up. For instance, a common myth is that caffeine can help reduce the effects of alcohol. But the National Institutes of Health says this is not the case. The caffeine found in coffee only helps with feelings of drowsiness. Only time will help diminish the effects alcohol has on coordination and one's ability to focus, which can ultimately lead to accidents.

If alcohol will be served at holiday functions, the NIH and NIAAA strongly advises revelers to make sure they designate a driver so serious accidents can be avoided. Selective wishes all to have a safe and happy holiday.

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