With thousands of parade-goers due to line the streets of the city, next weekend, Éduc’alcool is celebrating the event by handling ten tips intended to remind people who choose to drink to do so in moderation.

These tips will help people make the most of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, while reminding them to pace themselves and refrain from drinking excessively at and around the parade and other celebrations and events.

On St. Paddy’s Day, we all become Irish; alcohol sales and consumption reach peak levels. Éduc’alcool wants everyone to enjoy a safe and pleasurable experience. Immersing yourself in all that’s Irish is great fun, but emulating the drunken stereotype can really turn a brilliant day sour.

We all agree that alcohol has its rightful place at this time of celebration. Unfortunately, some people use the event as an excuse to drink excessively. We do not condone this behaviour and hope our advices will contribute to a safe and enjoyable day. Getting drunk, even just once, even on St. Patrick’s Day, is once too often. No matter what the circumstances, moderation is always in good taste.

Éduc’alcool’s ten handy tips for getting home safely

Ah, lasses and lads, it’s St. Paddy’s Day, and everyone is Irish! Still, that doesn’t mean you need to act the maggot if you’re drinking. Immersing yourself in all that’s Irish is great fun, but playing the drunken Paddy stereotype can really turn a brilliant day sour. In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, Éduc’alcool offers drinkers 10 tip to ensure a safe holiday.

  1. There’s nothing magical about green beer. It’s just as intoxicating as beer that has not been dyed with food colouring.
  2. A thimbleful or two is all it takes for a leprechaun to become inebriated, and it takes only 4 green beers for the average adult male weighing approximately 90 kg to become similarly impaired.
  3. Food – like Celtic corned beef and cabbage or Quebec poutine – will slow the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. In other words, eating while you drink helps keep you from getting too tipsy too quickly.
  4. Don’t rely on the luck ‘o the Irish to get you home safely on St. Patrick’s Day. It will take more than a four-leaf clover to redress a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction.
  5. A standard glass of Irish Stout or Irish Ale, a standard glass of wine (140 ml) and shot of spirits (1.5 oz) are all the same when it comes to alcohol content. A standard drink is a standard drink, and that’s 17.05 ml or 13.45 gr of ethanol.
  6. The average St. Patrick’s Day parade lasts approximately three hours – the same amount of time it takes for an adult male to metabolize 2 single green beers.
  7. Water may not be the official drink of St. Paddy’s Day, nor is it the most exciting beverage, but a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks will keep you refreshed and hydrated. If you want to drink like a fish, drink what fishes do!
  8. An Irish harp will surely make your soul weep, while alcohol will dehydrate you in other ways. Be sure to replenish your liquids throughout the day by drinking water and non-alcoholic beverages.
  9. Remember that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, not St. Patrick’s Day and Night. Most DUIs are the result of extended drinking sessions.
  10. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone are said to receive the gift of the gab. Those who fail to heed the above advice may kiss the porcelain Blarney Bowl instead and receive the gift of a hangover.

Ready? All together now… “Erin go bragh!” *

*Ireland, forever!