While autumn has just arrived in Virginia, the winter and holiday season are not far behind. You may look forward to seeing friends and family again, or just taking some time off work to relax. What you likely do not look forward to is getting a DUI.

To help you keep your drinking and chances of an unfortunate encounter with law enforcement to a minimum, take a page from PsychCentral’s book. As far as gifts go, a bag of coal is preferable to a DUI.

Go for nonalcoholic drinks

You know your tolerance level when it comes to alcohol, as well as whether you struggle with overindulgence with alcohol. If you drive to a holiday party, stick with nonalcoholic beverages. If your friends give you grief over not drinking, simply tell them you do not want to risk a DUI.

Arrange alternate transportation

If you do plan on enjoying a few drinks at a holiday party, go ahead and arrange to take public transportation, a cab, or a rideshare to get around town. That way, you can enjoy yourself and not have to deal with the worry of seeing flashing police lights in your rearview mirror rather than Christmas lights.

Remember the reason for the season

Rather than focus on imbibing, concentrate on enjoying time with your friends and family. Such times come only once a year, and you never know when you may see distant loved ones again; make the most of your time together.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.