Are you Responsible?

by Jennifer Donovan

Yep, it’s that time of year — Christmas parties, get-togethers with friends, and the biggest party of the year: New Years’ Eve. I’ve already shared that I’ll be hosting a low-key (i.e. alcohol-free) gathering with friends playing games (wait, can something be low key when there are NINE children there?), but I know that this is the time of year when people who don’t normally indulge might have a drink or two.

Do you know that the fact that someone doesn’t drink can make “just one” drink go to their heads?

We are moms and whether or not we have that precious cargo with us in the car when we leave a party, we have little people counting on us, and it’s our responsibility to make sure we arrive home safe and sober.

Pernod Ricard has created A compelling part of the site are the excuses along with the excuse-busters (the cold hard facts of driving while under the influence). There are also sections devoted to underage drinking and binge drinking.

We tend to hear more about it at this time of the year, but the affects of irresponsible drinking happen all year long, and the affects of those involved in an accident last a lifetime (or end lives).

Go to to learn more about drinking responsibly this season and throughout the year.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Cat December 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm

I’m proud to say I don’t drink. In fact I’m lucky if I have one a year and never on New Year’s Eve. As the wife of a police officer I’ve heard too many scary details of what can happen with drinking and driving. Too many officers are lost and families destroyed because of alcohol.


2 Queen-sized funny bone December 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Most of the people I know don’t drink anymore especially at family gatherings.


3 Lisa - TheScrapPrincess December 16, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I usually stay put on New Year’s because of the drinking & driving and our gatherings are alcohol-free but you can’t always be sure that others on the road are the same. Thanks for the resource of!


4 Stephanie December 17, 2008 at 2:07 am

I’m another nondrinker. Just never developed the taste for it. Works for me and it means I can always assure my husband of a designated driver.

That said, I’ll be approaching 8 months pregnant when the new year rolls around. I don’t want to be driving that TIRED, which is dangerous too. On the off chance we go out and do something, we’ll head home when I say it’s time, not when midnight strikes.


5 Kate December 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Cat, Queen, Lisa, Stephanie-

Thanks for all of your comments. It’s good to hear everyone is doing what they can to personally make the streets sober and safe over the holidays and year round. Being responsible can only encourage others to do the same.

Thanks! and Happy Holidays-

Kate with the team


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