Does St. Patrick’s Day Provide an Excuse for Alcohol Abuse?

St. Patrick's Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and for many that is an excuse for alcohol abuse. Traditionally this day is to celebrate Irish heritage, but many turn this into a holiday that is a reason to get their drink on. Bars and restaurants go with the trend, offering green beer and Irish cocktails that may not be very popular during the rest of the year. Alcohol abuse is a serious problem in Canada and the USA, and some use St. Patrick’s Day as another excuse to drink more than they should. Anyone with Irish ancestry should be able to celebrate this holiday and their heritage, but this does not have to include drinking until you are blotto or acting in a way that is less than social and civilized.

For those who have a problem with alcohol abuse St. Patrick’s Day may be one of the most dreaded holidays of the year, right up there with Christmas and New Years, because the holiday revolves around alcohol and drinking. Substance abuse affects millions of people in North America, and a majority of these individuals are not receiving treatment for these issues. St. Patrick’s Day may be a difficult holiday for some to get through because of all the advertisements for alcohol and the marketing that bars undertake for this special day. If you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol abuse there is help available. You do not have to continue drinking, there is a brighter future ahead if you just ask for the help that you need.

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