When you go on vacation, you’re looking to relax. You know you don’t have to work. You just want to have fun. Does that mean you are going to drink more?
Clearly, if you don’t drink already, vacation isn’t something that changes where you stand. If you already do drink on a regular basis, though, vacation could definitely increase the amount of alcohol you consume.
Take, for instance, the fact that some airlines will offer free drinks. People are most likely to accept them when they’re free and not when they have to pay high prices, but they’re also more likely to drink them at any time. There’s a reason that the saying “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” was coined. During daily life, many people wait until 5 — the typical quitting time at work — to have a drink. On vacation, they may have that drink at noon or even before.
Plus, there are airport bars. Most people, of both genders, say they drank in an airport bar if they drink while traveling. It’s just a very common way to kill time when you have a long layover. It’s also a good way to calm any nerves you may have about flying.
But what happens if you drink at the bar, drink on the plane and then land and head over to pick up your rental car? Vacation may increase drinking habits, and that also means it may increase your odds of getting a DUI while you’re not even in your home state. If that happens in North Carolina, you need to know what options you have.