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March 12, 2020 - As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) reminds its 19,000 liquor licensees to serve patrons responsibly and urges Michiganders to not drink and drive.
“Unfortunately, St. Patrick’s Day has become, for many people, a day to binge drink and get drunk, endangering so many lives, including their own. Always plan a safe way home before you start to drink,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “Licensees have the responsibility to ensure they do not overserve patrons, serve only to those of legal drinking age, and keep control of rowdy patrons in their establishments.”
MLCC offers the following tips to licensees and consumers to help ensure safe St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Tips for liquor licensees:
Consumer tips for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:
“Put safety first this St. Patrick’s Day, drive sober or get pulled over,” said Gagliardi. “Buzzed driving is drunk driving with serious consequences. Even one drink can impair judgement.”
With 57% of Americans planning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in 2020, consider these sobering statistics:*
It is the mission of MLCC to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through regulation of those involved in the importation, sale, consumption, distribution, and delivery of these alcohol beverage products.
*Sources: WalletHub (data is based on information from the National Retail Federation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Census Bureau, and news reports.)