The holidays are approaching, which is always a great time to celebrate with family and friends, but it’s important to do so responsibly.
Dr. William Cioffi from University Surgical Associates joined The Rhode Show with some important information.
Dr. Cioffi: Unfortunately about 1,200 people in the United States will lose their lives this holiday season as a result of alcohol related accidents. The good news is that there has been a steady decline in this statistic and that’s due to public awareness and efforts to cut down on drinking and driving.
The Rhode Show: You mention public awareness, I know this is something that is important to you. We see it in the public service announcements on our stations and we’ll see it a lot more this holiday season as we’ve teamed up to deliver the message, how did this idea come about?
Dr. Cioffi: The idea came about from a trip to St. Louis to visit a group of physicians who have run similar campaigns. I brought the idea back to Rhode Island. The response has been great. Friends, other parents and complete strangers have mentioned that they’ve seen the message and that it really hit home. If one person makes a better decision because of it, it could save a life.
The Rhode Show: And you talk about the fact that if they see you in the hospital, it’s too late. What are the simple messages that could help save lives?
Dr. Cioffi: If you are going to a holiday party, always have a designated driver. If you’ve had too much to drink call a taxi or friend or family member for a ride. It’s not just what could happen to you but what could happen to someone else.