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It’s that time of year! Yes, that wonderful season when the eggnog flows forth like Santa’s majestic beard, and the champagne is popped as the last few seconds of the year tick away.

As we enjoy these holiday traditions, it is important to remember that alcohol is almost always present during these festive gatherings. Apart from putting people in the holiday “spirit," overconsumption is capable of disturbing the yuletide peace. We are all familiar with uncles who’ve had one too many drinks stirring up drama and emotional mothers sharing the embarrassing stories of yore.

This season is meant to be enjoyed along with the festive drinks that are often served at such occasions. However, moderation is key to enjoying this time of year. It’s ok to celebrate, but it’s important to do so responsibly. Whether it is designating a driver, sharing love rather than arguments or simply knowing your limit, responsibility may keep grandma from getting run over by a reindeer and will steer everyone far from harm’s way during this joyful time of the year.

It is important to remember that every drink counts. It can be the difference between being the life of the party or the Grinch who ruined everyone’s holiday fun. This year, let’s enjoy our cocktails as a celebration, not as something to regret.