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Mixing drugs does not increase the ‘high’ but often exponentially confuses the brain and body. The brain becomes overwhelmed as it tries to process multiple, conflicting messages. Mixing a small amount of marijuana and alcohol can cause a person to seem and be highly intoxicated as though they have taken several shots instead of a few beers. Another example: mixing alcohol with opioids suppresses the breathing in two different ways at different times which is why a person should never ‘sleep it off’ and seek help immediately.

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Blackout Wednesday

Pass out from the Turkey not the Drinking this weekend....  NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 

Blackout Wednesday  (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Blackout Wednesday (or "Black Wednesday," "Drinksgiving," or "Thanksgiving Eve,” or “Wacky Wednesday”) is a pejorative term for the night before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which is always a Thursday. It is associated with binge drinking since very few people work on Thanksgiving, and most university students are home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.[1] The name refers to "blacking out", memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication. In Chicago suburbs in particular, Blackout Wednesday is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year's Eve or Saint Patrick's Day.[1] In some cities, it is the top drunk driving night of the year.[2] Police departments increase patrols checking for drunk driving in many jurisdictions including in Indiana[3] and Minnesota.[4] MADD reports that the Thanksgiving holiday produces more people killed in drunk driving crashes than the Christmas holiday.[5].

Blackout Wednesday gains popularity as pre-Thanksgiving trend

Thanksgiving Day may be a time for family and friends to gather around the table in gratitude, but the night before, all bets are off.

Blackout Wednesday – not to be confused with Black Friday, which comes after turkey day – is the day before Thanksgiving when people hit the town and alcohol sales spike.

The unofficial pre-Thanksgiving holiday, also referred to as Thanksgiving Eve or Drinksgiving, started making headlines around 2012 when people began noticing a large increase in alcohol sales for that one day. However, it didn’t receive an official name until 2015.

Since then, the pre-holiday celebration has been growing in popularity, and with that, so have beer and liquor sales.

According to data analyzed by Upserve, a restaurant management platform, there was a 23 percent increase in overall restaurant sales the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, compared to other weeks.

Of the data pulled, that 23 percent was prompted mainly by booze. Overall beer sales increased by 270 percent, with sales on growlers growing by a staggering 658 percent – the largest increase on any menu item.

Liquor sales also grew by an average of 114 percent.

Food orders increased slightly, up by about 28 percent than previous weeks.

However, the interesting thing is that the number of checks only increased by 18 percent, suggesting that a small amount of large groups are driving the huge increases on liquor and beer.

While it is unknown what specific scenario compels people to tie one on before the holidays – whether catching up with old friends or trying to avoid relatives – it does appear the phenomenon is gaining traction each year.

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