In his Confession, St. Patrick writes that he grew up in Roman Britain and was captured and taken to Ireland. He was told the way to escape in a dream, and made his way back to his family in England, where he studied to be a priest and eventually a bishop. He dreamed that Irishmen pleaded for him to return, so he did, and began preaching and building churches around Ireland. While he was not the first priest to Christianize Ireland, he is certainly the most famous. According to legend, he passed away on March 18, which has been celebrated as Saint Patrick’s Feast Day since the early 17th century. Read on to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day, and how to stay safe while participating in the wild celebrations.

St. Patrick’s Day Legends

One legend that has lasted through the centuries is about St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland, which could be perceived as a metaphor for driving pagan religions like Druidism out of the country, since Druid mythology is heavy with serpent imagery. Other legends detail Patrick’s clashes with the druids. However, the tales of St. Patrick fighting the Druids may be revisionist exaggerations, as Druids existed in Ireland for centuries following his death.

How To Celebrate Safely

Now, St.Patrick’s Day has become a beloved, popular American tradition, incorporating green hair, green clothes, and green beer. As fun as this celebration is, there are certainly plenty of results of the revelry that are not so fun. Every year, hundreds of people drink too much, forget their limits, and get arrested for drunk driving or other dangerous alcohol-related incident. To avoid being among those who end their St. Patrick’s Day with an unpleasant bang, Bechert & Associates has some tips.

  • Eat Something When You’re Drinking: Drinking without eating always gets you drunk faster, and thus puts you at a higher likelihood of getting in trouble. Make sure to eat throughout the festivities and pace yourself. 
  • Keep an eye out for your friends: Unfortunately, “stranger danger” is high in bars on the holidays. There are many uncertain elements and strangers that you may be unfamiliar with. Your friends should keep an eye on each other, and don’t allow a friend who has overindulged to leave with anyone you’re not familiar with. Make sure to keep an eye on their unattended drinks, as somebody may slip something nefarious into a drink and try to sneak out the door with your friend. 
  • Go Out In A Group: A group mentality can occasionally be a good thing, particularly if your group is safety-minded overall, you will hopefully take care of each other and avoid doing anything dangerous.
  • Don’t Drive: If you don’t have a designated driver, catch a rideshare. While it may cost a little more, it’ll cost less than a hospital bill at the end of the day. A backup plan is vital if your designated driver ends up getting compromised.

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You should be able to stay safe while partaking in St. Patrick’s Day festivities with these simple tips. Bechert & Associates is a top personal injury law firm here to fight for your legal rights. Call Bechert & Associates to schedule a consultation today.