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HCSO Announces ‘Operation Get Stuffed’ For Drinksgiving, Blackout Wednesday

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many Americans look forward to spending quality time with their families, enjoying a delicious feast, and expressing gratitude for all the blessings in their lives.

However, there is a tradition that takes place on the eve of Thanksgiving, known as “Drinksgiving” or “Blackout Wednesday.”

This unofficial holiday is marked by excessive binge drinking as friends reunite in their hometowns and kick off the holiday season with a night of revelry.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with law enforcement partners to maintain safety on ‘Drinksgiving,’ the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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This initiative, known as “Operation Get Stuffed,” involves multiple agencies working together on November 22 throughout Hillsborough County.

In collaboration with the Tampa Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol, HCSO deputies will keep an eye out for any drivers who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Sheriff Chad Chronister emphasizes the importance of safety during this holiday weekend. “Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but it is crucial to prioritize safety. “Please, plan accordingly by designating a sober driver or utilizing a ride-share option if alcohol is involved. By taking responsibility for our actions, we can ensure that our Thanksgiving memories are filled with positive experiences.”

Celebrate Responsibly: Tips for a Safe Drinksgiving

As we enjoy the festivities of Drinksgiving, it is crucial to prioritize safety and responsible drinking. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration:

  1. Plan Ahead: If you know you will be attending a gathering on Drinksgiving, arrange for a designated driver or make use of ride-sharing apps to ensure a safe trip home.
  2. Pace Yourself: Binge drinking can have severe consequences on your health and well-being. Moderation is key, so pace yourself and alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic options.
  3. Stay Hydrated: Consuming alcohol can lead to dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the night to maintain your hydration levels.
  4. Eat Well: Before indulging in any alcoholic beverages, have a substantial meal to slow down alcohol absorption and minimize the risks of intoxication.
  5. Look Out for Others: Keep an eye on your friends and loved ones, and intervene if you notice signs of excessive drinking or any potential danger.
  6. Know Your Limits: Understand your personal alcohol tolerance and set boundaries for yourself. Don’t feel pressured to drink beyond your comfort level.
  7. Avoid Mixing Substances: Combining alcohol with other substances, such as drugs, can have dangerous and unpredictable effects on your body. It’s best to avoid mixing substances altogether.

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