Cinco de Mayo can be a fun holiday but also a dangerous one. It’s a day known for great Mexican food, holiday drinking, and, potentially, drunk driving. An alcohol addiction treatment program at TruHealing Centers can help many people with alcohol use disorder, but only if they survive party days like Cinco de Mayo.
What Is Cinco de Mayo?
In Spanish, Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May. That’s the day that in 1862 that poorly armed Mexican militia forces fought the Battle of Puebla against Napoleon and won. Today, many parts of the U.S. celebrate that win every year on May 5th, often by eating traditional Mexican foods and social drinking.
What Are Some Dangers of Cinco de Mayo?
Bars and clubs tend to fill up on May 5 early, and many people celebrate into the wee hours of the morning. It is a night when binge drinking is widespread, especially among young people.
Binge drinking refers to consuming a large amount of alcohol, enough to reach the legal limit in a short time. For men, that is usually around five drinks in about two hours. Women reach that tipping point with four drinks in just two hours.
How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Safely
This holiday is a celebration of everything Mexican or even just the beginning of spring. That means you can “fiesta” without the alcohol. Simply eat tacos and enjoy guacamole without drinking tequila shooters or gulping margaritas.
If you do go out with friends or family, volunteer to be the designated driver. Or, better yet, have a celebration at home in your backyard that includes lots of good food and skip the alcohol altogether.
You can also celebrate in your own way. Check to see if there are any movie festivals are celebrating Mexican cinema.
You could choose to do something free from alcohol, like spending the day at a spa pampering yourself or hitting the beach for a little sand and surf. Make Cinco de Mayo less about alcohol and more about having fun.
If you find you have a hard time cutting alcohol out of the celebration, maybe it’s time to consider alcohol use disorder treatment. TruHealing Centers offers multiple locations throughout the east coast, including locations in Ohio and Atlanta.
They provide a full continuum of care, meaning they support you from detox to aftercare. They treat adults of all ages and offer all levels of care. Services at TruHealing Centers include:
- Medically supervised detox
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization
- Outpatient services
- Community housing
TruHealing Centers also offer mental health treatment. Many people with an alcohol or drug use disorder also have a co-existing mental health disorder such as depression or PTSD. The TruHealing Centers highly trained staff consists of medical, mental health, and addiction care specialists able to diagnose and treat both conditions.
They work together to customize a treatment program for each client. They offer a care plan designed to meet your physical and mental needs as you work towards recovery. Many treatments start with a medically supervised detox program. That allows you to enter a primary care treatment sober and ready to work.
From there, you might go into a gender-specific residential treatment center or an intensive outpatient program. The staff works with you to help you make clinically sound decisions regarding your treatment and recovery.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Safely with Help from TruHealing Centers
Cinco de Mayo can be a lot of fun, but it doesn’t have to be a drinking holiday. If you or someone you love is struggling to control your alcohol abuse, give us a call at TruHealing Centers. You can reach us at 833.631.0525 or go online and use our contact form.