Christiana Care event to feature ‘mocktails’ & info on effects of drunk driving

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Christiana Care Health System’s Trauma Program will host a holiday “Mocktail” on Tuesday, Dec. 19th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Overlook Café at Wilmington Hospital.

With the surge in parties – and increased alcohol consumption – during the holiday season, Christiana Care created the annual “Mocktail” as a way to remind people about the dangers of drunk driving.

During December of last year, 781 people died in drunk driving crashes, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the federal agency responsible for motor vehicle and highway transportation safety standards and regulations.

“The holiday season is a time when we all look forward to getting together with loved ones, but it’s also when we should stay fully aware of the consequences of drunk driving,” said Jaime Cesar Giraldo Arango, M.D., medical director of Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital Trauma Program. “We hope our annual Mocktails encourage people to make safe choices during this time of year so we can save more lives from this very preventable problem.”

The event features Mocktail (non-alcoholic drink) recipes and a “Driving Simulator” machine in which users can experience the consequences of impaired driving.

In addition, City of Wilmington Police will be at the event to assist with special glasses known as “Drunk Goggles” that help users experience how difficult it is to travel while intoxicated.

The annual Mocktail is one of several injury prevention initiatives offered by Christiana Care’s Trauma Program as a way to reduce injuries in the local community.

Featuring the only Level I trauma center for both adults and children in Delaware at Christiana Hospital, Christiana Care’s trauma program educates the public on how to avoid injury.

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