SantaCon brings alcohol ban on LIRR trains during weekends

Christmas is around the corner and people are busy preparing to make the festival joyous. In the run-up to the Christmas, many enjoy SantaCon — the annual pub-crawl thronged by thousands of Santa Claus lookalikes who come together ahead of the festival. Thousands of ‘Santas’ have been parading across the cities since the event started on December 9.

To ensure the safety of the participants and to maintain orderly travel, the U.S. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) imposed a temporary alcohol ban on all Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) trains during the event over the weekends. The 24-hour ban prohibited any Santa traveling to Manhattan for the event from consuming or carrying alcohol during their transit.

Anybody found guilty would be liable to fine or imprisonment. On the first weekend, the police teams were ready to intercept the passengers in trains and stations in the eventuality of a higher degree of offense. According to reports, the ban timings coincided with that of LIRR’s usual ban on alcohol that stretches from midnight to 5 am on Fridays and Saturdays every week until Christmas.

Originating in San Francisco in 1994, SantaCon had attracted a lot of criticism for spreading alcoholism, and sporadic violence. However, with the imposed ban, the authorities were hopeful of conducting a safe and secure event this year. It was also a step towards curbing the rate of alcohol consumption by the people during the event.

Drawbacks of alcohol consumption

Alcohol is not a social taboo, instead, it has gained mass acceptance in many countries across the globe — including the U.S. However, this does not make alcohol less harmful. In fact, due to factors like legalization, easy availability and cultural acceptance, many teenagers and school students have developed an addiction to the substance.

Every year, during the occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, alcohol consumption increases. As a result, these festivals also become the peak season to report many health issues that result from alcohol and its addiction. One of the most common ailments is holiday heart syndrome (HHS). Common, yet unknown to many, the condition is characterized by abnormal heart rhythm often caused by excessive drinking or binge drinking. Anyone can be prone to the condition, even those without any history of heart rhythm problems. If not treated early on, it can exacerbate, leading to more serious conditions like atrial fibrillation and strokes.

Besides, heavy and regular alcohol consumption is one of the prominent triggers of heart diseases. Excessive alcohol is directly linked to high blood pleasure, which is one of the main risk factors for heart attack or stroke. Further, alcohol consumption is also associated with weight gain, which again increases the risk for heart conditions. Drinking alcohol also disrupts the functioning of heart by weakening its muscles— giving rise to a life-threatening condition called cardiomyopathy.

Brace for a healthy celebration

Although the use of alcohol is normally unavoidable during such festivities, its consumption can be brought under control. Therefore, while arranging for different cocktails and drinks during the festival, it is important to ensure that one does not serve or consume them in excess. Whereas one should not drinking alcohol on a regular basis, restraining its consumption during events and celebration can further prevent an individual from developing a dependence or its addiction.

However, if you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol, it is important to determine the degree and duration of the condition by a thorough medical diagnosis conducted under the supervision of a licensed health practitioner. You can contact the alcohol addiction helpline for assistance and guidance on alcohol addiction treatment centers in Texas. Call our 24/7 Texas Alcohol Addiction Helpline number 866-281-3014 to speak to our experts. Alcoholism is a treatable condition. Recovery can be achieved through medication or therapies as recommended by the doctor on basis of the clinical assessment.