This time of year is full of parties and celebrations – many of which offer ample alcohol to add to the festivities. But the 28- year-old Snowmass ski-lift operator whose body was found Monday after a two-week search is a stark reminder of the dangers of drinking. The young man was extremely intoxicated, which probably contributed to his fall from the Maroon Creek Bridge, the Pitkin County coroner’s office said yesterday. He died instantly in the fall, but he also had a blood-alcohol content of 0.294 percent, which is 3 1/2 times the legal limit for driving. The ski area employee was last seen when he got off a bus near the bridge late on November 27th.

Four simple rules can help prevent this type of tragic outcome:
Keeping Track Keep track of how much you drink. If you make note of each drink before you drink it, this will help you slow down when needed. Or download the mobile phone app which will estimate your BAC, see Keeping Track Made Simple.
Counting and Measuring Know the standard drink sizes so you can count your drinks accurately: One standard drink is 12 ounces of regular beer, 8 to 9 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of table wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits.
Pacing and Spacing When you do drink, pace yourself. Sip slowly. Have no more than one drink with alcohol per hour. Alternate “drink spacers” — non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda, or juice — with drinks containing alcohol.
Including Food
Don’t drink on an empty stomach — have some food so the alcohol will be absorbed more slowly into your system.

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