Well, America, it’s that time again!  Time to celebrate your birthday.  Adorn the red, white, and blue and show some patriotic love.  The past year and a half have been difficult for many trying to navigate and find a new balance between work and home life with the pandemic and all of its ramifications.  If you’ll recall, many of the fireworks shows were halted last summer, and many restaurants were still partially or fully shut down, not to mention the shuttering of bars and nightclubs.  But there is light shining into this tunnel even as things are not completely “back to normal.”  With vaccinations and re-openings (California, brace yourself for a continued influx of Zonies), there is much to be excited about this holiday weekend.

One thing that hasn’t changed at all here in Arizona?  The heat.  We’ve already suffered through multiple 110+ degree days, and there are undoubtedly more on the horizon.  With the holiday weekend, many people will be drinking alcohol, and the combination of that with the heat can wreak havoc on your body.  Remember a bit of advice from our previous blog.  Alcohol is a diuretic and inhibits the hormone that tells your body to retain water—so your body does not conserve or reabsorb water as it normally would.  Also, there is reason to believe that the higher the alcohol concentration you’re ingesting, the more urine you will produce even though you’re not drinking more fluids.   Even if you may drink more fluids than normal, your body is essentially working double-time to get rid of them, leading to a loss of hydration.  As your body eliminates these fluids, it also loses electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and calcium, which are all needed in order for your body to function and give you energy.  And consider that after heavier drinking, when you’re suffering from a hangover, it’s not abnormal for you to sweat—causing your body to lose more water and more salts–thereby perpetuating the dehydration and ill feelings.  You feel worn out, tired, and have a headache.  So if you’re finishing off that last sip of beer in the sun and are about to get a fresh, cold one, go inside for a bit and have a glass of water first, and maybe eat some potato chips to replace some of the sodium and potassium you’ve been losing!

4th of July is also one of the deadliest holidays for motorists and also one of the costliest for tax-payers because of in an influx in DUI arrests and subsequent prosecutions.  In 2019, law enforcement in Arizona arrested more than 500 people on suspicion of DUI.  Even though there were less than 200 arrests for DUI in 2020, you can expect that number to increase this weekend.  The DUI arrest trends thus far in 2021 have been increased due to re-openings and reduced numbers of Covid-19 cases, and numerous police departments in Arizona will be conducting DUI task forces, such as in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, and Tucson.  It’s also worth mentioning that even though recreational marijuana use is now legal in Arizona for those 21 and over, you can still be arrested for DUI if you are impaired to the slightest degree by marijuana or for anyone who is under 21 and has any amount of active THC or its impairing metabolite, hydroxyl-THC, in their system while driving.

From all of us here at the office have a Happy 4th, stay safe, drive sober, and always know your rights!