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  • John S Kiernan, Senior Writer & Editor

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Facts

Make sure to don green and put down your keys if you want to avoid getting pinched come March 17. Despite its religious undertones, St. Patrick’s Day often results in some light bruising for folks whose dress doesn’t express the Emerald Isle’s characteristic hue. It also ranks among the year’s most popular drinking occasions.

Each year, more than 33 million Irish-Americans and fellow partiers worldwide raise pints of Guinness and forkfuls of cabbage in the name of Ireland’s primary patron saint. But the good times are too often ruined by drunk-driving incidents, which can have a devastating impact on lives in general and wallets in particular. So in addition to checking out the interesting St. Patrick’s Day stats and facts presented below, try to keep your celebrations safe this year. The cost of a quick Uber or Lyft ride pales in comparison to that of a DUI, after all.

Besides, St. Patrick’s Day already has the potential to be quite expensive, with lots of corn beef, cabbage, Guinness and green clothing on Americans’ shopping lists.

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