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For Many, Thanksgiving Eve Means Night of Drinking

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We've all heard of Black Friday, but there's also Black Wednesday - a big night of drinking. Thanksgiving eve is a booming business for bars and a busy night for police.

Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar manager Andy Pratt says the night brings big business.

"It's quiet early and then we get really, really busy later. It's really fun. Everybody's festive and having a good time,” Pratt said.

With no work on Thanksgiving Day for many, some have family come to town and others come out to see old friends.

"A lot of kids that are 21 for the first time that are back seeing all their friends again that have all left for college are back together again and having a good time,” Pratt said.

But the night has also proven to be deadly. It has been coined “Black Wednesday" by groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and as the holiday spirits go up, so does the number of DUIs.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, you are two to three times more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash during the holidays. Charlottesville police also say they see an uptick in DUI arrests and fatalities during the holiday season.

Charlottesville police say they have officers out strictly looking for impaired drivers, and that if you go out - it's best to have a designated driver or call a cab.

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