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According to a new survey 3 out of 5 of us dread going to a family holiday gathering. It usually involves too much alcohol, politics (which leads to yelling), and taking things too far! For a third of Americans, it’s usually the Uncle (you know who I’m talking about). The survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ritual Zero Proof, also showed that a little more than half (54%) of us know that someone is going to have to apologize the morning after the family gathering.

1.  The worst topics to bring up at the table are politics, family gossip, and personal drama.  Your parents are the most likely to bring up something that could start drama.

2.  39% of people say there will probably be some yelling . . . and 43% say it’s not uncommon for at least one person to leave early.

3.  48% of us expect to drink more at family get-togethers than we did at any other social event this year.  The #1 beverage that can ruin a holiday party is a tie between beer and whiskey.  Wine is third, followed by tequila.

4.  54% of people said at least one of their family members will probably have to apologize the next day.

Most of us dread a holiday gathering.

Try to have fun this holiday season!

— Doug O’Brien