The top five biggest drinking nights of the year include not only St. Patrick’s Day but Thanksgiving Eve parties.

Police are issuing warnings ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend for extra caution on the roads, especially during Thanksgiving Eve celebrations (otherwise known as Blackout Wednesday), which they claims are worse than St. Patrick’s Day in terms of over consumption of alcohol and drink driving.

“Drinksgiving,” the name given to the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, has quickly become one of the biggest drinking nights of the year as college students and young adults return home to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. Now established as one of the busiest bar nights of the year, the crowds on St. Patrick’s Day 2017 will look small in comparison to the Thanksgiving Eve parties.

“I'd put it up there with St. Patrick's Day,” a Pennsylvanian police officer told TribLive.com.

“It's definitely busier than New Year's.”

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“That's our biggest day of the year when it comes to people drinking alcohol and driving vehicles,” state police spokesperson Steve Limani said.

It is predicted that 50.9 million Americans will make a trip of 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving weekend.

What are the top five biggest drinking nights of the year:

In no particular order, the US tends to overindulge on alcohol on:

  1. New Year's Eve
  2. Christmas
  3. Fourth of July
  4. St. Patrick's Day
  5. Thanksgiving

Stay safe everyone!

How do you celebrate the night before Thanksgiving? Do you partake in Drinksgiving? Let us know what your family and friends get up to in the comments section.

Police claim that Drinksgiving outdoes the St. Patrick’s Day parade, New Year’s Eve, and Super Bowl Sunday as the biggest drinking event of the year. iStock