CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — It's a term that many people within the bar scene are familiar with, "drinksgiving" or "blackout Wednesday" are common names for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. A day that is typically known as one of the busiest drinking days of the year.
One popular bar in town, House of Rock, says they have their annual Thanksgiving Eve event because it's always a good crowd. House of Rock owner, Casey Lain says this is when students and families are coming back for the first big holiday of the year, "people are off Thanksgiving, people are coming into town Wednesday night ya know. We've done the annual Sweet Daddy Thanksgiving Eve show for years now and it's always been fun so we are pretty steady that night." House of Rock is just one of the various bars and lounges around town that will offer Thanksgiving Eve events.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is also when the Corpus Christi Police Department kicks off their 2019 Holiday Initiative Campaign. When asked about the 'drinksgiving' phenom, Captain Russell Sherman of CCPD says he has never heard of the term and typically does not see an increase of drinking or crowds of people on the particular night. Either way, the holiday initiative kicks off and Capt. Sherman says there will be extra patrols out for the entire holiday season.
"As a general rule there's increased drinking and driving through the entire holiday season. We prepare for that and our patrol officers will be out, we'll have our DWI patrols out," says Sherman.
CCPD says that if anyone chooses to stay out for a long time any night, to make driving arrangements such as Uber or Lyft. The first offense for a DWI fine can cost up to $2,000 with possible jail time.