Whether this last year was a good or a bad year, you’ll most likely want to send it off in style this New Year’s Eve. While it’s no secret that many will enjoy a few drinks and get the party started well before, and carry on after the big countdown to 2017, there’s no point in starting off the new year with regrets. To help keep you and others safe tonight, here are some safety tips to ensure your celebration doesn’t go down a bad path.
Most importantly don’t drink and drive. Unless you’re planning on staying in tonight or hosting the bash yourself, get a ride to and from your destination. If you find yourself at a friend’s house, don’t be afraid to ask to spend the night. A rough night’s sleep on a sofa is far better than a DUI, or worse, an accident. If sleeping away from home isn’t an option, call a local cab company or use services such as Uber and Lyft. There’s no excuse for drinking and getting behind the wheel, so make sure you’ve got a plan in place before you clink your first glass. Before the drinks start flowing be sure you have a full stomach. Not only will it soak up the alcohol but it also keeps you from snacking on junk food all night.
Two is better than one anyway, right? So make sure you don’t find yourself alone on New Year’s Eve. A good portion of the population will be drinking, and therefore the streets will be more dangerous than normal. Traveling in a group will help ensure that nothing bad happens to you or those you care about, use a map application on your smartphone or plan your night ahead of time to ensure that you’re spending the least amount of time possible walking or driving outside. Keep your phone fully charged and bring a charger in your purse or pocket if you can. If an emergency situation arises you have access to getting help.
Last, but not least, remember to have fun! Whether that means standing in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, or sipping wine at home with a few close friends watching the big countdown on tv, always remember to not feel pressured to do anything that isn’t fun for you. If you feel someone is in real danger from driniking too much or may show symptoms of alcohol poisoning you can call 9-1-1or poison control at 800-222-1222.