Staying Safe When It’s Time to Celebrate
New Year’s Eve is an occasion to celebrate! No matter what plans you have in store, here’s how to stay safe on New Year’s Eve:
1. With Your Friends & Family
The best New Year’s Eves are spent with loved ones. If you’re going to a party or heading to a public event, make plans to arrive and leave with a group. A lot can happen on New Year’s Eve, and you want to ensure you, your friends and family are safe, so be sure to share your plans for the night and communicate your whereabouts if plans change.
2. When It’s Time to Eat
A filling dinner is one of the best ways to prepare for a long New Year’s Eve night. A wholesome dinner can not only help to absorb some of the alcohol, but it will also help you avoid nibbling on bar snacks.
3. Consuming Alcohol
Alcohol is almost unavoidable on New Year’s Eve. Even if you and your friends don’t partake, you’ll likely encounter others drinking over the course of your night. If you are drinking alcohol, keep in mind your limits. With a few adjustments, alternate alcohol with water or other non-alcoholic options, pace yourself and don’t leave your beverage unattended.
4. Drink for the night...Champagne
The New Year’s Eve alcohol of choice is, almost always, champagne. It should go without saying that all bottles should be popped away from guests or anything of value. Another pro-tip is the 45 degrees rule of thumb – it’s the ideal temperature to avoid spontaneous combustion and the ideal angle to uncork at.
5. Uber/Lyft Don't Drive
Don’t drink and drive. Don’t let anyone you see drive under the influence. If you’re hosting, this may mean taking keys and offering couches to sleep on. If you’re out on the town, this could mean alerting the bartender or host to the situation.
It is always dangerous to be on the road on New Year’s Eve. If possible, ask to spend the night with a friend or book a room within walking distance of your festivities to avoid potential drunk drivers.
If you must be on the road, be prepared for increased cab fare or ride-sharing surge prices and the pre-existing dangers of driving in winter conditions at night.