New Year's EveNew Year’s Eve is one of the most widely observed holidays on earth, and there can be a lot of pressure and hype around how to celebrate it. Everyone wants to have a memorable night and alcohol often plays a big part in the activities, as it does throughout the entire holiday season.  Unfortunately, during a holiday with such celebration there are many dangers.  No matter what plans you have in store, here are a few things you can do to stay safe.

With Your Group: New Year’s Eve is best 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. To this end, pack a charger for your phone — a portable one may be especially helpful if you can’t find an outlet. Be aware of your surroundings; if you get separated from your group, you will want to know where you are, where you’re going and where you’re spending the night.

What 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.

If You Decide to Drink: Alcohol is almost unavoidable on New Year’s Eve. Even if you and your friends don’t partake, you’ll likely encounter intoxicated revelers over the course of your night. If you are drinking alcohol, keep in mind your limits. With a few adjustments, the tips are very similar to summer drinking: alternate alcohol with water or other non-alcoholic options, pace yourself and don’t leave your beverage unattended.

Regarding Champagne: The New Year’s Eve alcohol of choice is, almost inevitably, 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.

Don’t Drink and Drive: This is the most important rule of all for having a safe New Year’s Eve. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 is illegal across the country. But the amount of alcohol it takes to get to that number depends on a variety of factors such as how fast you drink, weight, and gender. If you’ve had anything to drink, don’t get behind the wheel no matter what. Be sure to check out MADD for more information on drunk driving.

Beware of Fireworks: Fireworks are very popular on New Year’s Eve but they can be extremely dangerous, not to mention possibly illegal. Be sure to review the laws in your area. Even if someone else is lighting fireworks on your property, you can be held criminally liable if any damage or injuries occur.

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