Staying safe in the new year
With Christmas 2014 behind us, we now look forward to usher in New Years 2015.People all over the world tend to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another with a party or a gathering of family and friends… and that celebration usually includes some alcohol beverages.
To make sure you don’t start the New Year on the wrong foot, we put together some helpful tips for you to stay safe this New Years Eve.
Stay off the roads if possible – even if you’re sober. To some folks New Year’s Eve – day and night – is an excuse to imbibe starting at daytime office parties, with neighbours, at home and so on. For ER nurses and doctors this is one of the busiest nights, they would start treating victims of auto accidents involving intoxicated drivers early in the morning on New Year’s Eve and continued throughout the daytime into the night.
If drinking, pace yourself. Make each drink last. Consider adding a lemon-lime soda to your beer to dilute or “extend” it, or adding more club soda/tonic to your alcoholic drink as you consume it. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks… and remember there is no rule that says you have to drink on New Years!
Snack while drinking. Consume high protein foods like peanuts, cheese and meat to slow down the absorption of alcohol in your digestive track. Don’t ever drink on an empty stomach.
Coffee doesn’t “sober you up.” Although it is a stimulant and can potentially make you more alert if you’re sleepy, it does not speed up the metabolism of alcohol in your blood stream. So alert or not, you will still be impaired if you drink too much. And if you are mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol, you are playing Russian roulette with your health and your life by potentially disrupting your heart’s rhythm. It’s a recipe for disaster.
If you’re hosting a party, arrange transportation for guests to get home, offer to pay for a cab, or make overnight arrangements for them. If you’re serving alcohol, it’s your moral and legal responsibility to be sure your guests get home safely or stay put.
Even one drink can cause dizziness, sleepiness, headaches, stomach upset and more. Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time can even be fatal. Not only does alcohol dull your senses, your reflexes and your judgment, it also makes you less aware of how impaired you actually are – a vicious cycle. If going out, have a designated sober driver (friend or hired driver), or take a cab home afterwards even if you have to come back for your car another time. Better yet, leave your car at home and take a cab both ways.
Have a Happy and Safe New years.
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