Christmas may be over, but New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and with New Year’s Eve celebrations comes an increased amount of parties, alcohol, and drunk drivers on the road. We’re excited to ring in the New Year, and we hope you are, too. But we also hope that you stay safe during your own festivities by following a few New Year’s Eve safety tips:
- Never drink and drive. Take the bus, call a cab or your local sober ride service, get a ride with a sober friend, or ask your host if you can crash for the night.
- Plan ahead by designating a sober driver or bringing money and a phone number for a cab if you plan on going out and drinking.
- Don’t drink a single drop of alcohol if you’ve been named the designated driver.
- Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests if hosting a party.
- Have an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve with non-alcoholic alternatives to bubbly champagne and festive cocktails
- Know your limits, eat plenty of food, and drink at least one glass of water between each alcoholic beverage. Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per hour.
- Remember that alcohol can be dangerous even if you aren’t driving. Avoid binge drinking.
- Don’t accept drinks that you didn’t pour yourself or see be poured. Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you use the restroom.
- If a friend is impaired and intends to drive, take their keys and help them find a safe ride home.
- Avoid driving at night on New Year’s Eve. If you must drive, drive safely and without distractions, buckle up, and call local police if you see a drunk driver on the road.
- Have an alcohol-free evening. Stay with your family and swap alcohol for party games and leftover holiday treats or spend a quiet night in with a loved one.
Have a safe and happy New Year!