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How to Safely Celebrate the New Year

Keegan Wetzel | Tuesday, December 30, 2014


2015 is right around the corner which means celebration is in order to wrap up another great year. If you plan on celebrating the coming of the New Year with alcohol, these tips will help you celebrate responsibly and safely end 2014.

Staying Safe While Celebrating the Season

Somebody in the United States dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident every 30 minutes, and more than a million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. Accidents during all times of the year, but the increased travel and additional parties celebrating the holidays around this time can make these accidents even more frequent.

In terms of drinking safety, the safest option is simple – don’t drive. You may not think there are many people out there careless enough to put themselves and others in this sort of danger, but statistics prove otherwise. If you plan on drinking, be sure to assign somebody as the designated driver – a person who agrees not to drink for the night – that will be responsible for getting you and other partygoers home safely.

How Much is Too Much?

In the event of not having a designated driver it is imperative that you drink responsibly and be aware of how many servings you have consumed. You may be asking, “How do I make myself aware of what one serving is?” Use the simple one-one rule: only have one standard drink per hour. The American Dietetic Association defines a standard drink as:

  • One 12-ounce beer
  • One 5-ounce glass of wine
  • One mixed drink with 1.5 ounces of liquor (equivalent to a shot)

With this being said, it is important to remember that everybody tolerates alcohol differently, so it is your responsibility to know exactly what your limits are and to be honest with yourself.

The Perfect Host

If you plan on hosting a party there are several things to keep in mind to make it fun and safe for all who attend. You don’t need to serve alcohol to have a good party – there are many non-alcoholic beverages to offer guests like sparkling punches and mulled cider.

If you do plan on serving alcohol, measure how much alcohol is being mixed into drinks so people can keep track of what they are drinking. Also, stop serving alcohol an hour or more before the party ends.

If and when someone overconsumes alcohol (e.g. the uncle talking about his football glory days or the guy that came to the party but nobody knows who invited him) don’t let them drink and drive. Make arrangements for a driver to get them home safely or make them stay until they sober up.

Alcohol and Drugs Don’t Mix

Prescription drugs, or over-the-counter remedies like medicines for the common cold, when combined with alcohol can seriously affect your driving. Always be sure to follow directions and warning labels of any medications carefully.

We at Clarke & Sampson want you to have an incredible end to 2014, but more importantly we want you to remain safe during your celebrations - whether alcohol is invloved or not.  Please give us a call with any questions at (703) 618-6601 or click the button below.

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