It’s New Year’s Eve! Do you have plans for one of the biggest party nights of the year?
If so, you might want to take heed of these three risky behaviors that have potential to send your night into troubled waters.
We all want to have a safe, festive holiday so read on for some ways to keep the first evening of 2019 a happy one.
1. Binge Drinking
Of course, downing a bunch of booze causes the bulk of problems when you’re out partying. What you may not know is that drinking and walking is almost an injurious as drinking and driving, according to some experts at Loyola University. In fact, drunk walking can lead you to bonk your head (New Year’s eve concussion, anyone?) or sprain an ankle on a high curb. In 2005, the journal Injury Prevention revealed that New Year’s is more deadly for pedestrians than any other day of the year.
To stay safe, limit the number of drinks you have. Alternate every alcoholic beverage with water and remember that men and women metabolize alcohol differently. If you’re female, you have less water in your body than a man and the effects of alcohol will hit you harder. This goes without saying but don’t get behind the wheel, either. And don’t get in a car with someone who has been drinking. Remember the trusty adage from our friends at the Ad Council: friends don’t let friends drive drunk.
2. Cold Weather
Check the weather before you head out on New Year’s night. Even if you leave your house around 4 p.m. it’s going to get significantly cooler by the time the ball drops at midnight. Last year the cold temps plus wind-chill made it possible for exposed skin to sustain frostbite. Check the temperature and dress properly for the weather — especially if you plan on standing outside to watch any of the fireworks shows populating the big East Coast cities.
3. Sharing Saliva or Other Body Fluids
If you participate in the tradition of kissing someone as the clock strikes midnight, just know you can get a communicable infection or disease. It might be a strand of the common cold, or the seasonal flu lurking, but in worst case scenarios, while admittedly rare, it could be HPV.
By following a few personal precautions you’re set up to have the best New Year’s Eve. Of course, you can’t ward off everything. But by thinking about some rudimentary safety measures, you’re a step ahead of other partygoers.