New Year’s Eve is a wonderful time to celebrate. It marks the transition from one year to the next and as such it earns our attention with resolutions, countdowns, and for some of us the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol. Here are our top five tips for responsible drinking this New Year’s Eve.
1. Party with at least one person who cares about your well-being.
You’re a social butterfly and meeting new people is one of your favorite things to do. But when you throw alcohol into the mix, it’s always good to be around someone you trust. Use a buddy system to ensure that you are safe this New Year’s.
2. Know your body and its limits.
It seems obvious, but it’s easy to lose track of how many units of alcohol you have consumed on a night like New Year’s Eve. Being aware of how many you’ve had and having the discipline to stop before you hit your limit will ensure a healthy start to the new year.
3. Stay hydrated.
Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that its natural effect on your body is to cause dehydration. Every unit of alcohol you consume(1 beer, 1 glass of wine, 1 shot of hard liquor) should be accompanied by a full glass of water. Keep that balance and you will be much less likely to experience a hangover the next morning.
4. Don’t drive.
You know that friend who just earned their 10 year AA chip? Have them take you home. Better yet, if at all possible, party somewhere within walking distance of your home. New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road.
5. Sleep it off.
It may feel like you had a good night's sleep, but if you got drunk, chances are you did not. Excessive alcohol consumption actually interrupts sleep patterns and reduces the quality of sleep. Take a nap. Your body will thank you later.