No New Year’s Eve Nightmares: Kick Off 2022 Safely
New Year’s Eve is almost here, which means the new year will be kicked off with celebrations worldwide. These parties often include champagne and a list of other adult beverages. While these festivities are fun and dandy, they also bring a sobering amount of risk when not handled properly.
Due to the copious amounts of celebrating the holidays bring, there are a much higher number of drivers under the influence at this time, and more tragedies are just waiting to happen. This is why New Year’s Eve (and New Year’s Day) are two of the highest points in accident statistics.
If you are hosting, or attending, a New Year’s Eve party this year, consider these ideas to keep yourself, your fellow partygoers, and everyone else on the roads safer this year:
Limit the alcohol. You don’t have to have excessive amounts of alcohol to kick off the New Year. Consider hosting with other fun drink ideas like a hot chocolate bar, or with a variety of different coffees and add-ins.
Close up early. If you do serve drinks at your party, stop the flow of alcohol an hour or two before the party ends. This will allow the “buzz” to wear off for those who only had a drink or two, and will allow those who are truly under the influence to be fairly obvious by the time the party is ending. In other words, if you have any doubts about someone’s sobriety, don’t let them hit the road. Offer a couch or a spare room to sleep off their drinks, or offer to drive them home.
Plan ahead. Have a designated driver — it’s a great way to ensure safety for your New Year’s party. This could be a friend or family member who doesn’t drink, or you could use the other trendy choices like Uber or Lyft.