What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re headed to a party or staying in for the night, we want to ensure your New Year’s Eve is spent safely. Many people spend the evening celebrating at parties and drinking heavily, but it’s important to remember the side effects that accompany large quantities of drinking.
Even if you haven’t been drinking, try to stay off the roads on New Year’s Eve. Driving while intoxicated can even begin during the day on New Year’s Eve. Be wary of other drivers.
Never Drink and Drive
If you’re attending a New Year’s Eve party, consider leaving your car at home and taking a cab there and back. Or hire an Uber, a Lyft, or take public transportation. Have a friend who doesn’t drink? Talk to them about being a designated driver. Or try staying overnight at a friend’s house or booking a local hotel within walking distance from the party.
Alcohol impairs your senses and reflexes. Getting behind the wheel after drinking puts your life in danger, and endangers the lives of everyone else on the road.
If you have a friend who becomes deeply intoxicated while celebrating, letting them sleep the alcohol off might not be the right answer. They need to be monitored while they sleep. There have been fatalities because an intoxicated person vomits while sleeping and chokes.
Never mix alcohol and drugs, prescribed or not. This can result in serious side effects.
New Year’s Day
It’s a new year! Start 2019 off right by healing your body from the previous day’s activities, and setting good habits to carry with you into the new year.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Just like caffeine, alcohol is a diuretic and can quickly empty your body of necessary fluids. If you drank too much alcohol on New Year’s Eve, spend New Year’s Day replenishing your body by drinking water, herbal tea with lemon and honey, and fruit and vegetable juices.
There are a variety of foods that help cure hangovers. Eggs are one of the most common cures, due to their amino acid called cysteine. Bananas, crackers, and other light foods can soothe an upset stomach and give your body some needed nutrients.
Drinking excessively can weaken your immune system, but taking vitamins will help your body heal by replenishing depleted nutrients. Vitamins C and B and magnesium supplements are especially important after drinking.
Here at Trusted ER, we hope you have a safe and healthy 2019!