With all the holiday hype already upon us, there can be a lot of pressure to plan a perfect New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Eve is one of the most festive nights of the year, but according to AVVO, it can also be one of the deadliest -- ranking just behind Christmas and Thanksgiving in terms of drunk driving collisions.
When planning a New Year’s Eve party, people want to make sure it's fun and memorable. This almost always involves alcohol, and while most intend to be responsible, sometimes things don’t go as planned. Here’s what party animals should know to avoid some of the biggest dangers and enjoy a safe and happy 2019.
Review Your Mental State
Before you hit the town or host a party, check in with yourself. The holidays can be crazy, and many people turn to alcohol to cope with stress and anxiety. Take stock of your mental state and try to be aware of any feelings you may be having about the holiday season. Are you nervous about going to a new venue or meeting new people? Have you overhyped this night as some defining moment in your social calendar? Make sure you are self-aware and understand that over participating in that all-night open bar will hurt you more than help you in coping with stress.
Don’t Drink and Drive - or Allow Anyone Else To
This is by far the most important rule for enjoying a safe and fun NYE. Driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher is illegal in all 50 states. Besides the obvious safety issues, failing to heed this can land you in serious hot water. Not only can you or your friend end up in jail, you may also face fines of $5,000 or more -- not to mention legal fees and other associated costs. Your best bet? Taking public transit, Uber/Lyft or having a designated driver so you can relax without worrying about getting home.
Make It a Sleepover
If possible, make plans to sleepover wherever you’re drinking. Consider hosting a sleepover party for friends and family to take driving off the table. Set up a key collection spot to discourage driving. Set up activities such as (non-drinking) games to take the focus off alcohol and serve lots of yummy food and offer wine and beer instead of liquor. If a night out is an absolute must for you, think about renting a hotel room or AirBNB walking distance to bars and clubs in your area so you can enjoy festivities without anyone getting behind the wheel.
Don’t Fall for Myths
Contrary to the old story, drinking coffee or an energy drink does not “speed up your metabolism” to make you sober faster. All it does is make you temporarily more alert which does not equal sobriety. The truth is that drunk people usually underestimate how intoxicated they are, especially in a crowd. Once someone is in that state, the only thing that will sober them up is time. As a rule of thumb, if you’ve had more than one alcoholic drink in the last hour, stay the night or get a ride.
No matter what your plans are, Spiffy wishes you a safe and happy New Year. If you’ve volunteered to be the designated driver, treat yourself to $20 off your first Spiffy wash or detail. Consider it a reward for a good deed!