It’s almost 2018, and New Year’s is one of the largest celebrations of the year. New hopes, new dreams, new resolutions – but as you prepare for the New Year, know that it is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. Alcohol flows like water on New Year’s and there will no doubt be a slew of Texans experiencing their first DWIs this year. We’re here to make sure you don’t – and if you do, we’re here to help you afterwards.
Here’s a short list of tips to help you prevent yourself from ending up in a jail cell when the countdown hits zero.
- First and foremost – don’t drink and drive! New Year’s is one of the days of the year with the highest rate of drunk driving. Prior to going out – prior to getting dressed – you should plan for alternative transportation. Download some ridesharing apps, save a web page with the bus/train schedule to your phone or designate a responsible sober driver.
- If you plan to drink, pace yourself. Many people follow the “one drink per hour” adage and think they are fine to drive as long as they don’t exceed that limit. But that rule is based on averages, and everyone reacts different to alcohol. Just because you follow the rule does not mean your BAC is low enough to drive legally. Even if it is, you may be more inebriated than you think. Alternate between alcoholic drinks and water, and pace yourself.
- Eat before you drink, and snack while you are drinking. Having food in your stomach can help prevent alcohol from absorbing too quickly, allowing it more time to metabolize in the body.
- Don’t fall for any myths about sobering up. Coffee will not help. A cold shower will not help. The only thing that can sober you up is time.
Stay safe, Texas, and Happy New Year’s!