Top Tips for a Safe New Year’s

No matter if you are the party host or guest this New Year’s Eve, below are the Top Tips for having a fun time and staying safe.

The mix of New Year’s Eve parties and alcohol can be a deadly combination. Here are the top tips to follow if you choose to drink.

  • Set a limit and stick to it!
  • Eat before you drink because food will slow down the absorption of alcohol in your bloodstream.
  • Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink.
  • Remember only Time will free the body from the effects of alcohol. Coffee, cold showers and exercise don’t speed up the process to sobriety.

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve Party with alcohol follow these tips to help your guests have a fun and safe time:

  • Always serve food that is protein-based like cheese and meat verses thirst-provoking appetizers like chips or other salty snacks.
  • Make it easy for guests to make frequent trips to the food table or pass around trays.
  • Plan the party to focus on people and events, not the drinking.
  • Offer non-alcoholic beverages and make them readily available for all guests.
  • If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base like fruit juice instead of a carbonated base because the alcohol will be absorbed slower.
  • Shut down the bar an hour before the end of the party and have non-alcoholic beverages available at that time.
  • If a guest has been over served, offer to drive them home or call a cab.
  • Recruit friends ahead of time who will not be drinking to help you make sure everyone has a safe ride home.

The choice is yours to drink on New Year’s. If you choose to drink, pay attention to the amount of alcohol you drink and set a limit. Here’s the low down on alcohol consumption.

A 12-ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5 ounce shot of 80 proof liquor all contain the same amount of alcohol. Each one-half ounce of alcohol takes the average body about one hour to process and eliminate. The Texas limit for blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) when you’re driving is 0.08%.  Texas is also a zero-tolerance state for underage drinking; any detectable amount of alcohol in drivers under 21 is a crime.

While a DWI conviction requires a BAC of 0.08% or above, any driver can be cited for “driving while impaired” by drugs or lower concentrations of alcohol. For more information about the penalties in the state of Texas, please visit

According to Kevin B. Lewis, chief executive officer of Southwest Florida Addiction Services. “A person who weighs 140 pounds will reach that limit (0.08%) with three drinks in an hour. Because a person may not feel drunk, they may not realize that their reaction time and driving skills are measurably impaired. Not eating properly, prescription and over the counter medications and fatigue can all enhance the effect of alcohol on an individual.“


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