Ringing In The New Year

Whether you are planning on partying it up on New Year’s Eve at Fremont Street, dancing the night away with DJ Kittie at Stargaze Party, or singing your heart out with Elton John at Caesar’s Palace, everyone wants to have a memorable night when ringing in the new year and Las Vegas is the place. While the Strip is shut down for the countdown and downtown turns into a party itself, there are also dangers and police all around to catch up with your good time.

Because of all the parties and socializing during the holidays many people are indulging in drinks and increasing the chances of driving while intoxicated.

Avoid Driving after Drinking. This is the most important rule of all for having a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. Driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 is illegal across the country. But the amount of alcohol it takes to get to that number depends on a variety of factors such as how fast you drink, weight, and sex so don’t fall into the trap of believing a specific number of drinks are safe. If you’ve had anything to drink, don’t get behind the wheel no matter what. Instead you can:

Designate a driver, plan ahead and pick someone dependable to be the sober designated driver. This means you can relax and have a few drinks without worrying about driving yourself home, just keep an eye on your designated driver!

Have a sleepover, Consider making plans to sleep where you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve, many nightclubs and events have special rates for hotel rooms. The best way to avoid an accident is to avoid the roads at all costs, but if you do have to drive remember to buckle up for safety and to avoid those costly seat belt tickets in case you do get pulled over!

Eat before you drink and alternate water with alcoholic drinks. Drinking on an empty stomach is always a huge no. Make sure to eat a full meal before drinking, and continue snacking while drinking. Eating while drinking will slow down the absorption of alcohol in the digestive tract. This gives the alcohol more time to metabolize in your body.

New Year’s season is one of the most fun and joyous holidays of the year. However, it is also one of the most dangerous days of the year so be safe and have fun this upcoming year.