Rethinking Holiday Drinking: 4 Tips to Help You Ring in the New Year Safely by 30Seconds Health

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Rethinking Holiday Drinking: 4 Tips to Help You Ring in the New Year Safely

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) wants to educate people about “rethinking drinking” so they can ring in the new year safely. People are often surprised to learn about the actual alcohol and caloric content in their drinks, so they created this infograph:

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Here are some tips to keep in mind from the NIAAA if you host a holiday gathering:

  • Offer a variety of nonalcoholic drinks like water, juices, sparkling sodas. Nonalcoholic drinks help counteract the dehydrating effects of alcohol. Also, the other fluids may slow the rate of alcohol absorption into the body and reduce the peak alcohol concentration in the blood.
  • Provide a variety of healthy foods and snacks. Food can slow the absorption of alcohol and reduce the peak level of alcohol in the body by about one-third. It can also minimize stomach irritation and gastrointestinal distress the following day.
  • Help your guests get home safely. Use designated drivers and taxis. Anyone getting behind the wheel of a car should not have any alcohol.
  • Always be mindful of underage drinking. If you are a parent, understand the underage drinking laws – and set a good example.

Happy New Year!

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Elisa Schmitz
These are excellent tips, especially for parents of young adults. The infographic is really helpful to see how much alcohol is too much!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Such good tips! I'll be sharing this one!!
Dawn Taylor
I have always hated the emphasis on getting drunk as a goal for any occasion, but especially the hype around New Year's. Not for me. I will be working at a restaurant tonight and then crawling into bed sober hopefully by midnight! Happy New Year to all!! :) Stay safe!

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