New Year’s Eve has traditionally been celebrated with a champagne toast at midnight. And yet, every year parties to celebrate the New Year seem to get bigger and start earlier. This can result in a lot more alcohol consumed before the stroke of midnight, putting you at risk for an alcohol-related accident or injury. The best way to avoid this is to drink responsibly, but we’ve put together a list of some of the most common reasons people end up in the ER on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with some more ideas to help you stay safe.
- Drunk Driving
New Year’s Day is the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes involving alcohol — half of all fatal crashes on January 1 involve a driver who was drunk. You should never drive drunk, so make sure you have a plan before you go out. You can designate a driver who will remain sober throughout the evening, or you can call a taxi, or use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft.
- Alcohol Poisoning
ER visits for alcohol poisoning increase on New Year’s Day — in 2015, New York City saw a 50% increase in alcohol-related visits to the ER compared to an average day. A good rule of thumb to help avoid alcohol poisoning is to drink one glass of water with every alcoholic drink, and to limit yourself to one drink per hour. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, confusion, slow or irregular breathing and becoming unconscious. If you see someone experiencing these symptoms you should seek immediate medical help.
- Accident Injuries
As your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises, so does the effects of alcohol on your nervous system, possibly resulting in impaired judgment, vision, and hearing, decreased coordination and balance, more risky behaviors and slower reaction times. All of these make you more prone to serious injury due to an accident—and we’re not even talking about motor vehicle accidents! Everyday accidents can result in several injuries that may need medical attention such as cuts that need stitches, serious sprains, or broken bones and head injuries. Because alcohol can decrease the amount of pain you feel after injury, if someone has a serious fall or other accident while drinking, they should seek medical attention.
This New Year’s Eve, Five Star ER encourages everyone to celebrate responsibly. However, if an emergency arises, you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, even over the holidays, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.
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About Five Star ER
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This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.