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Avoiding Hangovers: Party Goers and Givers

If you’re hosting a party on New Years Eve or New Years Day, you have the responsibility to not get your guests so drunk that they cannot drive. If you do have a guest who appears too drunk to drive, it is your legal obligation to take away his or her keys and 1)call a taxi  2)ask a non drunk guest to drive them home or 3) let them sleepover.

As the host, it’s best — if possible — to not let people pour their own drinks. Do you have a friend who would like to have the role of responsible bartender? That would be the best solution if you could not afford to have a professional bartender on hand.

If you don’t have anyone to pour, then don’t put out all the alcohol at once. If people see 10 bottles on the table, they will think it’s a free for all. If they see 2 or 3 bottles on the table, they will pace themselves.

Have a variety of other beverages as well as pitchers or bottles of water, soft drinks,  juices and hot coffee.

Serve food and serve it fast. If you put out drinks, put out food not just munchies. Don’t wait until later to bring out the food. Have a good assortment of protein such as deviled eggs, ham or turkey, cheese platter or quiche, meatballs. Protein absorbs alcohol.

Inform guests ahead of time and during the party about the no driving drunk rule and how you plan to handle it if they do become too intoxicated.

After the midnight toast, remove the alcohol. Serve coffee or hot chocolate with whipped cream and desserts.

Avoiding hangovers

As a party goer, consider drinking in moderation. When that doesn’t work:

Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water during the day and during the party. If you drink a beer, drink a glass of water. Before going to bed, drink two glasses of water and take an aspirin. You have no idea how beneficial this can be.

Don’t mix alcohols. If you start out by drinking wine, don’t switch to gin. You’ll be sorry.

A few days before (start now) New Years Eve, start taking mega doses of vitamin B. I don’t know the science behind it but it works comparable to visiting a high elevation.

Here are some other tips.

Lastly, if you do drink, do not get behind the wheel. You will endanger yourself, your passengers, and other innocent victims on the road.

  1. Thanks for the suggestions Karyn. Good reminders.

    Besides lost lives, a DUI can really cost you! I recently heard AAA estimates the average DUI conviction can cost between $11,000 and $13,000, including fees, higher insurance costs, bail and fines.

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