Safely ring in the New Year

Whether you’re celebrating the arrival of 2023 at home or out on the town, your New Year festivities can be fun and safe with tips from our experts.

Close up shot of a lit sparkler.Toasting to 2023

If you plan to celebrate New Year’s Eve with alcoholic drinks, remember that alcohol impacts your body the same way, no matter what time of day or night you are drinking. Dr. Sara Andrabi, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shares how to manage health risks and safety concerns while drinking.

Also keep in mind that the only way to prevent a hangover is to not drink. Dr. Stephen (Alex) Harding, assistant professor of emergency medicine, offers tips so you can feel your best on New Year’s Day.

Use caution with fireworks and other celebratory noisemakers

New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to celebrate with a fireworks display, but they must be handled properly to prevent injury to you or others. Jessica Smolik, instructor and nurse practitioner in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, has some tips to keep in mind.

In many cultures and geographic regions, it’s customary to shoot guns into the air to celebrate New Year’s Day. Dr. Chad T. Wilson, trauma director and acute care surgery section chief at Ben Taub Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Baylor, breaks down myth versus fact when it comes to “celebratory gunfire.”

Additional Resources

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By Anna Kiappes

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