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COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL
How to plan a safe New Year’s Eve night out
New Year’s Eve is a popular night to paint
the town red. That popularity could sky-
rocket even further as the world says good-
bye to 2021 and ushers in 2022.
Many cities and millions of individuals
toned down their New Year’s Eve shenani-
gans a year ago, as the COVID-19 pandem-
ic made it hard to celebrate safely. But the
rollout of three effective vaccines has beck-
oned revelers out of their homes, and that
could make for an especially rowdy New
Fun might be the top priority on New
Year’s Eve, but safety must be in the mix as
well. As individuals make plans for a night
out this New Year’s Eve, it can help to keep
these safety tips in mind.
• Utilize a car service. Whether it’s a
ridesharing service like Uber, a taxi cab
or even a private limousine for large par-
ties, leave the New Year’s Eve driving to
the professionals. This ensures that no one
will drive after having too much to drink.
Even revelers who can control their alcohol
consumption should avoid driving if they
plan to drink. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a
person need not be legally impaired to ex-
perience impairment. Drivers with a blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 are
considered to be legally impaired. But the
NHTSA reports that a BAC of .05 can re-
duce coordination, lead to a reduced ability
to track moving objects, make it difficult to
steer, and produce a slower-than-normal
response to emergency driving situations.
• Go out for dinner first. Experts at the
University of Notre Dame’s McDonald
Center for Student Well-Being note that
having food, especially foods that are high
in protein, in your stomach prior to con-
suming alcohol will help slow the process-
ing of that alcohol. Someone who has not
eaten will typically hit a peak BAC between
30 minutes and two hours of drinking. But
someone who has eaten will typically peak
between one and six hours of drinking
depending on the quantity of alcohol con-
• Make a plan. Overconsumption of al-
cohol is not the only potential danger lurk-
ing on New Year’s Eve. Large crowds can
make it easier for friends to become sep-
arated, especially if they plan to visit more
than one establishment before or after the
clock strikes 12. When going out with a
group on New Year’s Eve, create an itiner-
ary, complete with meet-up spots, for the
entire night. This ensures anyone who gets
lost can easily find his or her way back to
the group. Individuals who are wandering
alone on New Year’s Eve may be vulnera-
ble to criminals who are looking to prey
on people whose inhibitions have been
lowered by alcohol and/or the festive atmo-
sphere of the night.
A rowdy New Year’s Eve may be on tap as
the world ushers in 2022. That likelihood
only underscores the importance of em-
phasizing safety when going out this De-
Family-friendly activities for New Year’s Day
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People spend so much time plan-
ning New Year’s Eve revelry that they
may not consider that they have an-
other day on the holiday calendar to
enjoy after the clock strikes 12. New
Year’s Day activities may differ sig-
nificantly from the countdowns and
parties of the night before, but that
doesn’t mean it can’t be equally enjoy-
Chances are children are home
from school for holiday breaks,
meaning New Year’s Day activities
should probably be family-friendly.
Check out these family-friendly ways
to spend New Year’s Day.
• Catch (or play) a football game.
New Year’s Day and football go hand
in hand, and families can likely find a
game on television to enjoy together.
Of course, it’s also fun to burn off a
few New Year’s Eve calories by playing
a game of football in the backyard on
• Host a New Year’s Day meal. Give
people plenty of time to recover from
last nights’s antics by inviting neigh-
bors or friends and their children
over for a brunch, late lunch or early
dinner. Potlucks are great for these
cause no one
will likely want
to cook for a
• Enjoy a
the day in
make a new
one movie for
watch and then cue up the streaming
service or dust off that DVD player.
Use holiday mugs for hot cocoa and
dig into any leftovers from holiday
dinners. If a marathon at home isn’t
up your alley, check out the showings
at a nearby theater and enjoy an after-
noon at the cinema.
• Take a hike. Enjoy the cold weath-
er up close and personal with a hike
in the brisk air. State parks or nearby
nature preserves may not be busy on
January 1, making them an even more
• Tackle an organizational project.
Get the whole family together and
take on a project that has been pushed
aside, such as organizing the garage
or cleaning out the refrigerator.
• Volunteer with a local charity.
Give back to the community and start
off the new year on a positive note by
volunteering as a family.
New Year’s Day presents an ideal
opportunity to spend time together as
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Happy New Year to one and all.
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