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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ways to stay safe over New Year's

So you've got your beer sorted, your camping buddies, someone has a car and you're all ready to hit the beach on New Year's Eve. Great!

Here's some ways to ensure your night to remember, doesn't end up being remembered for the wrong reasons:
  • Have a drinking buddy and watch out for each other.
  • Ladies, try to stay in a group - predatory guys can take advantage of drunk girls.
  • Keep your cellphone on you.
  • Don't drink and drive - the Police will be out in force on New Year's Eve. (Also, it's just dumb.)
  • Similarly, don't provoke the Police or hang around if a fight is breaking out - just walk away. Don't give them any excuse to arrest you.
  • Watch out for alcohol-free zone bylaws - some public places such as parks or busy main streets may have them.
  • Mixing herbal/chemical highs and alcohol can be dangerous - do one or the other, but not both.
  • Avoid mixing spirits and beer / wine unless you want a killer hangover!
  • Drink a glass of water before bed to minimise your hangover in the morning.
By following a few common-sense guidelines, you'll ensure you have a fantastic holiday and are ready to do it all next year! Happy Christmas and New Year's, everyone!


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