Warnings and Resolutions for the New Year
New Year’s has always been a time for looking back to the past, but more importantly, looking forward to the coming year. It’s a time for resolutions—a time during which people make the effort to rid their lives of unwanted indulgences, such as bad habits or something more life-altering, like an alcohol or drug addiction.
New Year’s Eve, however, is a night of temptation, where individuals who don’t normally drink – especially young adults – feel compelled to have a few drinks in celebration. Or others struggling with an alcohol addiction can hide their problem in the midst of everyone’s drinking.
Alcohol abuse – even if for only one night – brings with it an increased likelihood of risky behaviors, such as:
- Violence or increased aggression
- Promiscuity or risky sexual behaviors like unprotected sex, or sex with a stranger
- Long-term behavioral changes like not going to the doctor or poor eating habits
- Reckless driving decisions, like driving under the influence, not wearing a seat belt and speeding
Furthermore, New Year’s Eve is one of the most accountable days for alcohol related car crashes and deaths for young drivers.
- According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in the years 2000-2009, accidents occurring from midnight on New Year’s Eve through the following day were 150% higher than an average day’s accidents
- More people stand a chance of dying in an alcohol related crash on New Year’s Eve than any other mid-week evening in the winter
- While people believe that New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous time of the year to drive, it is also the holiday or event when they most frequently drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
This New Year’s Eve, be aware of the dangers involved for you and your loved ones and don’t forget to make a resolution and stick with it! Is there anything you should change? Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction and want to seek addiction recovery in the New Year? Call us toll free at 855-678-8337 today to begin your journey. Change is a process and there’s no better time to begin than the present. We are here to help.
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