New Year’s Safety Guide

Published 3:13 pm Sunday, December 31, 2023

As the year draws to a close and New Year’s Eve festivities beckon, Washington Parish officials, in collaboration with law enforcement, health professionals, and community leaders, are advocating for a heightened awareness around safe and responsible drinking. This proactive initiative comes in response to the traditionally increased prevalence of alcohol-related incidents during the holiday season, with a focus on preserving the safety and well-being of all parish residents.

Understanding the Risks: The joyous spirit of New Year’s celebrations often accompanies a rise in alcohol consumption, which can escalate into risks such as impaired driving, personal injuries, and other alcohol-related health emergencies. Recognizing these potential dangers, Washington Parish is engaging in a concerted effort to educate the community on responsible drinking practices and the importance of making safety a priority.

Planned Transportation: The emphasis on never drinking and driving is paramount. Residents are encouraged to plan their transportation in advance, be it through a designated driver, public transportation, taxi services, or ride-sharing apps. This planning is essential to ensuring everyone’s safe return home.

Mindful Drinking Habits: Monitoring and moderating alcohol intake is crucial. The parish advises party-goers to keep track of their alcohol consumption, suggesting tactics like spacing drinks and alternating with water to avoid excessive intake.

Responsible Hosting: Hosts are urged to adopt responsible practices, such as providing a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, ceasing alcohol service before the event concludes, and being prepared to assist guests with safe transportation arrangements.

Community Watchfulness: The concept of looking out for one another is being heavily emphasized. This includes staying in groups, watching drinks to prevent tampering, and being alert to the symptoms of alcohol poisoning, which demands immediate medical attention.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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