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Doc Talk | Staying safe during New Year's Eve celebrations

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New Year’s Eve is right around the corner.

And while for many, the new year represents a fresh start and clean slate, the night before tends to mean lot of drinking and sometimes bad decisions.

CBS21’S Lara Greenberg spoke with doctors about their best advice for a safe new year.

Doctors say New Years Eve has one of the highest rates of car accidents out of any day of the year.

Unfortunately, it makes sense.

Lots of people are behind the wheel who shouldn’t be.

But drinking and driving isn’t the only safety concern for New Year’s Eve.

You don’t need a doctor to tell you that drinking and driving is bad.

“If you had more than one or two drinks, you definitely are impaired even though you think you’re safe to drive,” says Dr. William Nasuti, family physician at Geisinger Holy Spirit

But you may want to hear from a doctor about all the other things drinking is bad for, especially as we head into one of the biggest drinking nights of the year.

“I have a couple people that fell and they’re paralyzed because they were drunk or doing drugs,” he says.

It all depends on how you hit your head, neck or back.

He also says be weary of fireworks on New Year’s.

With long coats and baggy outwear, you could catch on fire.

Also be aware of those champagne bottles you may be inclined to pop.

“If you have people who are popping off champagne bottles. If you have a flying projectile object hits you in your eye, you could have traumatic trauma to your orbit and lose an eye.”

Ultimately, it all comes down to being smart.

“Drink moderately, be safe, spend the night wherever you’re at and don’t drink and drive,” he says.

And of course, if you do find yourself in trouble on New Year’s Eve, call 911.

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