New Year’s is considered a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of friends and family whom we may not get to see too often. Decorations, food, dancing, and more takes place on one evening while everyone wishes on making their New Year’s goals happen the starting the next day. While New Years can be a fun time for many, there are also many dangers associated with it. New Years is considered a time where many experience a lack of willpower and impulse-control. Roy Baumeister, professor of social psychology at Florida State University and author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, described for U.S News the psychology behind New Year’s:
“Willpower is limited. It’s easier to tell yourself ‘not now’ than ‘never’, and so having an occasional time of indulgence makes self-control easier. Throughout history and around the world, most cultures have had festivals at which the ordinary rules were temporarily suspended.”
In this night of over-indulgence and lack of impulse control, here are some things to be very aware of:
Whether it’s you or others behind the wheel, drinking and drugs takes a toll on the road just as much as it affects everything else. Fox 59 states that there are a considerable number of drunk driving crashes on or around the holidays.
Many people take drugs such as ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, and more on New Year’s to “liven up the party” and feel more relaxed. However, the dangerous effects of these drugs can last long after consumption as ended – many people experience nausea, headaches, confusion, paranoia, anxiety, and more. Overdose is another potential danger because taking too much of an illicit drug could lead to convulsions, racing or slowed heartbeat, seizure, coma, and even death.
Alcohol use has been shown to lead to risky behaviors, such as sexual encounters, violent behaviors, illegal acts, and more. Always know what’s in your drink, and do not leave it sitting alone.
With large crowds and alcohol/drugs in the mix, people are more likely to be on edge and not thinking clearly. Risky situations can occur if a disagreement arises; always be aware of your surroundings and if you feel uncomfortable in any situation, leave.
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