New Year’s Eve Tips for Indian River County

Indian River County New Year's Eve tips for Sebastian and Vero Beach.
Indian River County New Year's Eve tips for Sebastian and Vero Beach.

SEBASTIAN – New Year’s Eve in Sebastian and Vero Beach will be busy with entertainment, food, and drinks as people say goodbye to 2016 and toast to 2017.

The most important tip we can offer is, please don’t drink and drive. People from all over Indian River County will be celebrating one of the most memorable nights this year. And, that often involves drinking alcoholic beverages.

Almost half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are related to drinking and driving, according to national statistics. In some counties, the number increases.

Plan ahead and have a designated driver or Uber. Some cab companies in Vero Beach and Sebastian are offering a free ride home. But don’t wait on that. Plan ahead.

The best practice is to drink no more than once per hour so the liver can metabolize the alcohol. Try to drink water between drinks, which will keep you hydrated. Alcohol dehydrates the body, causing bad hangovers in the morning.

While drinking water between alcohol drinks, try to keep food in your stomach throughout the night. Drinking water doesn’t cut your buzz between alcohol beverages. This will keep you at the right pace.

Choose light liquors because they are cleaner with fewer fillers. Dark liquors will cause the most severe hangovers because they have a higher concentration of toxins. Vodka is light, and so is Patron if you drink tequila.

There’s a myth that coffee will sober you up. It does not. The caffeine will only speed up the alcohol’s metabolism.

So, instead of the coffee before the ride home, it’s better to wait it out or drive with someone else. It’s better to call a cab than risk your life or someone else.

Earl’s Hideaway in Sebastian is giving away pizza to their New Year’s Eve patrons after Midnight.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.