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Do you know how to *safely* pop a bottle of bubbly? Hazards to avoid on New Years

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Posted at 11:01 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 23:10:24-05

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — Many of us will ring in the New Year with a celebration. But take care when uncorking that bottle of bubbly!
According to Doctor Tom Waters of the Cleveland Clinic, you could end up with an eye injury if you’re not careful.

“Avoid jostling the bottle before opening it. Hold it at a 45-degree angle, away from your face, and make sure you don’t point it at anyone else’s face. Those corks can come out at pretty high speeds – fast enough to shatter glass. So, it could obviously harm your eyes or anything else that it hits,” explained Dr. Waters.

According to the National Safety Council, experts estimate more than 400 people will die on U.S. roads during the new year holiday, and alcohol-impaired crashes are a major factor.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, Dr. Waters said for those of you who want to drink alcohol, remember that moderation is key.
He said it’s important to know your limits and always have a plan.
Make sure you have a safe ride home with a friend, relative, taxi, or ride-sharing service.

In addition to dangers on the roads, drinking too much alcohol can lead to poor judgment and injuries -- especially from falls.
And believe it or not, Dr. Waters says consuming too much alcohol when it’s cold outside can increase the risk for cold-weather-related complications.

“Drinking alcohol does put you at risk for dehydration, as a diuretic. And, if you’re going to be out in the cold celebrating, say New Year’s Eve, dehydration is also a risk for a cold injury, such as frostbite or hypothermia. So, you want to make sure that along with the alcoholic drinks you’re drinking, that you’re also staying hydrated.”

Another unexpected new year’s hazard is the flu. According to the CDC, flu season tends to peak between December and February. So, if you’re planning to attend a party, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. And if you’re not feeling well, just stay at home.