While you aim to have the best, most bangin' New Year's Eve possible, the NYC Health Department wants to make sure you're healthy in 2016—starting at 12:01 a.m.—and noted that alcohol-related visits to the hospital are "more than double on New Year’s Day compared to the rest of the year."
Further, the Health Department says that ER visits "peak during the hours 1 to 4 a.m. during New Year’s Day." Here's a graph:
NYC Dept. of Health
Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett urged, "More than any other day of the year, New York City’s emergency rooms treat people for issues related to excessive alcohol consumption during the early hours of New Year’s Day. No one wants to spend their New Year’s in a hospital room. Avoid drinking excessively and watch out for your friends to keep them from hurting themselves or others."
And the DOH offered these "risk reduction tips for holiday revelers"
- Be conscious of how much alcohol you consume: it’s better to have one fewer drink than one too many
- Eat dinner before the celebrations and snack throughout the evening
- Pace yourself and if you choose to drink alcohol, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Stay well hydrated - drink plenty of water or a non-alcoholic beverage such as seltzer in between drinks