New Years Eve

2014New Year’s Eve is perceived by some as an opportunity to get drunk and ridiculous. Or, drunk and morose – depending on your mood and whether or not you have someone to kiss at the stroke of midnight.

Now, the beginning/end of a year is an arbitrary time-keeping mechanism that we use to keep society going, as opposed to something symbolic of human kindness, rebirth, hope, thanks, reverence, or any noble human quality, as is the case with many other holidays. Is it odd then, how seriously we take this contrived moment, and how we wrap it with pointed, alcohol-focused celebrations?

It’s true that our society takes this arbitrary point on a centuries-old calendar, and celebrates the heck out of it. We do so by busting out the champagne, dancing, rockin’, partying and getting a bit crazy. Humorously, another place on the web calls it a designated day of drunkenness and debauchery.

We’ll use that embellished notion to provide a counterpoint that here, we’re sincerely and modestly plugging a culture of moderation – you know, making self-limiting decisions and good choices in regards to alcohol for a variety of health-enhancing reasons.

So perhaps it’s worth saying that on December 31st, when a combination of forces is prompting you to let loose, get wild and embody excess, maybe you could make your own arbitrary point, – maybe 2014 is the year that you change your approach, make a good decision, or undo a pattern.

Tracking your way to midnight could be a countdown to a new you.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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