Okay, there, I've said it – not everyone will be drinking on New Year's Eve. Quite a few will, of course - it's the last party of this year and the first party of the next! The rest of us will be working (yup, that's me), sleeping, travelling or potentially just celebrating extremely responsibly.
While the aptly named silly season does leave a few of us feeling worse for wear when the New Year rolls around, this is a list to help you get to 2014 hydrated, well-rested and perhaps even with a little more money in your pocket. Now there's a great way to start a year.
1. Have a reason. I'm not saying you ought to need one, but that every man and his dog will expect you to have one, so it'll make your life a lot easier if you've got a few at the ready. I usually say I had a big night the night before – add a sheepish grin and a shake of your head, perhaps even a shrug, indicating you're too much of a party animal to hold off the night before one of the biggest parties of the year. Such is life, you old social butterfly you.
2. Have other delicious beverage options available. Take a few fresh ginger ales – I recommend Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost – or try a summery mixer, such as pomegranate juice with freshly cut lime wedges and soda water.
3. Have a sobriety buddy. This is not always possible, but a real winner if you do. You'll feel good knowing there is someone else around to order waters with.
4. Have fun! This might take a bit more effort than you realise, especially once those around you have taken the edge off their self-restraint and are happily throwing their arms around each other, swaying and fumbling through a karaoke session, and you're not quite on the same wavelength. But kick off your shoes and cut loose – after all, no one around you will remember it.