The pros and cons of alcohol on New Year’s Eve

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – In just three days, we will be celebrating the end of 2014 and welcoming in 2015. While you celebrate the year that was, liquor stores are celebrating the business they get on New Year’s Eve.

“That’s our second busiest day of the year. And that’s when we probably sell more champagne than we do for the whole year, is the day before New Year’s,” said Aldenville Liquor Store Owner Jim Spano. He said their busiest day of the year is Christmas Eve, but on New Year’s Eve, they sell more beer, wine, liquor and all prices of champagne, especially in the early evening.

“I tend to get out early, you know, go get it and then come back home,” Danny Morales of Holyoke told 22News.

Liquor store owners told 22News the boost in alcohol sales on New Year’s Eve indicates that people are drinking at home. If people who are drinking stay home, that would make the roads safer for everyone else that night.

“Drive safe and if you are drinking, take a taxi home,” Jose Vasquez of Chicopee said.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving estimates more than 600 drunk driving deaths nationwide on New Year’s Day. Some people told 22News that danger is enough to keep them ringing in the new year at home.

“I hate it because I see people swerving on a little bit. I don’t like it. That’s why we don’t go out too much anymore,” Bob Minalga of Longmeadow told 22News.

Even if you are hosting a house party to avoid going out, you could still be responsible for how much your guests drink. If you plan on drinking at a house party, be sure to find a designated driver or make arrangements to stay the night.

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