MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Water St. in downtown Milwaukee will be a hub of entertainment when the parties get underway on New Year’s Eve. But if you’re one of the many people expected to hit the bars and clubs to celebrate, there are some safety steps you need to take.
First and foremost, don’t drink and drive. But additionally, you need to be very aware of how bitterly cold it is outside.
“Though we typically think of alcohol as warming us up, it really does not do that. It gives us a sensation of heat, but what really is happening is the blood vessels in your skin are dilating and that actually lets off heat though it does give you a sensation of heat while that’s happening,” said Dr. Ian Powell of Rogers Memorial Hospital.
That means you might feel warm, but your body’s actually at risk of serious injury if you’re out in the winter elements for too long and not dressed properly.