Health officials stress the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption over the holidays

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - With the new year just days away, local health professionals want to make sure that you don't start 2018 in a hospital bed with more than a headache.

Drinking alcohol is commonplace during most New Year's festivities, however, the effects of binge drinking can lead to some serious health issues down the line.

Doctors said that over the holidays and especially during the new year, they want to stress the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption.

Denise Miller, a Nurse Practitioner at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Care said, "The CDC also reports that approximately 88,000 people a year die from excessive alcohol consumption, whether it's all at one time or over years. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drinking really does harm you."

If you do find yourself out and about on New Year's, there are a few ways to stay in good health the next day.

Miller continued, "So, you really need to, if you're able, to put in as much water as you can. An anti-inflammatory if you can take it or Tylenol for headache. Make sure, a lot of times people won't eat and you need the nutrition."

Officials at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Care said they also see more alcohol-related visits during Spring break and the Fourth of July as well.