Health Watch - Party Time: Champagne Safety

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It’s the season when our calendars are full of parties and festive gatherings. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about how to enjoy yourself without hurting yourself. Most of the dangers associated with drinking alcohol come after you’ve already had a few drinks, but there’s one thing you need to worry about before you take a drink: opening the champagne bottle.

The cork shooting out of the champagne bottle may look dramatic, but it can cause serious eye injuries. Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers some tips on uncorking the bubbly safely: First, chill the bottle thoroughly. The cork is less likely to explode from a cold bottle. Point the corked bottle away from people. Cover the bottle with a towel and twist the cork firmly to break the seal, then use downward pressure from your hand as you ease the cork out of the bottle.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/eyes to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in ophthalmology.

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December 2009


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