The holiday season is usually a time of fun, frolics, and revelry, but a few too many drinks can quickly turn the fun into a nightmare. Unfortunately, many people underestimate the effect alcohol can have on the mind and body,especially those who are not used to prolonged drinking in a short period of time. It is possible to control youralcohol intake and still have a fabulous time, so take a look at these 10 Simple but Surefire Tips for Responsible Holiday Drinking:
1. Know Your Limits – Chances are that when the drinks start flowing, you will quickly forget about your limits.It’s wise to stick with a responsible friend who will make sure you won’t get intoxicated.
2. Eat Before, During, and After – It’s a well-known fact, eating before you drink can reduce the rate at which you become intoxicated. If it
helps, you should ideally eat during and after your night out in order to reduce the negative effects.
3. Don’t Drink for the Sake of It – You should only drink when you really want to. Don’t accept another vodka shot just because your friends did.Consider alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones.
4. Slowly but Surely – Your responsible drinking regime can be enhanced by taking your drinks slowly. Have you ever noticed how a glass of water can last for hours? Well you should be aiming to do this with alcohol too.
5. Alcohol and Medication Are a Deadly Mix – If you are on medication then get a friend or loved one to make sure you don’t drink during that night. Don’t be fooled by thinking that if you abstain from your medication on the day you are OK.
6. Don’t Leave Your Drink Unattended – Leaving your drink unattended can ruin your night and possibly put you in danger. You won’t have to worry if you are just with your family or friends, but if you are in a club, drink spiking does happen.
7. Don’t Know It? Don’t Take It – The strong flavors of many fruit based drinks mask the amount of alcohol they contain, so you don’t realize how many units you are consuming. Don’t be deceived – stick to what you know this Holiday Season.
8. Keep Alcohol Secondary – Alcohol should be the accent to an event, not the reason for it. Social occasions in the holiday season should be about friends, family and having a good time, not being so drunk you can’t remember what you did.
9. Stay Away from the Doubles – Doubles are going to make you doubly drunk. That’s the general rule of thumb, so stick to singles and pass on the doubles.
10. Stay Home when Ill – Illness makes you weaker in mind and body. The rule for responsible drinking when ill is simple – abstinence is best.
Surely, the memories you want of the holiday season are warm, fuzzy ones, ones of joy at spending time with people you care about, not ones of hangovers, sickness, and embarrassment, so please drink responsibly this Holiday Season.