Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking
Alcohol is flowing freely throughout the festive period and it can be easy to drink too much. We all know that alcohol can lower your inhibitions which can cause us to do things or say things that we may regret later.
Our Top Tips to Safer Seasonal Drinking:
- Slow your drinking pace
It can be tempting to get those drinks down fast if you’re feeling nervous or want to get onto the next free glass of Prosecco before it runs out. Remember that the quicker you drink, the harder it is to stay in control. Slow down and control the pace of your drinking.
- Avoid rounds
Rounds can cause you to drink quicker than normal and go at the speed of the fastest drinker.
- Enjoy soft drinks
Alcohol dehydrates you, so have a soft drink as well as, or instead of, another alcoholic drink. This can also help slow down the pace of your drinking. Remember you won’t feel as bad the next day if you keep hydrated.
- Eat before drinking
Food helps to slow the absorption of alcohol, especially carbs and protein like pasta, potatoes and chicken.
- Watch your measures
…Or watch what your host is pouring you. When drinking at home, be conscious that measures might be bigger than you are used to or larger than a pub measure. If you aren’t sure, don’t rush on to another drink; maybe ask for something different instead. Punches and mulled wine can also vary in strength considerably so don’t assume you can drink the same amount whenever you drink them.
- Peer pressure
It’s very easy to feel peer pressure, whether at the office party or at home. If someone says you should have another ‘for the road’ or ‘another one won’t hurt’, it’s OK to say no or leave a drink untouched.
- Work parties
Enjoy going out with your colleagues this Christmas but remember that you will be seeing them again the next working day! Know your limits.
- Don’t drink and drive
If you’re going out, even just ‘for one’, don’t take the car. Never drink and drive. Remember alcohol content builds up in the body so you can still be over the limit travelling back from a party the next day.
- Get home safely
Download a taxi app or ask a member of staff in the venue for a local taxi number. If you’ve got a long wait for a taxi, stay somewhere safe and well-lit until your cab turns up, ideally with a friend. Don’t forget to always use a licensed taxi.
Have a Happy and Safe Christmas and New Year from Blenheim!