Alcohol Consumption During the Holidays
The holiday season is nearing! Before you get fully invested in preparation and party-planning there are a few things you should be aware of with the alcoholic beverages that you plan to serve at your event.
As with everything, alcohol should be consumed in moderation. There are lots of hidden calories and the cursed hang-over into the next day if you’re not careful. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you indulge in your holiday celebrations:
Nominate a DD
Whether you are attending an event or hosting one, always keep in mind that your guests need to be as safe as possible when returning home. You could reserve someone that you know personally to act as the designated driver in the event that someone is overly intoxicated to make the trip home by themselves. If you are going to attend an event, then either notify a friend or family member so that they will know where you are in the event that they have to pick you up. If you are attending an event as a group, then come to an agreement among each other to nominate a designated driver. If circumstances are dire, choose a cab, Lyft or Uber to get you home.
A trick to help prevent a next-day hangover would be to alternate your alcoholic beverage with a glass of water. After one glass of alcohol, drink water and keep the pattern going throughout the night. Alternating with water will help you to slow down on drinking too much. What you put in your own cup is for your own health, no one has to know what you’re drinking. Maintain your cognitive abilities just in case you have to assist someone who has over-indulged.
Before attending an event, make sure you know how many drinks you are going to have ahead of time. This will help you spread out the number and maintain a sense of control. Stick to the number that you planned ahead of time, and if you are attending with a friend or family member, then inform them of your drink limit. They could help to enforce the alcoholic beverages that you decide to drink.
Always remember that alcohol is fun but it can be dangerous. Always practice safe drinking and never get behind the wheel if you’ve had too many drinks.