Drinking alcohol is a social pastime that has become deeply ingrained in our culture. While it’s perfectly normal to unwind with a drink or two at the end of a long day, excessive drinking can have detrimental effects on our physical and mental health. Not to mention the risks of legal trouble or dangerous behavior that can occur if we drink too much, too fast. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up drinking altogether. The key to maximizing enjoyment while still being responsible is moderation.
So how can you make sure you’re drinking to the best of your abilities? Here are five tips that will help you drink smart and get the most out of your experiences without going overboard.
1. Know your limit – Before going out, make a mental note of how much alcohol you can comfortably handle without getting too drunk. Make sure you stick to that limit throughout the night.
2. Pace yourself – Sipping on a drink for an hour, as opposed to quick and large gulps can help you pace yourself and help identify when you’re reaching your limits.
3. Eat before drinking – The importance of eating before drinking cannot be emphasized enough. Eating a hearty, balanced meal before drinking helps your body absorb alcohol more slowly, reducing the chances of getting drunk, reducing the chances of getting hangovers, etc.
4. Alternate with non-alcoholic drinks – Switching between alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night is a great way to stay hydrated and prevent getting too drunk too quickly.
5. Choose your drinks wisely – Finally, choose drinks that are lower in alcohol content. It is also important that you consume drinks from establishments that are regulated and licensed, safer, and containing minimal alcohol.
Ultimately, responsible drinking is key to having a great night out with friends, family or colleagues. Keep these tips in mind when going out and you will likely find that moderation is the key to maximizing your enjoyment. Also, remember to always be mindful of your surroundings, pace, and ATM card access to avoid making unwise decisions.