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The holidays seem to have a way to increase our alcohol intake. Maybe it’s all the holiday parties for work and/or family and friends. Maybe it’s to relieve stress. Or, perhaps you’re just drinking your blues away. Whatever reason you may have for throwing a couple back this time of year isn’t the issue. It’s how much alcohol you’re consuming that is.
Hopefully, as an adult, you realize the consequences of binge drinking. Waking up the next day with a massive hangover could be the least of your problems. You could make a jackass out of yourself, hook up with someone you shouldn’t have, or even do something utterly stupid like drive home drunk.
This isn’t some PSA or anti-drinking rant, it’s about preventing you from drinking too much. There’s nothing wrong with having a couple of drinks, especially this time of year. With that in mind, here are five great tips on how to avoid holiday binge drinking.
5. Eat Before You Drink
Not only will food help absorb the alcohol, having a full stomach will curb your desire to drink quickly. Also, remember to stay away from the salty snacks when drinking. Salt makes you dehydrated, so you may want something to quench your thirst. However, washing those pretzels down with a beer adds to the dehydration, since alcohol also dehydrates you. If you do have something salty to eat, drink some water instead.
4. Slow Down and Pace Yourself
There’s no race when you’re out and drinking. You’re not in college anymore, so, when you’re drinking it shouldn’t be how much you can drink in the least amount of time. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Also, there’s no shame in taking a break from alcohol. Either switch to something non-alcoholic or take some time off altogether. As they say, slow and steady wins the race.
3. Know What You’re Drinking
Be cautious of mixed drinks or alcopops, especially if you’re not used to drinking them. They have more alcohol in them than you may be aware of. And, since theses type of drinks are sweeter, you’ll probably drink them faster. But, it’s just not the mixed drinks that may get you, it could also be something that you’re not used to drinking. If you drink beer, and switch to wine, you’re tolerance may be lower since you’re not used to consuming wine. In short, you should know exactly what you’re drinking before it’s too late.
2. Avoid Shots and Peer Pressure
Shots every now and then can be fun, but they can also be disastrous. A shot can hit you hard and fast, especially if you’re already been drinking. So, it’s probably just a better idea to steer clear of shots. And, there’s really only one reason why you would be taking shots anyway. Everyone is doing one. This type of peer pressure is one of the biggest causes of binge drinking. No matter how difficult it can be, don’t cave into peer pressure. You’re a man and you shouldn’t fall for such juvenile attempts to get you to do something idiotic.
1. Stay Active
If you’re just sitting or standing alone you’re going to be more inclined to just keep on drinking. Instead, stay active. You could start a conversation, dance, play pool or shoot darts, depending if they’re available. Whatever you decide to do, just find something to keep you busy. The more active you are, the less you’re going to drink.