- The holiday season is around the corner, and it is more important than ever to practice responsible drinking habits.
- Alternate your alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones
- Be mindful of top-offs!
When it comes to Christmas and the New Year, people have a tendency of overdoing the toasts. This can lead to being drunk for weeks at a stretch. It also puts a lot of risk on people as they indulge in binge drinking. It is understandable that celebrating the holidays naturally comes with pouring another drink. However, reaching for another spiced winter ale or a cranberry martini can be pretty dangerous for a number of reasons, such as inappropriate behavior due to lowered inhibitions and drunk driving. Moreover, binge drinking also comes with holiday heart syndrome, which can result in a greater risk of stroke during holidays.
Therefore, if you wish to enjoy your holiday season without letting go of alcohol altogether, here are some tips that can help you keep your drinking in check!
- Keep A Number In Mind
The very first thing to remember is the recommended dietary guidelines when it comes to drinking. It is two drinks a day for men and one for women. Therefore, before you take the very first sip of your favorite cocktail, you must decide on a number of drinks you will have and stick to it. Moreover, if you do not drink very often, you will likely have a much lower tolerance for alcohol. Therefore, you should not underestimate the effects of alcohol and stick to the limit.
- Be Mindful Of The Pouring
Remember that a standard drink comprises of 5 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of liqueur or distilled spirits and 12 ounces of beer. Heavy-handed servers or oversized glasses can increase the content of alcohol more than you might think. It is especially easy to overfill wide wine glasses. Therefore, be mindful of the pouring at all times.
- Pace Yourself
You must pace yourself with soft drinks, water, seltzer, and other non-alcoholic drinks with your cocktails. You can also go for mocktails and non-alcoholic wine or fruit beer to alternate with the alcoholic drinks.
- Watch The Top-Off
Social etiquette plays a huge role in social events, particularly when there is drinking involved. Therefore, if, for instance, you and your friends decide to share a pitcher of beer, some friends might top off your glass as a result of social etiquette. This can become challenging for you to monitor your consumption. The same goes for wine because it usually flows freely in events with servers refilling glasses. So, you might feel like you are on your first drink, whereas you might already be on your third.
- Check The Labels For Wine
Go for less alcoholic wines! Standard wines usually have an alcohol content of 12%. However, sparkling wines have half that content. Alternatively, you can also combine wine with fruit juice or sangria with less alcohol.
As is evident, these few easy tips and tricks can help you enjoy the holidays in a much more sober yet enjoyable manner. Following these rules can help you avoid a lot of embarrassing incidents and kick-off the new year with a bang!
Himanshu is a law student who lives in Delhi. He caught the writing bug a few months ago and has been unstoppable ever since. He enjoys traveling, coffee, and the company of like-minded people.