TOP TIPS FOR DRINKING AS PART OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Units and mixing
The amount of alcohol in drinks can be misleading, so be aware of how many units are in your drink. Many drinks now carry unit icons on the packaging or back labels. For example, a 175ml glass of wine at 12% Alcohol will contain 2 units, the same as a double vodka or whisky or a pint of traditional beer at 3.5%. However, many premium beers will be 4.5 % or above, increasing your intake by a unit a pint. Home pours of spirits are usually more generous than intended too. Also watch out for ‘top ups’ at friends – you can kid yourself that you’re still on the same drink – empty your glass first before having another drink, so you can keep more of a tally on your intake. For the unit content of the most popular drinks,
Arrange how you’re going to get home before you go out – make sure you’ve got enough spare cash for a cab, take it turns for one of you not to drink and to be the driver for the evening or make sure you know the time of the last bus or tube home. Pace yourself If you are going to be drinking over several hours – either out on the town or at friends, you could consume much more than you realise. A great way to stay on top is to alternate soft drinks or water with each alcoholic drink. Alcohol is dehydrating, so water or long refreshing pacers make a big difference - especially if you’re dancing and using energy! Getting home Recent polls show that over 30% of us have taken risks or got into an uncomfortable situation by either going home after a night out on our own or with a stranger. Don’t risk it!… never leave your drink unattended in bars and clubs or accept drinks from complete strangers.
A quick bite
It’s very tempting, especially if you’re going out straight from the office, not to eat. Having a quick sandwich or bowl of cereal before you go out will line your stomach and alcohol will not be absorbed so quickly into the blood stream.
Look out for each other
Recent polls show that over 30% of us have taken risks or got into an uncomfortable situation by either going home after a night out on our own or with a stranger. Don’t risk it!… never leave your drink unattended in bars and clubs or accept drinks from complete strangers.
Having friends over
If you’re mixing your own drinks, make sure they’re not too strong – home pours are usually much larger and glasses bigger too. Use plenty of ice and fruit in drinks or use exotic mixers. If guests are mixing their own, have a spirits measure to hand. Check back labels to choose drinks with lower alcohol content and there are some delicious recipes for nonalcoholic alternatives too. Make sure your nibbles and snacks are substantial, watch out for salty snacks as they make you want to drink more! Offer water and imaginative low alcohol or soft drinks, especially if your friends are driving home. If you’re worried a guest has drunk too much, make sure they can get home safely – have the number of a reliable cab firm to hand – arrange for someone to take them home, or offer them a bed for night if needed.
Party planningWhen you’re having a party, you want your friends to have a great time, naturally. However you want to be a responsible host too, so here are some simple tips to make sure you all have a good time without things getting out of hand:
If alcohol is served, keep an eye on the size of measures – don't be too generous and try to stick to pub measures and smaller glasses.
Safer Summer Holidays
Whatever your age, if you’re going away for sun, sea and well, whatever, have a great time - just try and remember these simple tips:
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