The dangers of alcohol abuse are very real, but millions of people all over the world enjoy alcohol safely every day. For some people, alcohol is harmless in moderation, and can be a routine part of social events. The right approach is to always make sure that you’re drinking responsibly. These 10 tips for drinking alcohol responsibly can help you to make sure that you’re in control of your drinking, and not the other way around.
Be Smart – Follow These Tips and Drink Responsibly
While drinking too much can be dangerous, you should be safe as long as you take care of yourself and drink responsibly. Remember that your safety is the most important thing, and when in doubt, exercise caution. Be smart, take it easy and stay alive.
- Use the “buddy system.” Have a plan for your evening before you go out drinking, and make sure that at least one of your party is a designated person who knows their limits—or doesn’t drink to begin with—who can help keep an eye on everyone else and alert you if you might be drinking too much. This buddy can also do double-duty as the designated driver for the group!
- Know how you’re going to get home. Once you’ve had a few drinks, your judgment is often impaired, so it’s important to have a plan in place for how you’re going to get home. Whatever you do, never drive drunk, and never get into a car with someone who’s had too much to drink, or with a stranger. It’s a recipe for trouble.
- Know your limit. Everyone has a different tolerance for alcohol. Know how much it takes for you to get drunk, and don’t go over that amount.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach. The emptier your stomach, the faster the alcohol will travel through your system, and the faster you’ll get drunk, and the more likely you are to get sick. Foods that are high in protein and carbs will help slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
- Check with a doctor before mixing prescriptions. Most prescription medications that have adverse effects when combined with alcohol will have warnings on the label, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re taking prescription medications of any kind, always check with your doctor before drinking.
- Obey the law. Don’t drink if you’re underage, and follow any other applicable laws, such as laws regarding open containers or public intoxication.
- Stay hydrated. Alcohol can quickly dehydrate you and also leach vitamins from your system. Dehydration is a major cause of hangovers, so keeping yourself hydrated can help ensure that you’ll feel better in the morning.
- Pace yourself. It takes time for alcohol to absorb into your system, so you won’t feel its effects immediately. While you may feel up for another drink right away, in a few minutes when the effects of that last drink kick in, you might think twice. Roughly one drink per hour is a good rule of thumb.
- Know what you like. While it’s always good to try new things, you should drink to enjoy the experience, not to get drunk. Know what drinks you like, and if you are experimenting with a new drink, take it easy until you get used to it.
- Stop drinking if you feel sick or uncomfortable. When drinking, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and go overboard. If you start to feel nauseous, sick, or otherwise uncomfortable, it’s time to take a break or find a safe ride home.