How to drink responsibly

Ah – it’s finally Friday! Which means it’s finally the weekend. The thing we’ve been most excited for all week. As the weekend approaches, this usually means that most of us will hvae a drink, or a few. But if you’re one of those people who are partaking in consuming alcohol, I”ll be giving a few tips on how to drink responsibly.

  1. Have a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks (alcohol dehydrates the body)
  2. Eat before or during consuming alcohol. Food makes the body absorb alcohol more slowly.
  3. Pace yourself. Take smaller sips rather than big gulps.
  4. Monitor how much alcohol you’re drinking and what you’re drinking.
  5. Know how to refuse a drink.
  6. Drink with a group of friends – they can keep an eye out for you.
  7. Don’t drink if you’re not in a positive mindset – alcohol is a depressant, consuming it can cause your emotions to worsen.
  8. Don’t leave your drink unattended
  9. Talk with your doctor before consuming alcohol to ensure it is okay to mix alcohol with your prescription(s).
  10. Have a plan in place for a ride home. Whether this be a taxi, a family member or friend picking you up, or having a DD (designated driver).

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Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.

 

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