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Alcohol | Staying Safe

Christmas is here and it is the perfect time to make the most of the party season. Alcohol will not be in short supply so how can we make sure we drink safely over the holidays?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provide some pretty helpful guidelines to help us stay at a safe level - those levels are different for male and female body types as we process alcohol slightly differently:

  • For females - three or fewer drinks per day and less than 7 drinks per week.

  • For males - four or fewer drinks per day and less than 14 per week.

There are other factors that can come into play, such as age, medications, health and more, so it may be worth speaking to your primary health care provider if you have any questions about what might be right for you.

However, there will be times when we know we might exceed these guidelines, especially at this time of year, so what can we do to make sure we stay as safe as possible?

Here are our top tips!

  • Eat first - before you start drinking make sure to have had a proper meal and keep snacking throughout to keep yourself steady.

  • Water, water, water - drinking water alongside your alcoholic drinks will help keep you hydrated combating the dehydration caused by alcohol. Drinking coconut water or drinks with added electrolytes at the end of the evening can also help with this.

  • Know yourself - pay attention to how you feel, when you start to feel buzzed, enjoy the feeling and lay off the alcohol rather than drinking more.

We want everyone to have the best possible time during the holidays and sticking to these tips and guidelines will mean that there will be more days having fun and less recovering with a headache on the couch!

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