Tips for Drinking Safely November 10 2014

Whether you’re just turning 21 or you’re much older, drinking responsibly can be something of a challenge sometimes. Understanding the effects of alcohol and how to prepare yourself for them are part and parcel of drinking like an adult.

The main thing to keep in mind is the word “moderation”. Keep the amount of alcohol that you actually drink down to a level that seems sensible for you. Of course, your body weight, individual alcohol tolerance and whether or not you have any reactions to alcohol, such as Asian flushing, will play a part in being smart when you use alcohol.

Know What it Does

Alcohol impairs your judgment. If you’re going to go out and have a few drinks, anticipate this. You don’t have to be afraid and you don’t have to get out of control, just realize that your judgment will probably not be quite as sound as it was before you sat down and had a few drinks.

The way to make sure you are handling this responsibly is to arrange for the things you know you will need in advance. Transportation is the big one. Make sure you have some way of getting home that doesn’t involve you getting behind the wheel. If you can take this responsibility off your back, you’ll have a lot more fun at the watering hole.

Also, make sure you have something to eat before you go out so the alcohol hits you more slowly. Make sure you also take a little bit of extra money in case you do need to call a cab to get home.

Above all other things, if you think you may have had too much to drink to drive safely, you most certainly have had too much to drink to drive safely.

Know Your Limits

You should know your body well enough to know how you handle alcohol and where your limits are. If you do happen to have a very visible indicator of when you’ve hit your limit, such as the aforementioned Asian flushing or some other reaction to alcohol, consider that a good thing. It lets you know when you need to stop drinking, if you don’t make that decision beforehand.

Space out your drinks. If possible, plan out how long you plan to be out and budget your money accordingly. If you start running out of money before the night is over, you’re drinking too fast.

Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).