With the holiday season in full swing, it's the most wonderful time of the year for many people. Family gatherings, parties and events, gift-giving, delicious goodies and, in many cases, free-flowing alcohol. Searching for an Asheville alcohol rehab center in 2018? Contact Legacy Freedom today.
Some people think holiday parties without alcohol are a travesty. Social settings often have alcohol in unlimited amounts. Unfortunately, alcohol-related deaths and accidents are at an all-time high this time of year. Drinking at a holiday party causes heavy drinkers to partake too much. It's easy to consume more than normal in a setting where everyone's having a good time, relaxing, and spending time together. That's why it's important to learn how to manage your alcohol intake this time of year.
Did you know that one drink is considered 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits? That means, most typical pours of wine could be at least a serving and a half. Depending on who's pouring, it could be up to two. The same goes for liquor. Most drinks that made at an in-home party contain at least 2 ounces of liquor or more. This alone will lead to over drinking before you even realize it.
Thankfully, there are several ways you can manage your alcohol intake without it seeming like you are draining the life out of your holiday season.
- If you're having a party at home, don't pressure anyone to drink. This will help keep you in check, as well.
- Whether you are attending a party or having one at home, make sure you bring or offer a non-alcoholic beverage. This will help offset drinking.
- Either stop serving or consuming alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
- If you're starting to feel buzzed, stop drinking immediately. Also encourage other guests who may be drunk to stop drinking, as well.
- If you feel you've had too much to drink, drink water. It's a great idea to alternate one glass of water per drink. This will help keep you hydrated and also make you feel full. If you feel full you'll drink less.
- Set a limit for yourself before you attend the party. If you normally have three or four drinks, consider cutting it back to two.
- Also, consider limiting how many social parties you attend this year. It's possible you've gotten an invitation for three or four parties. Try only attending one or two. This can help you manage your alcohol intake for the season, as well.
- Drive yourself to the event. Don't get talked into spending the night, either. When you don't have to hold yourself accountable for getting home, you won't be able to limit your intake as easily.
- Be the designated driver. This will hold you accountable more than anything. If you know several people are relying on you to get them home safely, you'll be less likely to drink at all, or at least limit it to one or two drinks.
- Take a vow to cut alcohol out completely for the holiday season. If you feel stressed and anxious this time of year, cutting out alcohol will help you relax and enjoy this time even more.
- Before attending a party with alcohol, be sure to eat a full, well-balanced meal. Having carbs, protein and other nutrients will help you feel full and satisfied. You'll be less likely to drink excessively.
- If you know you're going to have a glass of wine or two, stay away from holiday-inspired drinks. Most party hosts will have eggnog, mulled wine or other festive options. They're likely to be spiked. Just because they are there, doesn't mean you have to partake. Or, if you'd like to have a glass of mulled wine instead of regular wine, do that. However, do not partake in both.
- If you've been making it a year-long goal to cut back on drinking, remember the progress you've already made. This can help you continue reducing how much you drink. Why ruin all of your progress for one or two events?
- Don't attend parties that might seem boring, awkward, or not your typical social setting. Anytime you feel out of place, shy, or bored, you'll be more likely to drink in excess in order to feel comfortable. Stay away from these types of parties, if possible. If you do have to attend a party where you feel uncomfortable, take a friend or family member with you. They will help you feel more at ease and will help you monitor your drinking.
- In any social setting or party this holiday season, take a sober friend with you. They can help you limit your intake as well as hold you accountable for reducing alcohol consumption, in general. They can be your conscience at a time where it might be lost. We know how difficult it can be in a social setting. Everyone's having fun and drinking freely. It's easy to get caught up in all of that. However, with the sober friend there, you'll be more likely to stay grounded.
We hope these tips help you have a great holiday without having to worry about consuming too much alcohol. Choosing to limit intake this time of year is the safest and healthiest way to enjoy the season!
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