Getting together with a group of friends for a drink or two sounds like a great night out. But, what’s often meant to be a casual get-together can quickly turn into someone drinking way more than their fair share if you are not careful. This can happen to people who don’t know all of the common facts on how to keep themselves calm, cool and collected when drinking. If you want to drink responsibly, but aren’t sure how to keep it under control, below are a few tips to start you on your way.
Knowing how much alcohol your body can handle before drinking is the key to drinking responsibly. Knowing your limit can come from experience, but if you’re not sure, there are ways to gauge yourself. A clever way to figuring out your stopping point is spacing your drinks out. Take about 10 to 15 minutes between each drink and see how you feel after each one. It’s also important to know how much alcohol is in what you’re drinking to correctly gauge your body’s drinking limit. If you pace yourself properly, you should be able to figure out when you should bring your drinking to an end for the night.
Eating before going out drinking one of the most vital things you can do for yourself to stay under control and not become overly drunk. The reason for this? Food (carbohydrates especially) slows down the absorption of alcohol in your bloodstream. Drinking on an empty stomach will only make you feel the effects of alcohol quicker. It hits your bloodstream faster and in greater concentration, which in turn will make you feel much more inebriated than you would if you had eaten something beforehand.
As important as it is to eat before drinking, it’s just as important to drink water throughout the night while drinking alcohol. Since alcohol itself can dehydrate you, water restores your body from the vitamins that were lost. Alternating every drink with the same amount of water should keep you in shape and hydrated. Drinking a few glasses of water before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up can also stop a hangover from taking place the following morning.
While shots and drinking games seem like creative and enjoyable ways to bond with the people you’re drinking with, they’re not the best if you’re wanting to stay in control of yourself. You can easily lose track of how much alcohol you’ve had, as well as introduce too much alcohol into your bloodstream too fast. Shots, for instance, take no time at all to drink, but it takes your body longer to account for each one. Your body ends up taking in the liquor faster than your liver can process it, which makes for an all around bad time. Though they seem like one of the best ways to enjoy drinking, trust us- the shots and games just aren’t worth it.
If you follow these few tips for a night out on the town, you’ll see that drinking doesn’t have to become a hassle or regret come morning time. Staying smart, aware and responsible will make for a good time for you and everyone around.