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5 Steps to Drinking Moderately During the Holidays

Health Tips
Dec 24, 2020

Alcohol plays an important role in family gatherings and parties with friends. As the holidays draw closer, it pays to observe mindful drinking to ensure that you end every occasion sane, sober and safe. Here are five ways to enjoy the holidays while drinking moderately.

1. Think of the Company, Not the Drinks

How long has it been since you last saw your relatives and friends? Wouldn't it be nice if you could spend hours catching up with them? Focus on making memorable conversations with the people you came to see. In doing so, the intention to drink wanes and becomes insignificant to the whole activity.

2. Plan Ahead and Stick to Your Goal

Before leaving your house, plan for the inevitable. If you really must drink, restrict yourself to a number. So, if you decide to have one glass, stick to your goal. The reason you need to plan ahead of time is that there will always be that one person who won't take no for an answer. Let's say the host of the party insists that you try their expensive wine. One glass wouldn't cause you any harm, but don't go beyond that.

3. Don't Mix Drinks

Most parties offer free-flowing drinks, allowing you to snatch any bottle of your choice and drink no end. Don't give in to the temptation because mixing different drinks will make you feel sick and experience the worst hangover you can ever have.  

4. Drink Socially

Once you've picked a drink, find ways to achieve your goal of not going overboard. Set your own pace, even if everyone around you is swigging. Focus your attention on the people whom you're having a conversation with rather than on the glass in your hand. Ask a lot of questions since you haven't seen them for quite some time after all. Not only will this lead you to your goal, but it'll also re-establish the bond that you share with them.

5. Don't be Afraid to Say No

If you don't drink at all, everything will be much easier for you. You can easily decline an offer, and be unaffected by the bevvies strewn on the buffet table. It's the company, the endless hours of chit-chat and laughter, and the delicious Christmas dinner which the host or hostess painstakingly prepared that matter to you. 

Mindful moderate drinking doesn't require so much effort. Knowing your core self and sticking to these five steps are all it takes to enjoy the holidays without compromising your health and safety on the road.

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FAQs About Alcohol Drinking

What is an example of moderate drinking?

Moderate drinking is deciding to have one or two drinks and sticking to that goal. A moderate drinker cannot be easily swayed by others to have more than what their brain and body can take.

How do I tell someone I don't drink anymore?

Simply tell the other person that drinking hasn't done you any good in the past, so you'd rather not go back to the habit. If you want to be more discreet about it, just say that you'd rather not drink so that you can maintain a sound mind.

What are some good excuses for not drinking?

If others pressure you to drink even though you don't want to, tell them that you're allergic or alcohol gives you migraines. If they insist, tell them that your doctor instructed you not to drink.

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