Drinking can be fun, let’s be honest. But too much alcohol can lead to injury, accidents, serious embarrassment and long-term health problems. Follow this advice to drink safely.

Count your drinks

It’s easy to drink more than you realise. A standard drink is a can or bottle of mid-strength beer, 100ml of wine or a 30ml shot of spirits.

Drinks served in bars or restaurants often contain more than a single standard drink. yes, we get it – it’s tricky keeping track of the numbers. Especially when every glass is a different size and every type of drink has a different alcohol content. But, set yourself a limit and stick to it.

Eat before and while drinking

With food in your stomach you are likely to drink more slowly and the alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream at a slower rate.

So it’s a good idea to eat before you have your first drink, and while you are drinking.

Slow down your drinking

If you are going to drink, and we’re aware that sobriety in its fullest may not be the goal for everyone, try to make the drink(s) you allow yourself special – sip it and savour it. Take your time – slowing down is one of the handiest moderation tips going. The slower you go the better!

You can always say ‘No”

Even if you are committed to changing your drinking, “social pressure” from friends or others can make it hard to moderate. You’ll need to be able to deliver a convincing “no thanks.” Your goal is to be clear and firm, yet friendly and respectful.

No is not a dirty word, in fact, it’s one of the best where moderation is concerned.

Avoid drinking in rounds

One of the simplest tricks in the book. If you’re drinking, avoid rounds. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck in the loop of drinking at someone, or several someone else’s pace when you’re trying to moderate and slow your drinking down.

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