So you’ve completed your #SoberSelfie Challenge and now you’re ready to exercise some moderation when you hit the drink again.
Here are some tips to help you keep you’re cool when drinking:
- Pre-think your drinking. Just because you’re out doesn’t mean that you have to drink at all, or drink loads – take the time to check in with yourself how you’re feeling. If you’re a bit tired, or low, or under the weather, you might want to ease up.
- Quench your thirst first. Have a non-alcoholic drink first if you’re thirsty.
- Drink slowly. Take sips, not gulps.
- Drink from a small glass. Some wine glasses can hold several standard drinks.
- Be aware of exactly what you’re drinking. Remember that wine servings can be generous, that cocktails can have several shots in them, and that sweet drinks like cider and alcopops can contain a lot more alcohol than they may taste like.
- Try a low alcohol/non-alcoholic alternative. Rumour has it that some low alcohol beers actually taste like real beer.
- Eat before and while drinking, but avoid salty snacks, which will make you thirsty.
- Avoid getting into rounds or shouts. They can make you drink faster, and drink more, so that you can keep up with your friends.
- Avoid top ups. Drink one drink at a time to keep track of how much you are drinking.
- Get familiar with a standard drink again.
- Read up on low risk drinking guidelines.
- Check out some safe partying tips.
Help and support
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