We all talk about responsible drinking, but very few of us know exactly how hard it can be to practise it. Learning about different ways of keeping your alcohol intake in check is, most of the time, the first step to learning how to drink responsibly. However, there are a couple of things that one should consider when planning on doing this, and that includes seeking help from outside and personal responsibility.
Here are some tips on how to become a responsible drinker:
Always be mindful what you are drinking. Take the time to find out more about what standard drinks are and use them as a means of keeping a tab on how much you are drinking. Consider the alcohol content of each drink you take and make sure to space out the time between drinks.
In practice, if you are drinking shots, always remember that spirits generally have high alcohol content. Also, it is advisable that you space the time between shots so that you can feel the effects of the very first one before taking the next shot. When drinking high alcohol content drinks fast, it is important that you drink lots of water in between your drinks; this will help you stay well hydrated.
Do not drink and drive. Not to sound rude, but this is common sense and sort of sells itself. If you have to drive yourself anywhere, then do not drink more than recommended amount of alcohol for drivers (that is about one standard alcohol drink for women, and about two standard alcohol drinks for men on a full license. However, these laws are different for learner and provisional licenses and are also different in between states. Take the time to find out what your state’s laws stipulate). Alcohol is a depressant that slows down a person’s reaction speed - meaning that when you are needed to think and act fast, you probably will not be able to. If you have had a conviction you’ll know the issues DUI brings, so here are some tips on lowering your quotes.
In practice, if you are having a big night with your friends, discuss who will be the day’s designated driver – that is, the person that will offer to stay sober enough to drive you guys home. If there isn’t anyone who wants to be sober that night, then make sure that you carry cab money. Alternatively, you can leave an emergency stash of cash at home, so if anything unexpected should happen and need a cab to take you home, you can still pay for the services once you get home.
Wait until you are 18 years of age. It is actually illegal to drink alcohol if you are under the age of 18 and that is not just because adults just want to direct everything you do. The main reason for this restriction is because our bodies just do not cope very well with alcohol when we are younger. Your heart, liver, and brain aren’t yet developed enough to process the alcohol so that it doesn’t severely damage your health.
Even if your underage buddies are drinking, just for soft drinks. If you are worried about that they will think of you, just pretend that there is alcohol in your drink. You don’t want a criminal record or the police calling your parents.
Avoid mixing alcohol with other drugs. The impact of combining drugs (whether recreational or medical) with alcohol can be quite devastating. Not only are you left unable to anticipate the sort of effect they may have on your behaviour, but they are also likely to make you sick. There is no safe combo when it comes to drugs and alcohol – just choose one and stick to it.
In practice, if you are on medication, make sure that you check the information on the label to see what it has to say about alcohol consumption. If you take recreational drugs, it is better just to stick with what you are on and not mixing the two.