When it comes to drinking alcohol, whether you are a seasoned drinker or you’ve just turned 21, there are a few things you need to know when it comes to putting alcohol in your body. It does lower your inhibitions and weakens you mentally, so you need a game plan before you ever set foot in a bar or buy beer online.
First, know your limit. If a certain type of drink affects your personality or is too strong for you, then don’t drink it if you are in unfamiliar surroundings. If you can only drink three shots before feeling queasy, then don’t drink anymore. Finding your limits requires a certain amount of trial and error, but once you make an error you won’t forget it any time soon!
Next, try to have at least one designated driver or at least a bit of transportation waiting for you at the end of the night. If your house is in walking distance from where you are drinking and you plan on getting close to your limit, try to have a friend be there to walk you home. Call an Uber, ride with a friend, but don’t get behind a wheel with anything less than 100% of your focus.
Next, in order to avoid overspending and harming both your body and wallet, plan out how many drinks you’ll be likely to have and only bring enough cash for that with you. Be sure to leave any cards or excess cash at home, that way you won’t be tempted to overspend.
It’s often less expensive to have a glass of wine or a mug of beer with you during a meal, but it’s also better for you. Drinking some water and eating food between sips of the alcohol can ward off the effects of drunkenness, and keep you at full function without any trouble. Plus, wine and beer always taste better when contrasted with a good meal, don’t they?
Managing your Emotions
Emotions are often the reason people drink, and the first thing to overflow out into a mess when people start drinking. If you are sad, angry, depressed, or any other negative emotion it might be better to drink at home where there aren’t any other stimuli that can trigger you. It’s easy to take all that anger that you have and lash out at those around you, or even complete strangers, and that never ends well.
Instead, maybe invite a drinking buddy over, watch some television, and blow off steam inside the house where it will do less damage. Just remember that getting drunk is never a solution to a problem, and when you wake up, you’ll still have to face it. However, alcohol is known as liquid courage after all!
Just remember that alcohol is a double-edged sword, and drinking too much can have its consequences. As long as you know your limits, and take steps to keep yourself and others safe, then raise a glass and get drinking!