Responsible Drinking – Norman Goodfellows
Enjoying your drinks, the sensible way
Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better than having a well-earned drink after a long day at work, or that delicious sip of a cocktail on your first day of holidays, or maybe it’s just the weekend! But with the fun and enjoyment of alcoholic drinks, come a few precautions you should take both before, during and after you’ve been drinking.
For many of us, socialising, partying and having fun goes hand-in-hand with enjoying a few drinks. There is nothing wrong with that, but like everything else in life, we need to do it in moderation. Enjoying a few drinks will always be fun, as long as we’re doing it sensibly.
Norman Goodfellows have put together a few helpful tips to help keep you safe, lessen the hangover and generally help you to be prepared. Simply, drinking sensibly and planning ahead can make all the difference!
Keep your wits about you
- If you’re not drinking in the comfort of your own home, plan in advance how you’ll get home. When the ‘homing’ instincts hit, you want to be able to get home straight away and safely. Don’t drink and drive. Either plan to take a taxi, like Uber, or arrange with a non-drinking friend to drive you. Even as little as one drink can take you over the legal limit.
- Unfortunately, ‘spiking’ drinks is a reality in South Africa. Always keep an eye on your drink, and if you need to go to the bathroom, rather finish your drink first than leave it unattended.
- Make sure you have something to eat before or while you’re having drinks. Firstly, there are some drinks that go really well with food but also, food helps to line your stomach and absorb the alcohol more slowly.
- Alcohol can affect your judgment … so if you’re going to be doing something that requires concentration like playing sports, operating machinery or driving a boat… rather stick to soft drinks in the meantime.
- Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. This will help to dilute the alcohol.
How to avoid the hangover
Unfortunately, there are no real cures for hangovers, but there are ways in which you could reduce the symptoms:
- Hangovers are caused by dehydration. The sooner you hydrate, the better your hangover will be.
- Drinks LOADS of water before going to sleep. Better yet, follow the advice mentioned earlier, and have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. Alcohol dehydrates the body and the more you hydrate with water, the better you’ll feel the next day.
- If you you’re still feeling terrible, a re-hydrate sachet will help too. It’s filled with lots of electrolytes to replace the vitamins and minerals you lost through dehydration.
- If you’re feeling trembly, have something to eat with lots of sugar in.
Unfortunately, myths like ‘hair of the dog’ are simply not true. And while having another drink on the day of your hangover might feel like it’s helping, chances are, you going to just have double the hangover the next day.
For most of us, drinking is enjoyable, it helps us to unwind or relax and we can drink without any major problems. But if you feel like you’re drinking too much and it’s impacting your life, we recommend you speak to a health professional to advise you of your next steps.
We hope this article will give you the information you need to keep enjoying your drinks, but to do it the safe way.