As party season is creeping upon us, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate and get together with friends. But a sad fact of our culture is that where there’s a party there’s usually alcohol too, and if everyone else is drinking it can be hard not to over indulge. There are so many long and short term reasons that binge drinking is a bad idea, that it doesn’t seem necessary to list the reasons why we need to be prepared to combat the peer pressure that is put upon us to drink too much over the party season. Instead here are some ways to avoid having too much, and having to endure the hangover from hell the next day.
If drinks are freely flowing, or the party is an all day affair, be sure to have a least one soft drink or a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. This is an old piece of advice but one well worth adhering to, as drinking water and soft drinks will help to keep you hydrated throughout the evening and will lessen the struggle the morning after. Topping up alcoholic drinks with a good amount of mixer or tonic is also a good idea. No one will know any different if you glass of wine becomes a spritzer, and if you’re drinking spirits ask the bar tender to fill the mixer to the top of the glass rather than adding just a splash. Adding extra ice to your drink will also help to lower its potency.
Shirk the shots
As the party rolls on, it is often the way that guests will take it in turns to buy rounds of drinks. There is usually one person who thinks it a good idea to get in a round of shooters or shots, especially at big celebrations such as stag nights. This is a sure fire way to get yourself drunk! If you want to avoid binge drinking, then shooters are best left alone. Offer to be an observer on who’s finished first, or take a photo of everyone drinking at the same time. If this doesn’t get you off the hook, then a little word in the ear of the perpetrator about how you once had a terrible allergic reaction to a potent shooter should get them off your back.
If you have already mentioned to your fellow party goers that you will be going easy on the alcohol and they begin to give you a hard time, then a little white lie will save you and your liver from succumbing to the peer pressure. A common reason for not being able to drink alcohol is being under a course of medication for a minor illness or infection. Most people won’t want to know too much detail or feel it appropriate to pry and will therefore accept this as a fair reason for not drinking alcohol. Alternatively, to avoid questioning, order your own drinks throughout the evening, but go for something like cola or soda and lemon, add a swizzle stick and a drinking straw and no one will know that you’re not indulging in a rum and cola or a gin and tonic any way. Click here to find out about alternative alcohol free celebration ideas.