If you are planning on going out and consuming alcohol tonight, it is important to do so safely. While, when consumed in moderation, it is safe to drink alcohol (and there are sometimes health benefits), there are a lot of risks when it comes to heavy drinking. When you binge drink, you are significantly more likely to injure yourself, sometimes fatally. Additionally, drinking too much can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be deadly if not treated promptly. In the long term, heavy drinkers are more likely to develop a variety of health conditions, including heart disease, liver disease, stroke, sleep disorders, and a few different types of cancer. Drinking too much alcohol can also cause you to become addicted, leading to alcoholism. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that if you do choose to drink, moderation is key. If you plan on binge drinking, it is especially important to take certain precautions to ensure your health and safety. In this blog, we will go over some tips for making sure that you are drinking as safely as possible.
Know Your Limits
Binge drinking causes thousands of underage drinkers to die each year, and it isn’t hard to understand why. When you are young and inexperienced with alcohol, it is easy to overdo it and sail past your limit, going into dangerous territory. It’s important to drink mindfully, being aware of how the alcohol is impacting you. If you don’t know your limit, a simple guideline is to drink one beverage per hour, making sure to drink water intermittently as you do. Plan ahead to help you keep your drinking in check. In the case of a house party, you can do this by only bringing a limited amount of alcohol for you to consume during the party. At a bar or restaurant, decide before you start drinking how many drinks you will have, and stop yourself then. If you need help, let a trusted friend know exactly how much you are allowed to drink, and make sure they help you stick to it. Knowing your limits and having a plan ahead of time to stick to them will go a long way towards ensuring you are drinking safely.
Eat Before (and During)
Before you head out for a night of drinking, make sure you start by eating a full meal first. Not eating before drinking is a classic mistake that causes the alcohol to take effect way more quickly, which often leads to drinking more than is necessary. Start your night by eating a meal that has a balance of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Then, as you are drinking throughout the night, make sure to continue snacking.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Even if you only plan to have a couple of drinks, do not drink and drive. The safety risk is too great to both you and others to drink and drive when you have so many other options at your disposal. Make a plan to get home safely. Have a designated sober driver, take a taxi, or take public transportation; regardless of the method in place, have a plan before your event of how you are getting home at the end of the night that doesn’t involve drinking and driving.
During the day when you know you will be drinking that night, it is especially important to hydrate. Because alcohol is a diuretic, you will lose fluid as you drink. Therefore, make sure your body is in the best position to cope with this fluid loss by making sure you are well-hydrated. Additionally, throughout the night, make sure you are drinking water to restore those lost fluids. It is a good idea to alternate your drinks during the night; for every alcoholic beverage, follow it with a glass of water. This will also help prevent you from drinking too much alcohol because you are thirsty, and will slow down your alcohol consumption.
We hope that you are able to drink without causing any harm to yourself or others with the use of these tips. If you wake up in the morning and find your head is throbbing, your stomach is upset, and you are feeling fatigued, contact our clinic. Everyone here at the office of L.A. Quinn, M.D. is happy to be able to provide IV therapy to whomever could benefit from it, including those who may have overindulged in alcohol and are now experiencing a hangover. While we do not encourage binge drinking, we are happy to provide this service that replenishes your body of the fluids and electrolytes that have been depleted from a night of imbibing. If you are interested in learning what our IV therapy services can do for you, contact us today.