Responsible drinking tips

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As we have seen, drinking to excess can have a number of undesirable consequences. Here are some tips to help you and your friends drink more safely:
  • Be aware of how your body is reacting to the alcohol
  • Remain within recommended daily guidelines
  • Know your limits and stick to them
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach – have a meal before, or along with, your alcoholic drink
  • Alternate your alcohol intake with plenty of water and/or soft drinks
  • Avoid rounds and pressure to keep up with others
  • Know what you are drinking and how much alcohol is in your drink
  • Avoid top-ups – finish your drink before you go for a refill
  • Take time to enjoy your drink, avoid drinking rapidly
  • Keep an eye out for your friends and assist if they need help or have had too much to drink
  • Plan your journey in advance – do not drink and drive
You can find more information at:

http://www.drinkwise.org.au (Australia)
http://www.cheers.org.nz (NZ)
http://www.wineinmoderation.eu (Spain)

Know your limits

There are many factors that affect how you react to alcohol – height, weight, gender, body fat, age, metabolism, fatigue, stress, emotional state, rate of consumption, full or empty stomach, with or without water… So you need to know yourself. You are expected to be able to drink sensibly in a number of situations or know when you shouldn’t. And we encourage you to show the same sensible approach to alcohol in your private life.