Holidays are coming, holidays are coming… Christmas is right around the corner, it will be nice to relax and cosy up at home with a nice warm glass of red or enjoy are few festive drinks with friends.
Many people associate this time of year with drinking alcohol, it helps people to loosen up, relax and have fun in social gatherings.
However, it is very much possible to enjoy the festive frivolities safely, happily, and in a much healthier way.
Societal expectations leave us believing that we cannot have fun and enjoy life without consuming alcohol, but this is simply not true.
Being aware of the facts about excess alcohol consumption as well as tips on how to drink sensibly, means you can enjoy the festive season without feeling to frazzled.
Alcohol – the facts
– During 2016 there were 9,214 deaths in the UK which were alcohol related.
– Excess consumption of alcohol can seriously damage your body and lead to life-threatening conditions such as stroke, cancer, liver cirrhosis, diabetes. Even moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and other physical and mental health problems.
– 80% of people who earn over £40,000 drink alcohol, and low money earners are less likely to drink; only 47% of those who earn less than £10,000 drink alcohol.
– Excessive or binge drinkers may suffer from life-threatening conditions such as breast cancer, dementia, depression, diabetes, hypertension and brain damage.
– Short-term issues linked with excessive alcohol consumption that can arise include: missing work due to hangovers, dehydration, toxic poisoning and low blood sugar.
So is it possible to enjoy the festivities without overconsuming?
New research has prompted the UK’s chief medical officer to change the guidelines for BOTH men and women.
These guidelines state that 14 units of alcohol per week should not be exceeded in order to minimise health risks.
- Unwinding after work does not have to start with a glass of wine or beer: you could try meditating, going for a walk, or taking a warm bath before going to bed.
- Keep yourself hydrated at all times, but especially in between alcoholic drinks and before you go to bed.
- Eating before going out can actually reduce the harmful effects of alcohol.
- Skip rounds and alternate your alcoholic beverages with sodas, juice, or sparkling water.
- If you do binge drink, go alcohol free for a few days before drinking again in order to recover.
- Manage your time efficiently and combat the issues related to mental health in a practical manner instead of using alcohol as a coping mechanism because it will just make things worse.
- Do pace yourself while drinking and watch your alcohol intake. Not only will it help you to keep track of the events and enjoy the night, but also save you from the hangover next day.
Christmas will be much more fun if you remember it!
Article sponsored by Pinches Medical + Wellbeing