Halloween: tricks and treats
The dark, cold autumn days have finally arrived, which means Halloween is just around the corner. For more and more of us, this means a night of dressing up, fun, food and drinks.
For most teenagers and young adults, Halloween night is all about drinking and having a good time.
According to the recently launched Healthy Ireland Report, 4 out of 10 people binge when drinking, showing people are taking their physical and mental health into consideration.
Just one drink
Though many people who will go out drinking for Halloween peer pressure, or the need to fit in can make us drink more than we’d really like. Be aware of this, and make a plan so this doesn’t happen. Find out more about managing peer pressure to drink.
If you do decide to go drinking, why not have a drink or two followed by a break or a snack?
Make sure to include friends in your group that don’t drink, so they don’t feel left out.
Obesity and Diabetes
When most of us drink, the quality of our food we eat leaves a lot to be desired. Kebabs, chips, burgers, super noodles along with all the sweets knocking around at Halloween! Even though you’re well past the age of knocking into neighbours for sweets, they turn up everywhere.
The consumption of too much sugar may contribute to obesity, and of course, diabetes. The Healthy Ireland Report highlighted that 60% of people in Ireland suffer from obesity, which is very high.
As a result, Halloween, and the fact that it seems to last about ten days now, can have consequences for our physical and mental health. So, have an action plan to keep fit and stave off the junk, reports are it’s to be a long winter.
Halloween is a great night, so if you’re hoping to go out for the night, make sure you stay safe and have fun!