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Know the one that’s one too many

The festive season for many people means spending some quality time at home with family and friends, with a big emphasis on eating and drinking. Over consumption is the order of the day really.

Positives and negatives of drinking

Alcohol affects the nerves and parts of the brain responsible for self-control. However, to the majority of us, we know it as something that gives us a happy, merry feeling and associate it with bringing relaxed sensations.

Some people would argue that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions significantly and can skew your judgement which can result in negative consequences, so it’s important to be aware of this.


As with most things, moderation is the key to alcohol consumption, to still have a great time and also avoiding a serious hangover the next day.

In this case, a good rule to follow is the one drink per hour rule. On average, you can process one standard drink per hour, so it’s a great way to lend a hand to your body over the course of a night and helps you and friends to stay safe!

However, as a standard drink measure is about the amount of alcohol in a drink, and not the amount of liquid, it’s important to keep an eye on what you’re consuming and watching that it’s not too strong.

Some tips for low-risk drinking

  • Set your pace: A soft drink or water in between everyalcoholic one is a great way to give your body a hand in processing alcohol.
  • Make sure you eat well: Drinking on an empty stomach means alcohol gets into your system quicker. Drinking with dinner or after a meal will also go a long way to feeling better when out and the next day.
  • Keep an eye on friends: Watch how your friends are doing! If you notice slurring speech, a change in usual behaviour or inability to walk properly – it’s important that they stop drinking and get home safely.
  • Designated driver: For many people, especially in rural areas, taxis may not be as easily found. Making sure you have a designated driver is important to ensure you get home safe after a night out.

Some very useful information and tips on drinking safely this Christmas may be found here.

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