Practice responsibility! With summer winding to an end, many of you will be going on vacation. For most people 21+, that also means drinking more alcohol than usual. This may be at a trashy seaside bar (not judging…) or at a local vineyard (more my speed). Unfortunately, alcoholic beverages have a lot of calories (although many have fewer calories than soda), are pricey, are dehydrating, and bad for your health (in large quantities- low-moderate drinking can actually be beneficial in preventing heart disease)… and the whole intoxication thing. Some people, like me, have very low activity levels of alcohol dehydrogenase and can’t tolerate a lot before falling over. Or just falling asleep.
To slow yourself down, always have an equal amount of water (or tea, or something hydrating, cheap, and low calorie) to the amount of alcoholic beverage that you’re consuming. You’ll most likely end up filling up faster, saving you money and calories. You’ll also be rehydrating (alcohol is dehydrating- I would cite a study for this, but when you put “alcohol” and “dehydrate” into Google Scholar, you just get a bunch of organic chemistry results that have nothing to do with dehydration on a macro level), so you’ll feel muuuuuch better later.
Also, please don’t drink just to drink. Drink because you enjoy the flavor of the beverage and the time it forces you to spend in good conversation with good friends. And don’t you dare get behind the wheel.
For inspiration of how to practice responsible drinking at home, check out my Pinterest board.