Small choices can add up to lower the risks associated when drinking alcohol. Here are some suggestions for rethinking your drinking:
Set limits for yourself and stick to them. Stay within the weekly limit of 10 drinks a week for women, and 15 drinks a week for men.
Take your time and have no more than 2 alcoholic drinks in a 3 hour period. Avoid drinking games that require chugging. If you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) will rise quickly and increase your risks of experiencing negative effects.
There are no tricks
Drinking coffee, splashing cold water on your face, and other techniques don’t help you sober up more quickly; only time allows the body to process alcohol.
Space your drinks
Increase the time between drinks. If you drink quickly, your body takes longer to recover. Try a ‘spacer’ – for every drink with alcohol have a non-alcoholic drink like water, pop or juice.
Don’t mix alcohol and cannabis. Alcohol and cannabis affect people in different ways, and mixing them can lead to unpredictable and negative effects.
Eat before and while you are drinking. Food with high protein content is particularly good for helping to slow alcohol absorption.
Avoid an empty stomach
If you eat very little, or skip meals before drinking, the effects of the alcohol are even greater.
Don't develop a habit
Plan at least 2 non-drinking days every week so you don’t develop a habit.
Don't mix alcohol with energy drinks
The high levels of caffeine in energy drinks override the depressant effects of alcohol and mask signs of intoxication, such as stumbling, slurred speech and sleepiness. Symptoms of intoxication may be reduced, but intoxication is not.