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7 Tips For Responsible Drinking During The Festive Season

Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality health coverage, offers seven tips for responsible drinking during the festive season.

“With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are taking advantage of the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, with drinking being a component of the festivities,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Healthy.

“However, the aftermath of excessive drinking can cast a shadow over the holiday season. Fortunately, there are ways to keep within your limitations while still having a good time.”

The Sobering Truth

Binge drinking is associated with particular risks to health, including damage to the liver, heart, brain and stomach.

Another immediate danger of drinking too much is impaired judgment. You’re likely to make poor decisions and engage in risky behaviours when you’ve had one too many. Frequent and excessive drinking can also lead to alcohol dependence and addiction, and – because alcohol is a depressant – it can worsen negative emotions like anger, depression and anxiety.

Tips and Advice

Affinity Health offers these tips for managing your drinking during the holidays:

Know Your Limit

Understanding your personal alcohol tolerance is essential. Be aware of how much alcohol you can consume before feeling the effects. It’s important to recognise when you’ve had enough and to stop drinking to avoid overindulgence.


Set a Drink Limit

Before attending festive gatherings or parties, decide on a specific number of drinks you’ll consume and stick to it. Having a predetermined limit can help you avoid excessive drinking and its potential consequences.


Alternate with Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Intermingle alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic options, such as water, soda, or mocktails. This not only helps pace your drinking but also keeps you hydrated and reduces the overall alcohol intake.


Eat Before Drinking

Consuming a meal before drinking can slow the absorption of alcohol in your bloodstream and mitigate its effects. Opt for a balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats to help buffer the alcohol’s impact on your body.


Avoid Peer Pressure

Due to peer pressure, resist the temptation to drink more than you’re comfortable with. Surround yourself with friends and family who respect your choices and support responsible drinking.


Use a Designated Driver or Alternative Transportation

Did you know 58% of South African road fatalities are alcohol-related? If you plan to drink, arrange for a designated driver or consider alternative transportation options such as taxis, rideshares, or public transit. Never drink and drive, as it endangers your safety and the safety of others on the road.


Recognise the Signs of Intoxication

Be aware of the signs of intoxication, which may include slurred speech, impaired coordination, and altered judgment. If you notice these signs in yourself or others, take appropriate action, such as stopping drinking or assisting someone in need.

About Affinity Health

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