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Things to Remember when Buying Alcohol

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The consumption of alcohol at social gatherings or individual parties has become more than a fashion and actually a symbol of status. Be it a bottle of expensive wine or be it canned beer – alcohol is what keeps a party going. Apart from parties, many people come up with the cause of stress reduction or loneliness in order to create the need of liquor consumption. The multi-billion dollar industry of alcoholic beverage has observed a growth in consumption of alcohol over time. The immediate effect of alcohol is caused by the anxiolytic properties of it and what people fall in love with is the temporary illusion. But there are a few things that must be remembered while alcohol is bought and they are as follows:

Proof of Age: According to the law constituted in different states, alcohol can’t be sold to the individuals who are not 21 years old yet. While you’re heading out to buy alcohol, it is wise that you carry ID proof with yourself so that you can show it in case of being asked about your age. Compliance to the law ensures the control over the drug being sold to minors. When you carry ID proof, you need to make sure that it is a valid one. Some of the ID proofs that you can carry with you are driver license, ID card issued by the state, so on and so forth. The retailer may refuse to sell alcohol to you in case you are not able to produce the valid ID proof.

What To Buy: Before you decide what to buy, you must promise to yourself that you will buy as much as you can handle. If you are fond of beer, it will be mandatory for you to decide whether you want to buy bottled ones or the canned ones. If your favorite brand is not available in the shop, you may end up trying a different brand which you may start liking afterwards. So, it is always suggested that keep your eyes open!

Amount To Buy: Making up the mind regarding the quantity you want to buy is really a major decision. Depending on the amount to buy, you could actually plan your evening and budget as well. Careful planning is highly recommended as the amount to buy should always be equivalent to amount that you can consume. Buying more alcohol tends to make you think that you can drink more which certainly comes with consequences. So, plan beforehand about how much do you really need. Quality is the ultimate king, not the quantity!

Visibly Intoxicated: It is never recommended that visit an alcohol store when you are visibly intoxicated. A visibly intoxicated person will show signs inclusive of but not limited to bloodshot eyes, swaying, clumsiness, drowsy look, so on and so forth. If you are recognized to intoxicated by the seller, you might be prevented from buying alcohol and actually refused.

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How to Identify Spurious Alcohol?

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Fake alcohol or liquor bottles have been found to spread all over the nation and here are some ways in which you can identify whether the alcohol is spurious or not.

Ability to identify fake versions of branded alcohol paves the path for you to avoid alcohol beverages that could leave you sick. With the emerging number of counterfeit alcohol sellers across the country, you must be cautious about buying alcohol as with fake alcohol you can suffer from diseases like kidney or liver problems, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, abdominal pain, vomiting, so on and so forth.

Presence of Holograms: Presence of polyester-based hologram on the bottle of alcohol ensure that it is authentic one. The security features embedded in the hologram have been designed for the sake of informing consumers about information of retailer and manufacturer. Even though holograms are incorporated for the sake of preventing revenue leakages, both the hologram and barcode are one of the finest tools that you can use to prevent fraudulent alcohol.

Unfamiliar Brand Names & Crooked Labels: The unfamiliar brand names and crooked labels unravel the path for you to be sure of the genuine alcohol. As per the recommendations of Trading Standards Institute, packaging is one of the 4Ps that one should be careful about while purchasing. Other Ps that need to be carefully looked at are unfamiliar brand names and spelling mistakes in the name of the brand. Very low prices shouldn’t be trusted either.

Taste and Smell: If the drink, that you bought, might taste bad or smell that is foul. Even if the taste or smell is a slight bit different from what you are used to, it might be the case that you have bought spurious alcohol. Colour of the liquor also is prime determinant of the fake alcohol.  Good alcohol has the reputation of hitting the back of the tongue. So, be careful out there!

Places To Buy: You must avoid places that don’t look like a registered FL off shop or liquor shop. By buying liquor from shops that don’t look alright, you are more prone to have fake alcohol.

Import and Manufacture Dates: You must check for the import and manufacture dates of the bottle bought. Dates are necessary as they signify the dates on which the bottle has been manufactured and imported to the shop.

Stick To The Familiar Drinks: If you purchase a bottle of alcohol that you don’t know, most likely you are also not familiar with the colour or taste of it. So, chances are high that these sort of drinks, if bought instead of the alcohol that you have on a regular basis from an authorised store, will pose potential threat to your health.

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Do’s and Don’ts While Drinking With Your Colleagues

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The topic of drinking with office colleagues is a highly sensitive one and what makes it even more complicating is that it comes with no set rules. The boundaries are blurred and it actually depends from person to person whether they are cool with drinking with their colleagues or not.

It is seen that a drink with co-workers or boss once a while helps people in climbing social ladder at office and it also works as an effective option for knowing co-workers in a better way. So, if you are planning to go for a drink with your colleagues then here are few do’s and don’ts that will help you in staying within the limits and still enjoy your time.

Do’s

  • Eat something- While drinking with your co-workers ensure that you have something to eat because drinking on an empty stomach increases the impact of alcohol and you might get knocked out quite early.
  • Carry money- Before saying yes to a drink with your office mates, check your wallet. Ensure that you have adequate amount of money for drink, as well as for something to eat and also for hiring a cab. There are chances that the bill might be taken care of by your company or your boss might bear the expenses. However, there is no harm in carrying cash or a card with you as it is better to have money than to get embarrassed in front of people whom you have to face every day.
  • Stay within your limit- This point is easier said than done. Most people know their limits but the trouble is to still know the limits after you have gulped a couple of drinks. Always remember that while drinking with colleagues, stakes are always high and hence you cannot get away from your mistakes. So, as they say precaution is better than cure, watch out for the drinks you are having and check your behaviour.

Don’ts 

  • Don’t talk about office or individuals working inside the office –This is a golden rule while drinking with colleagues. You may start with good things but after a few drinks no one accurately knows what they are saying or hearing. This can lead to catastrophic results and the next day you might wake up, with a long list of people to apologize. Instead, talk about general stuff and sundry activities and keep the tone of your conversation casual.
  • Don’t follow your boss- Who doesn’t like to impress their boss? And the easiest way to create an impression is to follow everything the boss does. However, this strategy might get you in trouble if you follow it during drinking with your boss. Drinking is highly subjective and effects of a specific drink differ from person to person. Hence, some choices might be good for your boss but they may not be good for you. So, order according to what suits you and not according to what your boss wishes.
  • Don’ttry to hit on anyone- Office affairs mostly end up on nasty note and in the long term they serve nothing good to anybody. During office time it is easy to maintain the distance, but with few drinks, it is not easy to stay in control. So, if there is someone whom you consider irresistible, then the best way is to avoid them and keep safe distance.

 The above mentioned points are in fact guidelines and as mentioned earlier it all depends on the individual. So, maintain the line and you will have a great time drinking with your colleagues.

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