Binge Drinking

Simply put, binge drinking refers to drinking more than double the lower risk guidelines for alcohol in one session. Binge drinking or heavy episodic drinking is a modern epithet for drinking alcoholic beverages with the primary intention of becoming

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Oct 2017

Binge-Free Diwali

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So, it’s that time of the year again.

With Diwali just around the corner, endless card-parties with overflowing alcohol come knocking at the door. Does it sound familiar? Yeah, ‘that’ vicious endless loop wherein one last drink never ends.

As much as the idea of drinking and making merry sounds enticing, it has some repercussions of its own ranging from waking up with a throbbing headache to disorientation, memory lapse and black outs. If stretched too far, binge-drinking creates an aftermath of various health hazards in the long run.

Never go to a battle unprepared, they say. Never go to a Diwali party unprepared, we say. We have a list of few intelligent do’s and don’ts for you that may come handy as you battle with the perplexities of binge-drinking.

Curb that urge to binge-drink

Start with the basics- Don’t go empty stomach, eat before you head out to that Diwali party so you don’t feel the urge to binge eat or binge drink.

 Don’t drink like a fish

Don’t guzzle down your drinks, go slow and easy as drinking too quickly can make you sick and drunk. Keep yourself hydrated. Alcohol depletes your body of essential vitamins and minerals and leaves you dehydrated. Show some love for the Water of Life- sip a glass or two in between. Don’t mix your drinks but mix them instead with water and ice. Another point to be remembered is to avoid sugary drinks.

 Watch what you eat

They say it for the right reasons, well itapplies here too. Avoid sweets while you consume alcohol. As tempting as those delectable Diwali sweets appear to be, alcohol and sweets aren’t the best of friends. Avoid fried foods as they tend to leave you dehydrated. Again, alcohol and those fries can’t see eye to eye and you’d surely want to avoid this double-trouble.

 Choose your battles wisely- Bottoms up is not the wisest choice

Sometimes, competition is good but not when the arena involves a bunch of hammered fellas. Don’t cave in to that peer pressure. We all have that one person in our social circle who never lets us put that glass down, so be a sweet pea and politely decline. Mingle with people who won’t push you over the edge and deep into the pool of alcohol.

 Know when to say No – Limit your drinks

Knowing your limits is one thing but fervently sticking to those and saying ‘No’ to excessive drinking is an art – you know what we mean! It’s very easy to get carried away while you’re drinking and making merry with your friends and family during the festive time. But that’s also the time when along with your senses the line to reasoning also becomes blurry, which is why it’s imperative to remember the keyword–‘No’. Watch before your cup runneth over.

Sometimes abstinence is the best protection

If saying ‘no’ and  exiting the binge drinking loop sounds difficult to you, we give you yet another tool of self –mastery, abstain from consuming alcohol all together. No temptation means no fall, simple!

So think about it, we say – wouldn’t you rather fly high on the festive happiness than kill its buzz by getting drunk?

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29

Sep 2017

Let’s Burn the Evil this Dussehra, say NO to binge-drinking!

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Dussehra is a festival which symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Alcohol abuse is one such evil which prevails in our society which has effectively ruined the lives of many and still continues to be in charge of many. We see a dramatic rise in alcohol abuse during the festive period of Dusshera and Diwali.

Over the years there has been a gradual shift in terms of how we celebrate our festivals. This festive period has now become synonymous with card parties and alcohol. Whatever happened to the simpler times when revelries revolved around food-sweets, more sweets, friends and family!

We know better that people who abuse alcohol as a substance only need an excuse to drink more, be it any occasion or just another regular day, there is always a reason to grab that drink. Binge drinking on this day is a serious problem than we are willing to acknowledge. Here’s a step by step guide to help you enjoy this Dussehra without blaming it on that bottle of alcohol for your binge-drinking. We give you a golden key to nip it in the bud and avoid binge drinking – find other ways to celebrate this festival, the simplest tool ever discovered!Why waste your money and time in getting drunk only to wake up next morning with a bad hangover? Invest that time in your family and friends instead- remember things that money can’t buy?

However, if you must go out to socialize, be armoured with all precautionary tools to avoid binge drinking. Avoid drinking altogether or attending celebratory events involving alcohol consumption where you know that alcohol is bound to flow in abundance. ‘Charity begins at home’, remember to keep your stomach full and eat before stepping out to attend celebratory event involving alcohol consumption.

And as the story goes, it always begins with that one drink and before you know it, you’ve lost count of the number of drinks that you’ve actually gulped down.Drink if you absolutely have to and you cannot OR you do not want to refrain from drinking. ‘Moderation’ is the word you’re looking for here. Remember how were told as kids that ‘excess of everything is bad’, well it totally applies to this scenario. Be well aware of your limits and stop before itbecomes a drink too many. It is the easiest to get carried away with the ‘buzz’ of drunken revelries.

You must remember to do yourself a huge favour- refrain from indulging in ‘drinking’ games. Displaying the competitive spirit being high on spirits is NOT the wisest idea you could come up with. Keep that nagging urge to binge-drink under check by eating in between your drinks and hydrate yourself frequently by drinking water. Do not mix your drinks. Also, it is a clever idea to request that one ‘sober’ friend to tag along who could keep a tab or two on you, lest you end up binge drinking your way to the beer barrel.

In case this action plan fails and you do get drunk, this time do Humanity a favour- DO NOT DRIVE DRUNK! Here goes a thumb rule you must always abide by- If you are old enough to drink, you most definitely are old enough to be RESPONSIBLE for your drinks.

So as we burn the effigies of mythological evil on this day, let’s pledge to banish yet another evil that has held us captive for far too long. Let us pledge to be responsible and say NO to binge-drinking this Dussehra.

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22

Aug 2017

One Drink may lead to a Dozen

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The night never quite ends at one drink does it? Alcohol more often than not, takes over an individual without one shadow of a doubt. Just like a dripping chocolate brownie, you’re almost never done. Such is the grip of alcohol, the resistance of even the most stubborn individuals wears down sooner rather than later.

The Urge of Drinking

Since time immemorial, alcohol has taken millions under its wing. Night after night, day after day, it is one of the most addictive substances on the planet and there are many reasons why.

Be it the light headed after-feeling or the feeling of metaphorical immortality or the confidence that oozes out one’s body; the reasons are endless. Even if we like to admit or not, it leaves a captivating effect. Many have come and many have gone, alcohol remains in an unchartered territory.

Imagine what a few vials of liquor can do to you! Having said that, there’s nothing good about drinking alcohol; it comes with a myriad of risks attached, not only to the individuals who is drinking but to his surroundings as well.

Where Resistance Ends, Peer Pressure Takes Over

You heard it right! Even if you go into a party thinking you’ll limit yourself just because you have a working day the next day; the chances of you sticking to what you decided are next to none.

There’s a reason why everyone’s flocking to gym these days rather than working out in a park or at home. It’s a matter of lack of will power, which is the Achilles heel in many cases. Even if a person is resistant enough, peer pressure takes one down.

You’re at a dear friend’s birthday party and everyone’s dancing to some new tunes with a glass in their hands. A little tough to hold on to a soft drink, isn’t it? Often you’ll hear phrases like ‘just one drink’ or ‘take one in my name’ or ‘this is the last one, I promise’. All it takes is a single second of weakness and the trail begins. The point of no return is reached and voila! There you are maxed out in a washroom trying to puke it out just to get it out of your system.

Even though the line of being in control is thin, it takes massive resistance on an individual’s end not to breach it. A variety of parameters enter the fray here. The surroundings matter a lot. A casual get together near your place is far different from a bachelor’s party at a high-end pub. The reasons for drinking can be endless; but you have to hold on to your end valiantly.

How can you do that? Here are some ways by which you can ensure that one drink doesn’t lead to a dozen at the end of a session:

How To Effectively Limit Yourself

  • Don’t stay for too long: This is the best decision you can make. Clearly, the sooner you leave, the better it gets for you. If you plan on staying till the end, something or the other might trigger the urge which you might regret later on.
  • Stay near individuals who don’t drink at all: This will set the peer pressure right. If you can, stay in a group of completely sober individuals or friends who don’t drink at all.
  • Make a promise and keep it: Be it with yourself, your partner or your best friend, make a promise of not drinking that much and keep it. It will cost you some resistance; but it’ll all be worth it at the end.

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