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

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

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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One Drink may lead to a Dozen

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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How Excessive Drinking Could Ruin Your Holi?

Holi is around the corner and so would be your Holi plans. We thought it would be the perfect time to alert you about the harms of binge-drinking. Accept it or not, Holi is considered a perfect occasion to indulge in binge-drinking. The vibe of the festival, the age-old traditions, the association of Shiva, bhang –are all perfect excuses to indulge in drinking. While a little buzz is good to enjoy the festival, participate in the revelries and shake a leg, excessive drinking can certainly ruin your Holi.

It is no-brainer and not a sudden discovery that drinking excessively is bad for the health, but you should certainly not let binge-drinking ruin the festival. On the surface, it is not just about you but also about family members and friends around you. Drunkenness can be a cause of embarrassment because in that state of mind you are more prone to doing things that you would not be caught dead doing. Besides, it can easily plug the loop on the festivities, creating a less than a desirable situation. And this is not all. There are other reasons as well which would certainly prompt you to draw a line.

Here’s why:

  1. Drinking and Driving: Holi is a festival that involves some travelling. You may have back-to-back functions or Holi parties to attend which also involves driving. Now, drinking and driving are long-term rivals and cannot co-exist. The high of bhang and excessive drinks can ruin the festival by exposing you to the perils of excessive drinking—would you want to find yourself amidst an accident on Holi? Answer for yourself!
  2. Stop after three drinks: This is the rule of thumb when it comes to most things but particularly to drinking. When you realize that you have had three drinks, take a break, munch on the sumptuous snacks and enjoy in other ways. This way drinks would not get the better of you and you would have ample time and energy to enjoy the festival to the fullest.
  3. Sweeteners and Alcohol Don’t Go Together: Holi is synonymous with gujiya, maal-pua, and other sweets. On the other hand, it is a universally acknowledged fact that drinks and sweets don’t go together. And in times of festivities, it gets difficult to keep a tab on the sweets. So, if you go on binge-drinking, without keeping a tab on sweets, chances are high that you will ruin your Holi.
  4. Drain you out of energy: As the tradition goes, after playing colours, people plan holi-milans and other get-togethers and binge-drinking through the day can totally exhaust you of all the energy you have. You will not just feel tired but will also not have energy to go any party. You would certainly not want to have a bad hangover and stay away from your friends and family during the festivities. It is in the best interest of everyone (including you of course) to watch your drinks!
  5. Long-term health effects: We often feel what would one day of carnivalesque behaviour do to us? It is festival time and we surely can go overboard with the drinking! But there is only so much that your body can take. One day of excessive drinking has negative impacts on the body. It can severely impact your liver and affect your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and we are not even getting into the hangover bit already. And as they say, prevention is the best cure. So refrain from going overboard to enjoy to the fullest and make Holi memories!

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