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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Mar 2017

How Excessive Drinking Could Ruin Your Holi?

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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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20

Jan 2017

How To Not Get Drunk (Tips)

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You just love to party. Or you enjoy the occasional relaxing drink with friends, or you’re new to the clubbing scene and want to make the most of it. Whatever the reason might be, alcohol is a very integral part of our social gatherings. And why not? It relaxes the mind and body, helps you let loose and enjoy the evening. Alcohol is great.

But what’s not so great about alcohol is when you just have too much of it and get out-of-control drunk. And that’s probably the reason you’re here reading this, in a hope to learn how to drink smart and responsibly and not get drunk.

And just to give you a lot of hope, there are a few handy tricks that you can keep in mind to avoid getting drunk. Read on,

Drinking with Responsibility

The first and most obvious solution is to drink responsibly. And there are more than a few things that you can do to maintain that you drink responsibly. You can keep control on your intake and drink only one alcoholic beverage in the hour. Sipping your drink slowly and trying to savour the taste instead of just downing it should be on your list if you want to drink responsibly.

Drinking for taste and not intoxication not only makes you seem incredibly mature for your age, but actually helps you in not getting drunk, and saving a few bucks in the process.

Drinking Water Between Drinks; Eating between drinks

The second proven method to prevent yourself from getting drunk is drinking water between and after drinks. Water helps in the absorption of alcohol and also helps to give you time between your beverage intake. By stopping drinking and taking the time to down some food will not only reduce your alcohol intake for the night but will slow down the time the drinks make up to your brain.

Do not mix drinks

The most amateur mistake that you can do is mixing all kinds of alcohol drinks and downing them in an instant. This is a very bad idea for two reasons. One, mixing drinks upsets the stomach which makes you feel nauseated and pukish. The second reason being that downing mixed drinks gets you intoxicated pretty fast. So avoiding this must be pretty high on your list.

Have Milk before you head out

Having a glass of milk before you go out into the night for adventure is a very good idea. Dairy lines the stomach which decreases its quality to absorb alcohol. What happens when you have a glass of milk before going out to drink protects you form getting too drunk way to fast.

Set a limit based on your tolerance

Setting a drinking limit for yourself for the night, either by limiting the amount of money you spend on alcohol, or by asking a trusted friend to help you keep track is also a great idea. This can only happen if you’re truthful to yourself and know your ability to tolerate alcohol. This will not only help you in not getting drunk, but by setting a spending limit you can also take the more mature step of saving money.

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30

Dec 2016

How to Drink in Moderation?

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It’s the holiday season, time to let go and relax, have a few drinks with friends and family. Basically, that time of the year where all you want to do is chill out, maybe even party the whole night long. But the truth is that just when you feel that the things are getting relaxed, or you’re in the bar and just getting into your groove, you get the urge to puke. And there you go cursing that last vodka shot.

It doesn’t matter how well you can drink and hold your alcohol, everyone has that one tipping point. And keeping in mind this party season and the impeding new year’s eve everyone is at a risk of throwing up.

But fret not now, there are tricks and tips you can keep in mind that would help you double the amount of alcohol you can drink without feeling that urge to puke.

Antacids

As the first precaution to keep in mind before a night out drinking is to pop some antacids before you head out. Antacids like Pan-D are easily available at most pharmacies and ensure that you don’t suffer from acidity and can hold yourself after drinking. A natural antacid is banana, and you can surely eat a couple of bananas before leaving.

No Mixing Drinks

You just had a pint of beer, and now want a couple of vodka shots. Or are wondering of trying out that scotch you’ve always wanted to. If this is the case, then you are definitely going to throw up later. Sure mixing drinks is the fastest way to get drunk really quick, but mixing more than three drinks will take your stomach for a good round spin.
If you absolutely have to mix drinks, keep at least a half hour gap between drinks.

Ice Down your drink

There is a reason most people prefer their drinks chilled. Ice is responsible for cooling down the drink so that it does not hurt your alimentary canal. Ice also dilutes your drinks so that it is less lethal and keeps you in control for a longer time.

Keep yourself Hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated while drinking is extremely crucial. The potassium levels in your body can take a dip when you are drinking, which leaves you nauseated. You can also pick up a few refreshing mojitos and mocktails between drinks.
Keeping yourself hydrated also ensures that you don’t suffer from a deadly hangover the next morning.

Eating before hitting the club

Not only is this the smartest way of ensuring that you don’t find yourself in the bathroom hurling, it also saves you a ton of money on expensive meals at clubs and bars. Filing your stomach with a light meal increases your ability to drink more without getting tipsy.

Milk, Elaichi& Ginger

Getting a glass of milk before drinking hardens your intestines to the effects of alcohol, while cardamom and ginger are really effective ways of reducing nausea by popping one in your mouth whenever you feel that you have had a tad too much of alcohol.

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