Are You A Responsible Drinker?
While drinking is an accepted norm in our society, it is essential to be a responsible drinker. But, what does ‘responsible drinking’ mean anyway, one might wonder?
Let’s simplify it for you, it implies the suggested low-risk alcohol consumption guidelines, to minimize the health risks associated with excessive drinking. It states that consumption of alcohol for men should not exceed 3 units per day, no more than 15 units a week. Whereas, for women, the consumption of alcohol should not be more than 2 units of alcohol per day, and should not exceed 10 units a week.
So, is drinking within the suggested limits enough to be a responsible drinker? Well, responsible drinking involves many other aspects.
With this article let’s breeze you through a short checklist of steps which you can take to drink responsibly. You might as well give yourself a little pat on the shoulder for staying within the suggested space.
Manual Of A Responsible Drinker
A Responsible Drinker Remembers To Stay Hydrated
Because he knows the importance of the water, the responsible drinker stays hydrated while consuming alcohol.
A Responsible Drinker Remembers To Eat
Because he understands well that food slows the absorption of alcohol in the body, a responsible drinker never drinks on an empty stomach!
A Responsible Drinker Does Not Push Himself To Drink More
It is wise not to push your limits, and it’s wiser to let go! We all have alcohol tolerance capacity which varies from person to person, depending upon various factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, and many more.
So, while it is important to drink and make merry, it is also important to know where to stop & stay within the safe limits. A responsible drinker firmly believes in it and understands it.
A Responsible Drinker Knows The Power of ‘No’
He is not afraid to most respectfully sayeth ‘No Means No’!
Even though many mature heads respect your choice of limiting your alcohol consumption, we come across the foolish lot & the bullies who have digestive issues with your decisions & choices. When such situations come to the fore, a responsible drinker remembers to stand his ground and reminds himself of the mantra ‘No succumbing to the bullies, please’.
A Responsible Drinker Remembers To Detox
Eating right diet is important and sometimes, switching to non-alcoholic beverages is also a wise choice. A responsible drinker knows it by heart, and is not ashamed to choose wisely!
A Responsible Drinker Doesn’t Fall In A ‘Heavy Drinking’ Soup
Be mindful & brave enough to acknowledge when the scales of drinking tip over and you find yourself slipping away from responsible drinking to binge & heavy drinking. If you find yourself stuck in a situation which warrants heavy boozing, excuse yourself or be firm to say no and stand your ground. A responsible drinker is mindful of this fact.
A Responsible Drinker NEVER Drinks & Drives
He marks it in red and bolds in his mind, and there is no other way around it. A responsible drinker ‘never’ gets tempted to drink and drive, because he knows that he must book a cab home when he’s out drinking & partying with friends. Period.
Above all, whenever out partying, he reminds himself of the golden words ‘choose better, choose wisely’ and that makes him a responsible drinker!