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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!