Holiday drinking

I was featured in The Herald today talking about my drinking habits. I explained that the way I enjoy alcohol now is different to when I was younger. As now it’s more for enjoyment and less for getting drunk.

This time of year the pressure to drink to get drunk can be overwhelming. With party after party and the 12 Pubs of Christmas there’s no avoiding the drinking push. When surrounded by all this liquid cheer there are some things to remember to keep it safe:

  • Know your limit. The holidays are a time when people who don’t usually drink may have a few. Alcohol affects each and one of us differently, trying to go drink for drink may result being left more intoxicated than intended.
  • Only accept a drink when you’re ready for one. Sometimes when rounds start there may be a drink in front of you before you’ve finished the last one. You do not have to drink that, I think even Miss Manners would understand.
  • Be respectful of those who do not want to drink. I’ve enjoyed many nights out without alcohol. What I did not enjoy was people trying to pressure me to drink. I can have fun without booze, if you cannot, maybe that’s something to be looked at.

If you want some more safe drinking tips and ideas for hosting a safe party you can read more here. If you have a past history of addiction then Psychology Today has great tips to help cope with holidays.

Alcohol can be fun, it can leave us feeling merry and full of cheer. Just remember your own limits and don’t give in the peer pressure.

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway

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