Big plans this weekend? Summertime is often known for its weddings, festivals and celebrations. If you plan on drinking alcohol, be sure to do so responsibly. Consider these tips:
1. Set limits: Determine how many drinks you will have before you start drinking and stick to that number.
2. Pace yourself: Sip your drink slowly and take breaks between drinks to give your body time to process the alcohol.
3. Eat before and while drinking: Having a meal or snacks can help slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream.
4. Stay hydrated: Drink water in between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated and reduce the effects of alcohol.
5. Avoid binge drinking: Binge drinking, which is consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period, can be dangerous.
6. Don’t drink and drive: Never drive under the influence of alcohol. Always have a designated driver.
7. Know your limits: Understand your tolerance for alcohol and know when to stop. Everyone’s tolerance is different, so listen to your body.
8. Be aware of medication interactions: Some medications can have adverse effects when combined with alcohol. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure.