Christmas and New Year see most of us drinking more than usual, and for most of us it doesn’t cause us any problems at all. But how can we make sure that our drinking over the holiday period doesn’t end up crossing the line?
The first way is by making sure that you don’t feel pressured into drinking when you don’t want to. Learning to say no, and to assert yourself, is the key skill in making sure that you don’t go out, or stay at a party, when you don’t really want to be there.
And if you are enjoying yourself, but don’t want to have an alcoholic drink, then saying no is best combined with ordering a soft drink that might look like an alcoholic one. Obviously if you’re driving this is a pressure you should never succumb to.
If you are drinking then be aware of both your own limits, and of the relative strengths of different drinks, especially if you’re drinking something new to you. Make sure that you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, which will also help to lessen any hangover the next morning.
Knowing your own limits also means being aware that drinking to excess is rarely as fun as you expect it to be. Instead listen to what your body is telling you. If you’re feeling uncomfortable or unwell then simply don’t drink, whether that’s for a whole evening or for one or two hours until you feel okay again.