“I feel dreadful – why did I drink so much?”

You’re very quiet – are you okay?  Have you got a bug or something?

A hangover actually.  That’s the problem with this time of year – I always seem to drink more than I meant to.

If it’s really spoiling things for you then there are some straightforward things that you can do to put yourself back in control.

Well it’s certainly spoiling the days after, and we’re having a drink nearly every night at the moment.  So what is there that I can do?

Well first off be prepared.  Make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach, and have a proper meal before you go out.

There’s food at the party that we’re going to, so that won’t work tonight.

The other parts of being prepared are thinking about what it is that you want to do before you go.  If you don’t want to drink, or just have one or two, then imagine yourself doing it.  That will make it more likely to happen, as will telling someone else that’s what you’re going to do.

Anything else apart from eat and think positive?

If you want to drink soft drinks the easiest way to make sure that happens at a party is to take some.  That way you know they’re going to be there.

And what about when I’m there?

Make drinking less easy – don’t stand near the bar, or the table where the drinks are.  And don’t keep hold of your drink while you’re talking – if you put it down you’ll drink much more slowly.

Any other pointers?

Try and drink water as well– either alongside alcohol, or alternate an alcoholic drink and a glass of water.  That will help to slow your drinking, and to keep you hydrated – which will help with that “morning after” feeling the next day.

Well that’s why I’m drinking this coffee

And that’s actually not helping you either.  Coffee not only makes you more dehydrated, but narrows your blood vessels, increasing any headache that you might have.

I wish you’d told me that earlier.  In fact I wish you’d told me yesterday afternoon.


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