8 tips for safe and healthier drinking

Posted: Dec 14 2020

Safe and healthy drinking

Lots of us enjoy having a cheeky drink or two, especially when the weekend comes round. But sometimes, we can easily catch ourselves drinking too much or too often.

So we’ve put together a few tips that’ll help you drink responsibly and in moderation, as well as avoiding the dreaded hangover the next day.

Most importantly, it’s putting your health first so you can reduce your risk of alcohol-related harm over a lifetime and injury on a single occasion.

1. Alcohol free days

Ensure you have at least two alcohol free days a week, preferably three or four!

2. Plan ahead

Look at your social calendar and allocate events where you’ll enjoy a drink and others where you’ll be the designated driver.

3. Choose quality over quantity

Drink for pleasure and enjoy your beverage, don’t drink to get drunk.

4. Drink water

Don’t forget your H2O! Match every alcoholic beverage with 250ml of water.

5. Eat before you drink

Don’t drink on an empty stomach, so make sure you have a proper meal before you drink.

6. Snack while you drink

If you can, pre-prepare some healthy snacks beforehand. If you’re out, make sure you order a grazing platter or something to munch on.

7. Choose diet soft drinks and soda water

Hold the mixers or choose diet soft drinks or soda water and skip the cocktails, these add a significant amount of kilojoules to your diet.

8. Know your limits

Most importantly, know your limits and do not drink and drive.

Themis Chryssidis is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at Sprout Health Studio – a multidisciplinary health care studio in Adelaide. He has a Bachelor of Psychology, a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Cert IV in Fitness.

Posted: Dec 14 2020

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