The endless parties, dinner catch-up, breakups and then of course Christmas day…there is a lot of opportunity to have drink or three…or four. But how much is too much?
Below you will find some tips to moderate and be a little more mindful of your alcohol consumption over the festive season….Oh, and a little bonus tip just in case you do overindulge!
Once alcohol enter the blood stream, your body goes right to work and it’s top priority is to get rid of it. Your liver is the primary site for alcohol breakdown, but it also, whilst in our bodies, raises triglycerides, blood pressure, is loaded with kJ and contrary to popular belief, is not so good for the heart ( when overindulging).
So how to enjoy a little tipple without overindulging?
This can be challenging when we are socialising more and lets be honest, there is a lot of social pressure out there. Australians have a very laid back attitude in general, especially when it comes to drinking, but new research has revealed that people who are cutting back or don’t drink feel stigmatised or experience social peer pressure to drink more. I have experienced this on many occasions. I use to be a big drinker and party girl, but now I hardly drink at all and have experienced pressure, questions or ‘banter’.
So try these ideas to enjoying a glass or two, but in moderation.
- Have your drink in a smaller glass...a half glass full rather than half empty!
- Slow it down. It’s not a race, just slow down and sip your drink- savour it, taste it and enjoy it.
- Alternate your alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic one, such as mineral water, water with lemon or lime or soda.
- Keep your glass close to you, that way you can control how often it is refilled.
- Be assertive– I mentioned above about how you can feel pressured or bullied into drinking more than you want or should, so don’t be afraid to politely smile and say a firm “no thankyou!”
- If your given too much drink, don’t feel like you have to drink it all, just leave the glass on the table with what you can’t or don’t want to drink.
- Have a half nip. If you drink spirits, instead of having the whole nip or a heavy pour, have half the amount and add lots of ice.
- Have a white wine spritzer! Mix white wine with soda water. It’s a lovely refreshing drink on a summers day.
- An open bottle of wine can keep for a few days, so don’t think you have to finish it off all at once!
If you do overindulge here are a few strategies for how to lesson the pain of a hangover.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Before, during and after, just make sure you drink plenty of water, as dehydration is the quickest way to a hangover. Add in some lemon or lime slices/juice to hydrate even more.
- Add in some magnesium powder to a glass of water. Add a teaspoon of high strength magnesium powder to a glass of water to help prevent headaches and muscle cramps.
- Before Bed and in first thing in the morning take a good liver tonic (with milk thistle, turmeric, B vitamins and selenium) and some Vitamin C supplements, to help support your liver to recover, reduce inflammation and detoxify.
- Make a Raw juice– include an orange, lemon, lime, pineapple, ginger, carrot, cabbage and herbs such as parsley and mint.
- Avoid caffeine such as coffee or tea- these will dehydrate the body even more.
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables, eggs and banana’s– these foods will replenish the body of what has been depleted from your big night out!
Your liver is taking care of you 27/7, cleansing and filtering your blood, breaking down toxins, storing precious vitamins and minerals, handling your hormones and is also your major fat burning organ.
So remember to have fun and enjoy yourself, I’m not saying don’t have a drink but just remember drinking alcohol is very stressful on the body, so don’t forget to take care of it and it will take care of you.