Surviving the 12 Pubs of Christmas
Drinking sensibly and pacing yourself makes for a better night out!
Christmas is just around the corner and we all know that the festive season offers the perfect opportunity to meet up with old friends and celebrate. For some, that celebration may be the 12 Pubs of Christmas.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, the 12 pubs involves getting the gang together and heading out on a pub crawl, visiting 12 different pubs in the one night.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you pull on that Christmas jumper and head out on the 12 Pubs.
Get some food into your belly before you go anywhere
If you’re going to be drinking it’s best not to do it on an empty stomach. If you eat a proper dinner before you head out you’ll have a slightly reduced risk of getting too drunk too soon and will be able to stay out with your friends for longer. Nobody wants to fall to pieces after two or three pubs.
Make a note of your route and get to know it before you leave
There’s nothing worse than getting separated from your friends on a night out and it’s no different during the 12 Pubs. If you know the route you should be able to find them but do make sure to keep their numbers in your phone too. Just in case.
Don’t mix your drinks
Know your limits
This is probably the most important aspect of the 12 Pubs.
- Some people set themselves the challenge of having one alcoholic drink in every single pub they visit. It’s really NOT a good idea and most definitely won’t end well.
- Ever heard of binge drinking? That’s when you have six or more drinks at one time and it’s a serious problem in Ireland. A standard drink is about 10 grams of pure alcohol and one standard drink is a half pint of beer OR a small glass of wine OR one pub measure of spirits. Know your own limits and stick to them.
- Don’t let the number of pubs or the pace of others dictate how much you drink.
If you feel yourself getting drunk, try taking a break or slowing down your drinking.
A glass of water in between drinks is a good idea.
Trust your instincts
Starting to feel uncomfortable? Thinking you’ve had enough? Then it’s probably best to trust your gut and consider calling it a night.
The 12 Pubs is usually quite a busy night, with many other groups out on the pub crawl too. Don’t let the festive fun cloud your judgement though.
- As on any other night out, it’s important to keep an eye on your drink.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers either.
- If you’re planning to get a taxi home make sure you set aside enough money for the fare at the beginning of the night. The last thing you want is to ruin a good night out by being left stranded at the end of it.
Mind your friends
Even if you know your limits when it comes to alcohol, sometimes your friends don’t.
- If any of them are really drunk, make sure they get home safely.
- Don’t let them stumble off on their own.
- Not sure how to deal with drunk friends? We've got a helpful guide right here.
If you act responsibly and drink responsibly the 12 Pubs of Christmas can be great craic.
DON’T FORGET: It is against the law for a young person under the age of 18 to buy alcohol or drink alcohol in a public place.
There’s no such thing as a safe amount of alcohol to drink but if you are going to drink remember...
- Men shouldn’t drink more than 17 standard drinks a week and women shouldn’t drink more than 11 standard drinks a week. It’s not healthy to drink all your standard drinks in one night.
- Drinking a lot can lead to feelings of sadness. If you’ve been battling with depression or other mental health conditions it’s not the best idea to go out on an alcohol binge.
- Size matters. If you’re small then alcohol is going to affect you more. So, if you’re drinking with someone who’s bigger than you, don’t try to drink the same amount. Also, it’s bad luck for women but alcohol affects them faster than men.
- If you think you always drink more than the safe recommendations, if you ever feel like you NEED a drink or if others are concerned about how much you drink then you might be dependant on alcohol and you need to get help right away, visit Drinkhelp.ie.