Stay healthy if you do choose to have a drink every now and then
Here at SpunOut we know that not everyone drinks alcohol, but the reality is that many people do. Even knowing the dangers of drinking, many of us still choose to drink too much. It's easy to say "never again" when you've got the hangover from hell but it's much more difficult by the following weekend. So, if you do choose to to drink then learn how to minimize the damage:
- Eat before you start drinking. This slows down the rate that alcohol is absorbed into your body. Watch out for pub snacks though, the salt will make you thirstier.
- Drink slowly! Don't gulp down three pints in an hour just because you've had a tough day. Binge drinking (six or more drinks in one session) is a huge problem in Ireland and it is dangerous for your health.
- If you feel yourself getting drunk then slow down or stop until you sober up again. It means that at the end of the night you've less chance of being too drunk and sick
- You've heard it a hundred times, but drink lots of water or a non-alcoholic drink while you're drinking alcohol. Before you go to bed, drink as much water as you can. It will stop you getting too dehydrated (that's what causes the hangover headache).
- Calculate how many units you may have had by using an online drink calculator.
- Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't steal drinks from other tables, as you risk having your drink spiked.
- Make sure you've got a safe way to get home.
- Keep an eye on friends. If any of them are really pissed, make sure they get home safely and don't let them do anything too crazy!
Check out our Hello Sunday Morning campaign which encourages people to examine their relationship with alcohol, and consider taking a break from alcohol.
Remember it is against the law for a young person under 18 to buy alcohol or drink alcohol in a public place. Read more about young people and alcohol on Alcohol Action Ireland's website.