Drink smart this long weekend

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It’s a long weekend and everyone is traveling to be with their family and loved ones.

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa ranks as one of the countries with the biggest boozers. This classifies us as heavy drinkers who binge on a minimum of five beers or glasses of wine in a single sitting for men, and more than three drinks for women.

Tips on sensible drinking this long weekend:

  • Know your limit. Alcohol affects people differently depending on age, gender, weight, and how much they have eaten.
  • Eat while you drink. High protein foods such as cheese and peanuts will help to slow down the absorption of alcohol into the circulatory system.
  • Sip your drink. Smell and taste the flavours, particularly for wine. Choose quality over quantity.
  • Drink water between alcoholic drinks.
  • Top up your drink with soda or water.
  • Or avoid top-ups so you can keep track of how much you’re drinking.
  • Beware of unfamiliar drinks. Fruit and rum drinks for instance, can be deceiving, as the alcohol is not always detectable.
  • Appoint a designated driver.
  • Don’t drink if you’re not in a positive state of mind. Alcohol is a depressant, so, if you’re upset it’s very likely to make you feel worse.
  • Don’t drink if you’re on prescription meds. Avoid alcohol when taking certain antibiotics, anti-depressants or arthritic meds. This also includes over the counter drugs such as sleeping pills, or cold and cough medicines. Always check with your doctor first.

So, the bottom line is to drink responsibly.

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