Celebrate – but Don’t Binge
School is nearly (or for some lucky people, is) over, and summer and celebration beckons around the corner. While celebration and stress relief is a necessary activity for you to participate in, however, be careful if you are consuming alcohol.
A recent study examining the effects that binge drinking has on younger people has found that binge drinking negatively affects blood circulation, which can lead to heart issues later in life.
The study defined binge drinking as four or more drinks consumed during a two-hour time frame.
So no matter what your age is, if you are drinking alcohol, drink with moderation.
Moderation is, in general, a good rule-of-thumb for living a healthy lifestyle. There are many vitamins and nutrients that you want from your food, the sun, etc. — but too much of these things can lead to poor health.
Sometimes, however, if we are celebrating something, we lose track of exactly how much food/drink/etc. we have consumed. Here are a few tips to help you drink responsibly:
- Keep your drink size small.
- Drink a glass of water between drinks. Drinking water in this way will help you prevent binge drinking, as well as keep you more hydrated (a great benefit, since drinking alcohol dehydrates you).
- If you are consuming a mixed drink that utilizes soda, make sure it is mixed with regular soda, not diet! The sugar, rather than sugar substitute, in regular soda slows down the effects of alcohol.
- Avoid shots. Designed to be downed in a single gulp, drinking shots is the simplest way to binge drink.
- Make sure you eat. Try not to drink on an empty stomach, and try to eat foods that are high in protein (such as peanuts and cheese) while drinking.
Share what you will be celebrating this summer in the comments below!