What does "drinking responsibly" mean? Give examples.

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Jul 22nd, 2015

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 Responsible drinking means that you never have to feel sorry for what has happened while you were drinking. Basically, this means not becoming drunk.

  • Drink water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks to dilute the alcohol.
  • Pace yourself. Slow down and take small sips not big gulps.
  • Eat something before or during drinking. Food makes the body absorb alcohol more slowly.
  • Change your drink. Make spirits into long drinks by topping up with more mixer, add soda water to white wine, or choose shandy rather than beer.
  • Watch out for larger measures at home or at a party compared with standard pub measures.
  • Know how to refuse a drink. You don't have to take one just because it's offered or take part in rounds you don't want. And don't pressurise others into drinking.
  • Darker drinks like red wine, brandy and whisky give worse hangovers because of higher concentrations of chemicals called congeners.
  • Avoid top-ups so you can keep track of how much you are drinking.
  • Learn the strengths of your drinks so you can stick to your own limits, bearing in mind the safe limits are 2-3 units per day for women and 3-4 units per day for men (but not every day).
  • Plan how you're going to get home before your night out. Take a cab or ask a non-drinking driver to collect you.

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Jul 22nd, 2015

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