The Dos and Don'ts of Drinking

A little knowledge goes a long way. Before finding yourself in a situation where you are tempted to take a sip of that alcoholic beverage, pause and ponder on these guidelines to responsible drinking!
by Grace Fernandez   |  Jul 16, 2010
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Drinking Dos and Don’ts

DO
...set a limit beforehand to how many drinks you’ll have. Know when you’ve had enough and say so. Always keep track of how many drinks you have had.

DON'T
...be forced into drinking more than you can handle. At times, it can be really hard for you to say no, especially if all your friends are drinking. You can give excuses such as, “I need to go home early” or “I’m just not into drinking.” Remember that good friends are those who understand and respect your choices!

DO
...eat before you drink. By doing so, it will slow down the absorption rate of alcohol into your bloodstream, and the alcohol will not hit your system all at once.

DON'T
...leave your drinks unattended. Always get your own drink, and keep it where you can see it at all times! Remember to never accept a drink from someone you don’t know or don’t know well enough.

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DO
...drink slowly. Take small sips, not gulps, of your drink and do not have more than one drink per hour, so the alcohol will not have a chance to build up in your bloodstream.

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DON’T
...let other people top up your drinks. Finish your drink before starting another. Plus, don’t mix two kinds of alcohol. Stick to one.

DO
...have water or an alcohol-free beverage in between drinks.

DON’T
...use alcohol to make yourself feel better when you have problems. Talk it over with a family member or a friend.

Remember that you don’t need to drink alcohol to go out and have a good time!

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