Holiday Drinking Infogram

I’ve talked a lot about the abundance of food around the holidays and the challenges it poses.

But I thought you should know that binge drinking also spikes around the holidays.

People drink to make social occasions easier or to release stress.

But the consequences are not always pretty.

Check out this infogram from Everyday Health:

december-drinking-spike

Wait, is it infogram or infographic? Or are they two different things?

As you may remember, moderate drinking is up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. This amount is okay but any more than this can have harmful consequences.

Anyway, knowledge is power but only if you know what to do about it.

How can I avoid drinking too much?

  • Remember that one drink is 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz hard liquor.
  • Measure your drinks, don’t eyeball a shot. If you fill a 10 oz wine glass, it counts as two drinks.
  • Stick to lower alcohol drinks like beer, wine, or mixed drinks with a single shot of liquor.
  • Count your drinks. Once your drink is empty, count it and don’t top off your glass midway through a drink.
  • Have a glass of water or sparkling water between each alcoholic drink.
  • Suck an a hard candy that won’t taste good with your drink.
  • Learn to say “no”. Or “bite me” – whichever works.
  • Remember that the holidays aren’t about drinking. Focus on what the holidays mean to you – whether that be time with friends and family, religion, presents, skiing, dancing, taking pictures, or whatever.
What strategies do you use to keep from drinking too much over the holidays?
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