The holiday party season is upon us. If you are going out and will be consuming alcohol, it’s important to be smart about your drinking.
Here are a few steps you can take for safer drinking and to prevent drinking and driving:
-- Set a safe limit for yourself before you start drinking.
-- Don’t drink on an empty stomach; eating something will slow alcohol’s absorption rate. Remember that a full stomach will not prevent you from getting drunk if you drink excessively.
-- Don’t drink when tired or taking medication.
-- Be sure to stick to a pace that works for you, and don’t let anyone pressure you to speed up. Alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night can be a good way to handle this.
-- Choose a designated driver -- either someone who doesn’t drink alcohol or someone you can trust to stay sober.
-- Give your car keys to friend who won’t be drinking and give him or her permission to keep the keys if you seem incapable of driving.
-- Prearrange a safe, alternative way to get home.