Surviving Christmas - be drink aware

Publish Date: 22/12/2011

Christmas and the New Year can be a busy and turbulent time, so it’s really important that you try to look after yourself.

Improving your overall sense of wellbeing doesn’t just come down to eating healthily and doing a bit of exercise, it’s much more than that – but where do you even start?

We've put together these handy and easy to follow articles to help you to take some simple steps to help you look after number one.

Many people enjoy a drink because it helps them to feel more relaxed, less shy and more confident.

Some people use it to block out upsetting thoughts or feelings, or sometimes just so that they feel like they can ‘fit in’. This can be especially so at Christmas where there is that pressure to fit in and join in.

In small doses, you will become relaxed and more confident and sociable. In high doses, you will become drunk and uninhibited.

Tips for safe usage:

  • Reduce how much you drink before you go out.
  • Choose lower strength (abv %) drinks or pour smaller measures at home.
  • Choose Best Bar None Venues for safer nights out.
  • Avoid caffeinated mixers and pace your drinks.
  • Spend time with friends and family who will support you.
  • Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks.

If you have any questions about alcohol usage or you'd like some advice about your drinking you can call 0845 3 30 30 30.

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