The festive season calls for celebrations, with work, Christmas, family and new years parties featuring heavily in the last month of the year. However, parties of that kind of nature have one main feature: alcohol.
Alcohol consumption has decreased in recent times across all age groups. However, heavy alcohol consumption has negative consequences. It's a depressant, so it slows down the Central Nervous System, leading to altered speech, feeling hazy, foggy memory and slower reaction times. The recommendations on alcohol is no more than 2 standard drinks daily. Long term abuse of alcohol can lead to several diseases such as liver disease, brain shrinkage, infertility, cancers and obesity. It also can contribute to other social factors including violence and other anti-social behaviour.
At Health by Design, we run workshops focusing on alcohol consumption; educating individuals about responsible drinking, the negative effects of alcohol both short and long term. Topics covered include long term effects of alcohol consumption, empty kilojoules, standard drinks and drink driving.
Did you know that if you consume a bottle of bourbon, it is the equivalent of eating 2 big macs and 2 McChicken burgers? This is the type of information that we present to you to ensure that everyone makes informed decisions when it comes to alcohol.
Here are some tips to ensure you have a safe and yet fun festive period:
- Eat before you drink- if you know you will be drinking, have a meal beforehand and never drink on an empty stomach!
- Consume water after a drink- at least alternate between alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Plan activities not involving alcohol- you don't need to drink alcohol to have fun! (And you'll avoid the hangover)
- Never, in any circumstances drink and drive. As the TAC tells us, if you drink and drive, you're a bloody idiot
For more information about our alcohol expos, as well as other health topics that we cover, get in contact with us today for more information. .