8 ways to manage your drinking this Christmas
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We all want to have a merry Christmas, but sometimes it can feel hard to detach Christmas cheer from the drunken buzz of beer as the festive season is so heavily associated with alcohol. For many of us, Christmas celebrations start early. Whether at uni parties, end-of-term drinks, or catch-up nights out with friends back home, there seem to be all too many reasons to have a drink or two (or three) throughout December.
Co-op has been working in partnership with The Drinkaware Trust since 2007, so we’ve enlisted their help to put together five tips for managing your drinking this Christmas.
1. Drink to enjoy the drink – not to get drunk
When shopping for pre-drinks try to buy fewer bottles, but spend a bit more on each one if you want a get-together that feels like a chance to celebrate and catch up, rather than just a get-drunk-quick session. We promise you, wine that costs £2 more per bottle is going to taste 90% less like paint-stripper. Ditto vodka, cider, and pretty much every type of booze you can pick up off the shelf.
2. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks and stay hydrated
It’s so important during Christmas celebrations to make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water and other soft drinks. If you have a glass of something alcoholic, choose a soft drink for your next one.
Particularly if you’re hosting a party, get in loads of lovely soft drinks that feel like you can have alongside, or instead of, alcohol.
Co-op has a great recipe for a raspberry and rosé mocktail which is fun to make, and even better to drink.
flavour that you could think of, a chat in a cosy café can be so much more tempting. Or, better yet, get your friends round for some delicious homemade chai latte hot chocolate. Here’s a great recipe from Co-op’s website.
Image credit: PixabayIf you drink within your limits and don’t over-do it, the odd drink shouldn’t be a cause for concern - but it is important to always know what those limits are.
Image credit: Co-op Food3. Use hangovers as an incentive to not over-drink When a fun night out leads to a day of headaches, queasiness and mind-fogging tiredness, is it really worth it? The option to go out and have a good time and wake up without a hangover is a no-brainer. If you go out with your friends and keep your drinks limited to one or two, you’ll thank yourself in the morning when you wake up feeling fresh.
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Image credit: Co-op Food8. Stop worrying about what people think Honestly, why is it anyone else's business if you're drinking Diet Coke or if you're drinking Diet Coke with a splash of vodka in it? It really isn't, and we'll be recreating the eye-roll emoji at anyone who tells us otherwise this party season. Read more about drinking awareness on Drinkaware.co.uk and on Co-op's website. Students get 10% off at Co-op with a Totum or NUS extra card. Find your local Co-op here. For more inspiration from Co-op throughout the year follow @coopukfood.
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