13 Holiday Drinking Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid at All Costs

By | December 5, 2018

Playing drinking games

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Not only will this quickly make you lose count of how much you’re drinking, playing a drinking game often leads to mixing different types of alcohol which could end up making you feel sick and definitely dealing with a hangover the next day. Just because it’s a drinking game doesn’t mean you have to drink alcohol, Dr. Singh says. He recommends using a non-alcoholic drink if you really want to play without suffering the repercussions later. Here are 9 mocktails that are festive and have zero alcohol in them.

Using the same glass for different drinks

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You might think this is a silly rule, but there are different sized glasses for good reason when it comes to enjoying liquor, wine, and beer. Higher alcoholic content drinks like hard liquor (drinks like scotch and whiskey) are generally given in smaller glasses, Dr. Singh says. “This is one way to try to keep you to only drinking one drink at a time. If you use a larger than normal glass for hard liquor, for example, there is a pretty good chance that you will get more than a regular sized pour and that one drink you thought you were having could really be two or three drinks in one glass.” If you don’t have the option to use a different glass make sure to measure any hard liquor with a shot glass, Dr. Singh adds. Check out the 9 health perks drinking less can have on your body.

Thinking you are OK to drive

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Even if you don’t feel intoxicated, it’s never acceptable to drink and drive. Chugging your last drink before you leave a party is also one of the worst things you can do because your blood alcohol level will acutely rise before it decreases, and your ability to make decisions may be transiently lower than it might be an hour from then, Dr. Singh says. “Generally speaking, it takes about an hour for your body to process one ounce of alcohol. So, even if you feel like you feel fine and want to get behind the wheel, if you had three drinks an hour before you want to leave, you will have a detectable blood alcohol level.” Use a rideshare like Uber or Lyft, call a taxi, or stay the night if you have to before getting behind the wheel.

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