Steps For A Successful (and Safe) Night Out

It’s that time again. The weekend. You’ve decided that you want to let loose a little. Maybe it’s a celebration, or just a night out with all your friends! If you follow the steps below, you can guarantee to have a good time, but more importantly, a safe time.

  1. Plan out the night
  • If you are planning to drink, make sure to have a meal packed with lots of protein 2 hours prior! (surprise – not carbs!) Protein will help you feel full longer, and since it takes longer to digest, it will stay in your stomach and prevent alcohol from absorbing too quickly.
  • Know where you’re going and how you are going to get there, and back! (UBER, walking, a designated driver, etc.)
  • Make another plan in case plan A doesn’t work out. For example, if you can’t get an UBER…do you have someone else you who can pick you up?
  • Figure out who you are going with. Go with friends you can trust! Try to stay away from going to parties alone or with people you don’t know very well.
  • Bring a sober friend! Have someone who can watch out for you. Remember: “Friends don’t let friends drink too much.”
  1. Pace out your drinking
  • Between each drink, have a glass of water in order to balance out the amount of alcohol you are consuming. Trust me, you’ll be thankful you did the next morning!
  • Your body takes 1 hour to process 1 standard drink. (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.) Take some time between each drink to prevent alcohol poisoning or an intense hangover.
  • Count your drinks or have someone keep you accountable for the amount you’re drinking
  1. Know your limits and stick to them!
  • Educate yourself on the effects that alcohol has on your body.
  • Drink at YOUR own pace. Not anyone else’s.
  • Choose your own drinks. Make sure you know EXACTLY what you’re drinking and how much alcohol is in them. (Do you know how much alcohol is in that Jungle Juice?)
  • Stick to what makes YOU feel comfortable.

 

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