How can I enjoy alcohol safely?

The best way to enjoy alcohol safely is to drink only in moderation. Recommendations are that women do not drink more than one alcoholic beverage per day. Men should not drink more than two. If there is an occasion where you may drink more than that, you should plan to have a designated driver. Do not drink to the point of feeling drunk.
Here are a few ways to safely enjoy alcohol:
  • Eat food. As if we needed another excuse to sneak that extra hot dog, studies show consuming food with alcohol helps slow absorption and may decrease the effects associated with alcohol consumption including dizziness, slurred speech and decrease in motor skills.
  • Drink lots of water. Health experts recommend drinking 2-3 quarts of water per day under regular conditions, and that should increase while consuming alcohol and spending time outdoors. Many people make the mistake of waiting until they feel thirsty to start drinking water -- at this point you will already be suffering from dehydration. Being properly hydrated will also lower the chances of suffering a sports-related injury, like cramping or muscle strains.
  • Plan ahead. If you or a loved one will be consuming alcohol outdoors, make sure to plan ahead so that you avoid having to operate a vehicle or boat under the influence. Always designate a driver who will not drink any alcohol.

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