Reducing your alcohol intake this holiday can be super easy if you have the right mindset. Whether you’re the designated driver or just want to keep away those hangovers these tips are worth a try!

Here are some facts about alcohol that might surprise you: 

  • Alcohol has 7 calories per gram (carbs & proteins have 4, fats 9) and is high in sugars
  • It goes directly to the liver for metabolism, overtaking the digestion of food
  • It can interfere with the efficiency of fat metabolism, which can lead to fatty liver disease
  • Our body reacts not only to drinking excess over the years but also to short-term over-consumption

There are also many effects alcohol can have on your mind and body: 

  • Short-term effects – poor judgment, chance of overeating, thirst for more alcohol.
  • The next day – hangover, headaches, nausea, heartburn, fatigue, overeating and not moving or exercising 
  • Long term benefits – Heart disease, high blood pressure, addiction, emotional problems, obesity, ulcers, type 2 diabetes, hypoglycemia, gout, nerve & brain dysfunction, and poor immunity.

Ways to stop yourself from over drinking: 

  • Order water and keep ordering it! To make it taste nicer you can ask for some lemon or cucumber. 
  • Sip slowly, don’t chug your drink. 
  • Don’t let anyone top up your drink until your glass is empty. This is a good tactic to focus on how much you are consuming. 
  • Try spritzers. If you’re ordering a white wine try adding soda water or lemonade to it to create a spritzer.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach 
  • Don’t let alcohol be the purpose of your night. Remember to socialize and have fun!

The top 5 healthiest alcoholic drinks: 

  • Vodka lime soda 
  • Glass of red wine 
  • Rum 
  • Tequila 
  • White wine spritzer 

But remember, everything in moderation!