At parties, don't pressure people to drink, and make sure
those who are imbibing alcohol have a designated driver.
During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part
of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths.
Get home safely
Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink
alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, according to experts at UC
Davis Health System in California. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers may use holiday
gatherings as an opportunity to let loose and drink too much, the experts
Drinking in moderation can help prevent alcohol-related
injuries and health issues. It's also important to appoint a designated driver
who will stay sober and ensure partygoers get home safely, the experts advised.
Everyone metabolises alcohol differently. US health
officials define moderate drinking as one drink per day for women and two
drinks for men.
The type of alcohol also matters. One drink is the
1.5 ounces of distilled spirits
5 ounces of wine
12 ounces of beer
Though the federal standards may sound extreme, the UC Davis
experts pointed out that alcohol is a poison that is quickly absorbed into the
blood. It may cause people to become less inhibited, but it can also trigger
feelings of depression.
Anyone who's had a few too many probably knows what a
hangover feels like. This is actually a sign that the body is going through
withdrawal from alcohol, the experts said.
Also read: The best types of alcohol to drink for your health
Over time, heavy drinking can result in serious health
issues, including liver damage and heart disease.
People who are hosting holiday parties can take steps to
ensure their guests stay safe and avoid alcohol-related problems. The UC Davis
experts offered these tips:
- Don't pressure anyone to drink.
- Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and serve food.
- Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party
- Don't let guests who are drunk continue drinking.
- Don't allow guests to drive if they have had too much to
drink. Remember: Coffee or a cold shower won't sober someone up. It takes time
to get alcohol out of the blood.
- People with drinking problems should make a plan for how
they are going to manage being around alcohol during the holidays.
Party-goers don't have to bring alcohol as a gift for their
host, the experts noted. Teas, hot chocolate, cider and coffee are great
Parents attending holiday parties should set a good example
for their children. It's important to send kids the message that they can have
fun even without alcohol.For
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