Man at His Best

How To Drink Without Bingeing

Yes, you can keep it moderate without losing any street cred.

BY EDITORS | May 13, 2016 | Food & Drink

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Heineken’s recent survey done with millennials showed that over 70 percent of the respondents (aged 21 to 35) believe that moderate drinking reflects a positive image. Even so, as much as we aspire to enjoy a night out without heading into dangerously drunk territory, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Here are some tips that will help you get a grip on drinking in moderation.

1 | Eat up
The most basic and welcomed tip. Everyone knows that it is a bad idea to drink on an empty stomach, but the seasoned drinkers know that it’s carbohydrates that do the job. To really prep yourself for a long night out, load up on carbohydrates prior, or even enjoy snacks between drinks (nachos, fries, etc). Besides slowing alcohol absorption, the carbo load also means more energy to party the night away.

2 | Drink up
Nope, not just alcohol. We’re talking about the other life-giving beverage: good ol’ water. By alternating your drinks with water, you stay hydrated and suffer less from the diuretic effects of alcohol. It also helps you keep a good pace, and you can even pass it off as vodka to keep the forces of peer pressure at bay.

3 | Keep count
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. Counting the number of bottles or glasses you’ve had is basically reminding yourself of how much closer you’re getting to your limit. Avoid top ups to your drinks, so it makes counting easier, even when you’re clouded in a beer haze.

4 | Stress less
A sniff around the office will probably unfold all-permeating whiffs of burnout that they seep from other cubicles into yours. That’s usually followed by, “I need a drink, man” and, before you know it, you’re six pints in and feeling worse than you did before. It’s common for people to use alcohol to unwind but because alcohol, itself, is a depressant, too much of it could very well worsen already bad moods. So take it easy. You'll enjoy your night out so much more. 

5 | Rope in allies
Not everyone is going to understand your new found ‘drink moderately’ philosophy. Hell, some people are probably going to undermine it by offering you more drinks. It’s important then to have family and friends who understand and can tell you when you’re approaching your limit. With your homies on the same page, it’s easy to achieve a great night out that you can actually remember. 

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