Smart Drinking - Tips

Smart Drinking - Tips

Smart Drinking - Tips
How alcohol affects someone varies from person to person, as well as with the particular circumstances surrounding the occasion. To learn more about any of the information below, talk to a doctor.

Smart Drinking Tips

How alcohol affects someone varies from person to person, as well as with the particular circumstances surrounding the occasion. To learn more about any of the information below, talk to a doctor.

Alcohol is absorbed into the body through the stomach and small intestine. Eating food before as well as while drinking slows down the rate of absorption - that's why alcohol affects people more quickly on an empty stomach.

Drinking water or other non-alcoholic drinks between alcoholic ones will dilute the alcohol in your stomach and slow absorption. 

But it’s important to keep in mind that while the rate of absorption may change depending on what you eat and what else you drink, you cannot stop the alcohol from entering your system.

From the stomach and small intestine the alcohol travels into your blood, and then throughout the body, reaching the heart, brain, muscles and other tissues. Your body breaks down alcohol into other substances through metabolism; most of the metabolism of alcohol occurs in the liver through enzyme action.

Human body

On average, a person metabolizes 10-12 g of alcohol an hour, though this varies from person to person. All of this is dependent on factors such as your body mass, blood volume, gender, health, medications you may be taking, whether you’ve had food or not, and other factors. Contrary to popular belief, drinking a coffee or a couple of glasses of water won’t accelerate this metabolism. The only thing that will reduce the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream is time.

icon Tips to moderating your blood alcohol level include
  •  Drink in moderation
  •  Eat before drinking alcohol beverages
  •  Pace yourself by not drinking too fast
  •  Eat while drinking
  •  Alternate each alcohol beverage with water or a non-alcohol drink

Legal limits of alcohol that define impaired driving are expressed as blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which means percentage of body alcohol concentration or amount of ethanol per 100 ml of blood. BAC limits vary by jurisdiction. You should not drive after drinking.

  • Make sure you’re of legal drinking age. Legal drinking ages vary by jurisdiction. Never purchase or serve alcohol to those who are underage.
  • Make a plan to go out and get home safely. Choose a designated driver or make plans to take public transportation, a taxi, or a ridesharing service. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
  • Enjoy a meal with your beer, and if you’re hosting, make sure you have food available for your guests.
  • Pace yourself by alternating your beer with water or a non-alcoholic beverage, or by not drinking too fast.
  • Make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages available anytime you’re hosting or serving beer or other alcoholic beverages.
  • The decision whether to drink and, if so, how much to drink is a personal one. Never give your friends and guests a hard time if they choose not to drink.

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