Alcohol has the potential to make or break your celebration or evening out on the town. It really boils down to knowing your drinking limits. If you know ahead of time that you’re going to be consuming alcohol, it’s smart to know how much drinking you can physically handle, how emotionally it makes you feel, so your night of fun doesn’t turn into a night of horror. Too much alcohol can contribute to acts of violence and aggression, engaging in embarrassing actions and unprotected sex or even vomiting, passing out or even death.

Keep in mind that everyone does not have the same tolerance for alcohol. While your friend may be able to handle three or four drinks and only feel tipsy, you may feel the same kind of effects after one or two drinks. You can ensure that your evening is enjoyable by following a few basic tips.

Don’t go out with the only focus of the evening being alcohol. You can do other activities when you go out without a complete focus on getting as drunk as possible. In a decent and fun pub, you should also find other fun and engaging activities like great food, pool, music and other games that allow you to interact with your friends.

If you do decide to drink during your night out, avoid doing so on an empty stomach. Alcohol takes longer to affect you if you have food in your stomach to help absorb it. You can either eat before you go out or drink your wine or mixed drink with a meal at a pub or restaurant. You’ll be more likely to find delicious food at a restaurant instead of a pub, so consider going out for a meal before visiting the local pubs.

Keep a pace that your body is able to keep up with. On average, the liver in the human body is able to process a single unit of alcohol every hour. The faster you drink, the faster the concentration of alcohol in your blood rises. Signs of a high blood alcohol concentration include slurring your speech or poor judgment of distances, blurring of vision and staggering gait. You can keep your blood levels down by consuming your drinks slower so your body is able to keep up.

Break up your drinking with other beverages such as water or other soft drinks. Alcohol has a tendency to increase the chances of getting dehydrated and drinking a pint or two of water in between your drinks keeps the body hydrated. You also have a smaller chance of waking up the next day with a hangover.

Remember just because you go to sleep it doesn’t mean to say that all the alcohol has disappeared when you wake. If you have had a lot of alcohol and been drinking to the early hours of the morning, you should avoid driving your car or go to work until you are sure that you are not going to be over the drink drive level or breach your company’s alcohol policy.

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