Summer is almost here. You've worked long and hard all year. It's time to plan the celebratory parties. If you had an embarrassing encounter with over-drinking at your last party, you'll want to take some precautions to avoid a repeat. Here are four steps you can take to avoid problems, while still enjoying your fair-share of drinks at the next party.
Choose Your Beverages Wisely
You might not realize this but every type of alcohol has a different alcohol content, or ABV. Basically, that number is the amount of alcohol that's in each serving. If you're planning on drinking all day long – or all night long – aim for the alcoholic beverages that have lower alcohol contents. This will allow you to extend your partying.
Think Slow and Steady
When it comes to drinking at a party, you want to go slow. You may feel like throwing them back hard and fast, but that's just going to get you in trouble. The best way to enjoy your alcohol at a long party is to think slow and steady. Take your time with your brews. Nurse them along so you can enjoy every-last drop. Once you're done, wait a few minutes before you grab the next one.
Enjoy the Snack Table
The last thing you want to do is become so intoxicated that you can't enjoy the party – or remember what you did while you were there. To help prevent over-intoxication, be sure to enjoy the snack table while you're at the party. A good rule of thumb is to grab a plate of snacks each time to refill your glass, or grab a bottle of beer. This will ensure that you have a full stomach to absorb some of the alcoholic content of your drinks. It's also a good idea to drink plenty of water while you're at the party. Alcohol tends to dehydrate you, which may cause you to become intoxicated quicker.
Give Up Your Keys
This is important. If you're going to be heading to an all-night party, be sure to give up your keys as soon as you get there. Giving your keys to the host as soon as you arrive at the party will prevent you from leaving once you're too intoxicated to drive. You would never knowingly drive under the influence of alcohol. Leaving your keys with the host will ensure that you don't unknowingly drive off while intoxicated.