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A Game Plan to Avoid Binge Drinking This Festive Season

The festive season is a time of joy, celebration, stress, and, for some people, the unhealthy temptation to drink excessively and binge drink.

What are the effects of binge drinking?

  • Accidents and falls are prevalent while intoxicated, since intoxication impairs coordination and balance. If the accident or fall is serious, the outcome might range from moderate harm to severe injury and even death.

  • Binge drinking may have a negative effect on your mood and memory and can eventually result in major mental health issues.

  • Binge drinking may result in antisocial and violent behavior, causing detrimental impacts on relationships with family and friends.

How can you stay safe?

  • Plan ahead for transportation, don’t drink and drive

  • Respect the rights of individuals who do not wish to drink

  • Keep track of how many drinks you are consuming

  • Never accept a drink from someone you don’t know

  • If you’re playing drinking games, try playing with non-alcoholic drinks

  • Understand both how much alcohol you are having and how much you should have

  • Be careful to not mix alcohol with medications

  • Avoid drinking alcohol if you are sick. Alcohol causes dehydration, which can prolong your recovery time

  • Avoid top-ups so you can keep track of your alcohol intake

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