I'm sure you've seen me talk about this multiple times before and I’m here to repeat myself!!
Binge Drinking!! (I see all the guilty faces now...)
It's so important to drink responsibly.. And I’m sure a lot of you actually don't know what is considered binge drinking.
Most of you know that I love to party and I love going out but you need to know that the drinking doesn't make the party! (I promise you, it's more fun when you're sober) After all, a good party is determined by who you're with, where you're at and the music you're listening to!
So, what is binge drinking?
DID YOU KNOW... For a male adult, binge drinking is consuming five or more standard drinks and for female adults, binge drinking is consuming four or more drinks, in one drinking session.
Here are some examples of awful things that can happen to you when you're drunk:
o Vomiting in public
o Having your things stolen when under the influence of alcohol
o Getting into accidents due to loss of judgment
o Getting into fights while under the influence of alcohol
o Falling victim to outrage of modesty (e.g. molestation and rape)
Getting drunk is the worst, I repeat, WORST state to be in.
Ok let me share with you a few real life stories. I have a friend who jumped into the pool with her iPhone in her pocket and regretting it terribly the next day... But that's not the worst. I've met a girl who actually jumped off the second level of a building due to drinking irresponsibly and is currently paralysed waist down.
A lot of times we don't see or realize these things happening to us. But they do and it's very real.
For some of us, a party is not a party unless there is booze. While pints of beer or shots of alcoholic drinks might liven up a party or social event, more does not necessarily mean merrier. Just like other things in life, moderation is the key.
Drinking can be enjoyable and fun when consumed responsibly and moderately.
Being a responsible drinker means knowing when to drink, how much is too much (Really no one wants to see someone black out lying down outside the club with no friends there to help), planning ahead, and being in control of you drink.
If you are going to drink alcohol, make transport plans ahead to get back home safely.
Mae's Tip: What my friends and I normally do is to park our cars back home and cab over and then cab back if necessary! If let's say your home is too far, then make sure you valet home! Which can cost around $50 a night. (I think cab is the best solution)
Help your friends if they have had too many drinks. Thank God I have super nice friends who takes good care of one another and we control one another’s drinking!
Mae's Tip: You wouldn't want to be embarrassed by a friend who is drunk… So why not prevent it! If you find them getting too intoxicated, tell them they should stop drinking before they get too drunk and get them a glass of water from the bar (IT’S FREE SO TAKE AS MANY AS YOU NEED)
Do not drink at all before you do activities that are potentially risky, such as driving, swimming, boating etc.
Most importantly, be in control.
You can have control over what and how much you drink. In addition, there are also ways to reduce the harm of drinking. The important thing is to make safety and health your main priorities. Here are some tips to save you from embarrassment:
- Keep track of how much you are drinking by checking the number of standard alcoholic drinks consumed
- Do not allow or do top-ups; finish your drink before refilling in order to keep track of how many drinks you are having
- Set a limit for yourself and stick to it. As a guide, keep to 4 drinks for males and 3 drinks for females in one drinking session
- Be assertive and do not allow yourself to be pressured to drink more than your limit
- Have a "spacer" by alternating between non-alcoholic drinks and alcoholic ones.
- Drink slowly and do not drink alcohol to quench your thirst
- Do not just sit around and drink. Instead, go up and dance or chat with people
- Avoid drinking games. These make it easy for you to lose track of the amount you are drinking.
- Eat before and during drinking, but avoid eating food that makes you thirsty
- Learn how to set your drinking limits!
Here's a little reward for the responsible drinkers… a CONTEST!!!
How to Participate:
• Spot and snap a photo of the campaign wobblers and decals at any Cheers / NTUC Fairprice Xpress outlet. Like this!
• Upload the photo on your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with a caption on the costs of binge drinking, tag me @MarxMae and hashtag #bingecosts
Contest ends on 28 April 2014
• The top 10 participants with the most creative photo and caption will win $60 worth of Watsons vouchers
• The top 3 participants will also win an additional $20 worth of NTUC vouchers. That’s $80 worth of vouchers in total!
Good luck everyone!