Your team won the championship, you got the promotion and are putting on another stripe or you got engaged. Good for you! You have some celebrating to do. But remember, it’s easy to overdo it when you start partying. Mistakes come easy if you’re drinking too much, and all that excitement can quickly end.
Challenge yourself to drink responsibly when celebrating.
1. Pick a designated driver.
Plan to take turns with your buddies being a designated driver. You’ll all have a better time without worrying about how to get home safely.
2. Decide how many drinks you’ll have when you go out.
Make a plan and stick to it. Think about how long you’ll be somewhere and decide how many drinks you’ll have. Avoid binge drinking and stick to no more than one alcoholic drink per hour. Commit to having a non-alcoholic drink like water in between alcoholic drinks to stay hydrated and keep your hands full. A soda on the rocks, sparkling water or a mocktail are also great options to break things up. And don’t forget to eat a few snacks!
3. Remember, it’s about the people.
Whether you are celebrating a team win or a personal goal, celebrating is about being with the people who had your back, not how much you can drink.
4. Check in with yourself.
Don’t want to wake up to embarrassing pictures or drunk texts after a night out? You’re a person of integrity and are stronger than any peer pressure that comes your way. Prepare for different ways to say no and stick to your goals so you don’t have to worry. Have an answer ready when someone tries to persuade you to have another drink.
If you try to cut back and have a hard time, it may be time to ask for help. Learn about your options.