Alcohol is a complicated subject as there are so many variables where its use is concerned. For some people, it can be troublesome and wreak havoc on their lives. For others, it is a source of pleasure to be enjoyed for its taste and presentation. This article is only going to discuss how to enjoy alcohol and incorporate it into a healthy lifestyle. There is no judgment here, just thoughts and tips on how you can fully enjoy your life without a sense of deprivation or restriction.
*Enjoy alcohol for the taste, not the effect. Appreciate the art of winemaking, craft beer, the cleanness of vodka or tequila or the creativity put into making a cocktail. Enjoy its complexity and savor every sip! Make it special.
*Drink alcohol on happy days or special occasions. It tastes even better when you are not drinking it every day and saturating your senses with it. Be careful drinking on days you feel stressed, sad or overall not great in your body (illness, fatigue) as it is a depressant and will exacerbate those feelings and sensations.
*Drink water before indulging in alcohol, in between drinks and after. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate to help your body flush its effects out. It will also make you feel much better the next day.
*Do not drink on an empty stomach! This is a major party foul. It will flood your bloodstream too quickly, cause your blood sugar to rapidly rise, leave you hungry and will put you straight on the path to a hangover from hell.
*Keep it to a one to two drink maximum. Pick your absolute favorites, space them out appropriately and savor them. I also find two is the perfect number if you drink with thought and consideration. One drink is always a treat and if you opt to have another, you will savor it as well. In addition, the following morning, if you paced, hydrated yourself, ate appropriately and slept well, you will feel little to minimal effects of alcohol.
*Know your limits. If you are a lightweight, respect that! If you can handle more than two drinks and stay safe, that’s fine too. Just remember alcohol is typically higher in calories and it does add up especially if you view it per week. If you drink 3-4 drinks, several times a week, this could lead to hundreds, if not thousands of extra calories. Keep in mind too, alcohol lowers your inhibitions, making you grab for food (typically higher in calories) as you are indulging.
*Drink earlier if you can help it. The effects of alcohol will wear off earlier, you can avoid a hangover, hydrate appropriately and it will not disrupt your sleep schedule. Day drinking or early evening cocktails can be quite fun and just as enjoyable.