Manage Festive Drinking: 5 Effortless Strategies for Embracing the Festive Season with Clarity and Balance

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The festive season tempts indulgence, yet a mindful approach to alcohol can enrich the experience without excess.

Here are five practical strategies to manage alcohol consumption while embracing festive cheer:

1. Plan Alternatives Ahead of Time

Discover the variety of non-alcoholic options on the market - like mocktails, herbal teas, or flavoured sparkling water. Having these alternatives readily available can add variety to your celebrations while reducing reliance on alcoholic beverages.

four friends sharing christmas drinks


2. Set Clear Limits

Establish boundaries for alcohol intake during gatherings. Decide in advance the number of drinks you'll have and pace yourself accordingly. Setting limits helps maintain control and prevents overindulgence.  It's also essential to know the standard drink measures for better tracking.  orlí offers 0.5 standard drinks per 330ml can while lower strength beers can be as low as 0.8 standard drinks per 375ml serving. 

multiple bottles of wine, beer, glass of spirits, glass of wine - representing standard drinks

Standard Drink Guidelines

3. Choose Reduced-Alcohol Options

Explore the variety of reduced-alcohol or alcohol-free alternatives available. Choose beverages with reduced alcohol content, such as light beers or seltzers, non-alcoholic wines, or mocktails. These options provide the taste without the high alcohol volume.

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4. Stay Engaged in Activities

Engage in festive activities that don't revolve around alcohol. Participate in games, sports, or conversations that don't involve drinking. Being actively involved in other enjoyable activities can reduce the focus on alcohol.

young woman and older lady sharing joy at christmas

5. Stay Active

We've all done it - but no one likes to work out on a hangover! Try to stay consistent with your exercise regimen during the festive period. Exercise can uplift mood and reinforce healthy habits amidst celebrations [1].

 A person jumping high in the sky, sunset in the background

By following these strategies, you can enjoy the festive season with a mindful approach to alcohol consumption, ensuring a healthier and more enjoyable celebration for yourself and others.

Remember, moderation is key, and prioritizing your well-being enhances the joy of the festive period without the need for excessive alcohol.

Work hard, Play smart and #staylight


[1]  Kvam S, Lykkedrang Kleppe C, Nordhus I H, Hovland A,Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis, Journal of Affective Disorders, Volume 202, 15 September 2015, pages 67-86
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