Tips For Controlling Blood Alcohol Content:
Drinking responsibly requires knowledge and understanding of alcohol in your system and can mean the difference between saving your life and others’ or becoming a statistic. Read the 15 points below and discover how best to control your blood alcohol and behave responsibly.
Despite all the warnings, many teens will still drink. People drink and use other drugs to feel good. Experimentation with alcohol during the teen years is common. Some reasons that teens use alcohol and other drugs are:
- it feels good
- to reduce stress and relax
- to fit in
- to feel older
So, no matter what people say and do, teens will drink, and it is important to provide tips for safer drinking, to reduce alcohol poisoning and the other dangers that occur with consuming large quantities of alcohol. The following is a list of some tips that you can follow to help you control your Blood Alcohol Levels and ensure that you do not become too intoxicated, and risk poisoning.
- Pace your drinking, allow time between drinks.
- Consider alternating non-alcoholic “decoy” drinks with those containing alcohol, ie. drinking plain orange juice every other drink.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach, foods with fats and/or proteins slow alcohol absorption. Don’t go for the disco fries, but fried mozzarella sticks instead. Carbohydrates actually increase your blood alcohol, while a cheeseburger without the bun will have the opposite effect.
- Keep track of how much you are drinking; know how much alcohol is poured into every glass.
- Dilute distilled beverages, don’t drink them straight. After the first few drinks, reduce the amount of alcohol in each drink. (Your taste buds will be dulled and you won’t be able to tell the difference.) Switch to “light beer” or “low alcohol” wines after the first few drinks. (Again, your taste buds will be dulled and you won’t be able to tell the difference.)
- Avoid possible interactions between alcohol and other drugs (including certain foods and over-the-counter medications).
- Drink only if YOU want to, don’t let others dictate your choice. If someone offers you a drink, you can say “thanks for the offer, but I’ve had my limit”.
- Women will become more drunk than a man of the same weight and height. The reason has to do with the ability to absorb and retain water. Guys, this isn’t a free pass, but gals, it means added responsibility to keep sober.
- Keep active. Don’t just sit down and drink all night. If you keep active you will drink less and will be more aware of your level of intoxication. Dancing may not be your thing, but it actually helps to keep you sober.
- Keep out of “Chugging” contests or other drinking “games.” They’re infantile and incredibly dangerous to yourself and others.
- Stop drinking before the party is over, to allow your liver time to burn off some of the alcohol. Drink non-alcoholic beverages the last hour or so.
- Keep in mind that an added ice cube, a slightly smaller glass, or a “decoy” drink will go undetected by others. They may help you to resist the well-meaning efforts of others at the party who can’t stand to see someone without a drink in their hand and those who may feel they need to pressure you into drinking.
- NEVER drink and drive. If you brought a car to a party, get someone else who’s totally sober to drive you home or take a taxi. You can always go back to get your car when sober, but you can’t restore a lost life from drunk driving.
- Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to be the “designated driver”. In fact, it’s not only an honor, but a great favor you’re doing, making you the unsung hero. Think of it this way; if you’re sober and get everyone home in one piece no-one may be pinning medals on your chest, but if you or your friends drive drunk and kill someone, your life and theirs will be ruined, no matter who was behind the wheel.
- Responsible alcohol use means that you won’t be sorry in the morning and neither will your family or the families of others!