Spring break and summer vacation are a couple of those times when drinking seems to be the fun thing to do. Drinking too much on vacation can cause a lot of problems, including addiction. Drinking on vacation isn’t just something teens do either. Even adults enjoy a little libation (or a lot) when they have some free time from work and other responsibilities.
When you’re having the time of your life on vacation you still want to keep that good head on your shoulders. Drinking too much can cause all sorts of issues. Here are some tips to help you drink and still enjoy your vacation without blackouts and fuzzy memories.
Know Your Limits
The first step to having a fun vacation that is laced with alcohol is to know your own limits. If you know that two beers are enough to get your tipsy, stick with only one or two beers a night. Pace yourself with them, having one early in the night and then drinking soda or water until later in the night when you drink your other one. Don’t try to compete with someone that can drink more than you.
Drink With Someone You Trust
Never drink alone, especially when you’re far away from home. Have a drinking buddy that can help you if you do drink too much. Someone that will notice if you’re going a little too far with the drink orders.
Have A Designated Driver
Part of the dangers of drinking is the dangers of drunks and buzzed driving. Just don’t do it. If you don’t have a DD, call an Uber, Lyft, or a cab. If you’re in an area you don’t know, ride with a buddy in your Uber to make sure you have a safe ride.
Don’t Accept Drinks From Strangers
Never accept a drink directly handed to you from someone you don’t know or barely know at a bar or party. That drink could be spiked with someone. If someone wants to buy you a drink, as them to do it through the bartender who can deliver it right to you from their own “employed by that establishment” hands.
Alcohol does not count as hydration, and if you are vacation somewhere warm, all of that alcohol could be working toward dehydration. Drink a glass of water in between each of your drinks. This will help you stay hydrated and help you avoid heat exhaustion.
Don’t drink wine, beer, and then switched to mixed drinks. Stick to one drink of choice (it makes it easier to keep track of what you’ve been drinking, among other things). You also shouldn’t mix drugs and alcohol (drugs can cause even more problems than a beer bender on one night of vacation).