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Elizabeth Hartney, PhD

How to Avoid Too Much Drinking During the Holidays

By December 30, 2012

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The holidays present many different situations in which too much drinking is expected, even encouraged. This can be a problem not only for heavy drinkers and alcoholics, but also for people who normally control their drinking, or who are inexperienced drinkers. The work Christmas party is an example of a situation in which you are seen as a "lightweight" or "not one of the team" if you abstain, so you need to be prepared in order to keep your dignity intact at the work Christmas party.

But once work is over, it can get even harder. For those who have heavy drinkers in the family, you can be under constant pressure to join your relatives in a drink, or two, which can lead to more and more. Friends can also be a source of peer pressure to drink, and you can feel as if you are missing out or not really having a good time with friends who are drinking when you are not. But staying in control is the key to avoiding too much drinking, so here are my top five tips for staying in control of alcohol during the holidays:

Although I advise ignoring peer pressure, and remind readers that any so-called friend who pressurizes someone who is trying to abstain or cut down to have another drink may not be such a great friend, I realize how difficult it can be, in reality, to say no to a drink. Truth be told, I have heard so many stories of relapse that happened simply because the individual didn't know how to say no to the offer of a drink, that I've lost count. But it is possible, and really just takes practice.

Lost for words when you're offered a drink? Here are my top five techniques for refusing a drink.

So this Winter holiday, hold your head high, and take control of your drinking. You may even have a more enjoyable holiday without a massive hangover to deal with the following day!

December 26, 2010 at 1:55 am
(1) firozali says:

How much Panadol can one take as I hear lots about the ill effects of these. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla

December 26, 2010 at 1:56 am
(2) firozali says:

How much Panadol can one take as there is lot of hype on this. I thank you firozali A. Mulla DBA

March 12, 2011 at 3:01 am
(3) Firozali A.Mulla DBA says:

How to Avoid Too Much Drinking During the Holidays
Elizabeth Hartney, Five Ways to Avoid Drinking Too Much During the Holidays
Have you heard that the vengeance is the huge culprit more then getting drunk?
What exactly is the use of the alcohol when we are still on the cell and sms all the time? Some courtiers have banned the smoking in some areas and no cell while driving but I still feel the drivers cause more accidents via usage of the cell while driving or get carried away while talking to the girl friend. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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