The consumption of alcohol is an integral part of the holidays for many – office parties, egg nog and a champagne toast are just a few of the holiday traditions that involve alcohol. An unfortunate consequence is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths during the holiday season.
For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent opportunity to model the appropriate role of alcohol at celebrations. Children pay much greater attention to what their parents do rather than what they say. Consume in moderation, and don’t give the message that alcohol is the central component of festivities.
Should you chose to drink, here are some healthy guidelines to follow:
- Have no more than one drink an hour, and no more than a total of four drinks per day for men and three for women.
- Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
- Make every other drink a nonalcoholic one.
- Always have a designated driver (someone who has not consumed any alcohol), or plan an alternate way to get home, such as calling a cab or scheduling a ride.
Have a safe holiday season!