Although lots of us look forward to Christmas all year, the festive season can be difficult to manage… and sometimes even dangerous. Did you know that there are more trips to A&E during December than any other month? This is often due to accidents such as burns in the kitchen, electric shocks from lights and drunken falls.

Christmas is the only time of year where boozing in the morning is more or less encouraged. But in a year when the NHS is stretched like never before – and COVID hangs over us all – there are a few things we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe this year.

Top tips to keep you safe when drinking

  • Stay within the low-risk alcohol guidelines – try not to drink more than 14 units, which is six standard glasses of 13% wine or six pints of 4% beer, in any week
  • Drink Free Days – allocate several days every week to not drinking – the drink free days.
  • Pace yourself and stay hydrated – Help your body clear out the alcohol by drinking plenty of water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks.
  • Stop the top-ups -Stop topping up your glass before it’s empty.
  • Check your Wee – If your urine is dark amber or strong-smelling you could be dehydrated, and drinking more alcohol can stress your liver
  • Drink slowly – This gives your body time to metabolize and flush the toxins from your body.
  • Eat before drinking – Never drink on an empty stomach, drinking on an empty stomach floods your body with alcohol and forces your liver to work too hard. A healthy meal before you go out or start drinking, and snacks between drinks can help to slow down the absorption of alcohol, helping you stay in control
  • Go ‘NoLo’ – Try replacing alcohol with a no or low alcohol alternative or an alcohol-free mocktail – they are just as tasty
  • Downsize – Try downsizing your alcoholic drinks. Not only will help you to drink less it will also reduce the number of calories you are take on board
  • Don’t drink and drive – It’s best to avoid alcohol completely if you are driving
  • Don’t give in to peer pressure – It’s very easy to feel peer pressure whether your out with friends or at home. You don’t need to have ‘one for the road’ – it’s ok to say no or leave a drink untouched.
  • Look to the Future – The New Year is a fantastic opportunity to look at the amount of alcohol you drink and make changes to your drinking that can benefit your health and wellbeing in 2022.