How-to Keep Off Alcohol Weight: Lifestyle Adjustments

Alcoholic drinks can be packed with tons of calories. Before you know it, these extra calories can really catch up with you. In order to keep off alcohol weight, you will have to limit the number of calories you are drinking, and do other things to work off the extra calories. Learn more about what steps you can take to avoid packing on unwanted pounds due to drinking.

How-to Keep Off Alcohol Weight: Smarter Drinking (ADUI-A)

Drink Choices

When choosing which drink you will have, try and stick to ones that are going to have lower calories and less sugar. Mixed drinks and cocktails can be packed with sugary mixers and add-ons. Drinks like a Long Island Iced Tea, Piña Colada, or Margarita are full of sugar and calories. The more calories you drink, the more weight you will gain.

Options such as Rum and Diet Coke or Vodka and Soda Water are going to be better options, calorie-wise. Other things to consider would be a glass of Chardonnay, Bloody Mary, Bud Lite, or Gin and Diet Tonic. These have fewer calories than some options and will consume fewer calories and keep off alcohol weight.

Spread It Out

To reduce the amount you are drinking, and therefore the number of calories, you can spread out your drinks a little more so that you end up drinking less. Perhaps opt to alternate between an alcoholic beverage and then a glass of water. Throughout the course of the evening, you will end up consuming fewer drinks than you would have otherwise.

Smart Snacking

Alcohol can make you want to eat more by increasing your appetite. If you believe this will be an issue for you, try and make sure to have healthy snack or meal options readily available. If you already have something like hummus, a veggie tray, or even fruit available, you may be less likely to chow down on a pizza or nachos. By making healthier food choices while drinking, you will further be able to keep off alcohol weight

Exercise

In general, staying active and exercising is an excellent way to burn off extra calories. This is not to say that you get a free pass to drink more just because you are working out. However, if you do overindulge every now and then, a healthy workout routine will help your body keep off alcohol weight. Runs, weight training, brisk walks, or even cycling classes are great places to start.

How-to Serve Seasonal Drinks for Fall

Fall is here, and that means fall flavors are going to be popping up everywhere. In stores and cafes, you will start to find pumpkin-flavored everything. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, or PSLs, become a seasonal buzzword in the fall. If pumpkin is not quite your thing, you may enjoy items flavored with apple or maple instead. While many of the fall festivities may be called off this year due to Covid, you can still have the taste of fall yourself. Whether you want to try one of these drinks at home or serve them at a fall gathering when it is safe to do so, you will want to know some seasonal drinks for fall.

How-to Serve Seasonal Drinks for Fall: Festive Beverages

Pumpkin Latte

There are so many fun and festive cocktails you can make for fall. Since the PSL is the reigning champion of the season, why not try a boozy version? The Drunken Pumpkin Latte may be just the perfect twist on the most popular of the seasonal drinks for fall! It looks impressive and tastes delicious, but it is easier to make than you may think!

Combine 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and 1 tablespoon sugar on a small plate. Rim two coffee mugs with the lemon wedge, then dip in sanding sugar and spice mixture. Make sure to keep the remaining sugar and spice mixture. In a heatproof measuring cup or bowl, stir the espresso powder, the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and the remaining teaspoon of pumpkin spice into the boiling water until dissolved. Then, add the rumchata and vodka and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared mugs. Finally, top with whipped cream and sprinkle with some of the remaining sugar and spice mixture. Enjoy!

Spiced Cider

Who doesn’t love hot apple cider in the fall? It just feels so festive. Out of all of the seasonal drinks for fall, spiced cider may be one of the most versatile. It is delicious on its own for anyone not wanting to partake in an alcoholic beverage. It is also a good option if you are not wanting to serve alcohol at your gathering. However, it is really great spiked as well.

To make it, add 1 gallon of apple juice or cider into a 10 quart dutch oven. Next, it’s time for the spices and flavoring. Cut up 1 orange into slices, and add it to the apple cider. Also, add 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise, 1 tablespoon whole cloves, 1 tablespoon whole allspice, and a small pice of sliced ginger root to the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 2-3 hours. You can add 1.5 cups of spiced rum to the apple cider mixture if you would like. Don’t forget to remove the spices and fruit from the mixture before serving.

If you are wanting to enjoy a seasonal beverage, you will not go wrong with either of these options. Now you will have some great ideas if you are wanting to serve seasonal drinks for fall.

How-to Turn Down Alcohol

It can be tough to get sober when everyone else around you still drinks. The feeling of peer pressure can cause you to keep drinking, even when you don’t want to. Therefore, it’s helpful to know how you can turn down alcohol. These methods can allow you to keep sober and avoid outside influence…

How-to Turn Down Alcohol: Useful Methods

Say you don’t drink

One of the simplest ways to turn down alcohol is by saying you don’t drink. It might seem simple, but it actually tends to work. When people are aware that you don’t drink, then they’ll know to not offer you alcohol. That way, you won’t have to worry about them suggesting it in the future.

Still, there may be some people who don’t get the message. Instead, they may try and pester you until you drink. Here, you can choose to tell them you don’t drink because you’re trying to get sober. If you don’t feel comfortable with that, then politely let them know that they’re making you feel uncomfortable.

Say you’ve had enough

Another way to turn down alcohol is by saying you’ve actually had enough to drink. This works like the opposite of saying you don’t drink. By saying that you’ve already had enough to drink, then other people won’t try and make you have any more to drink.

Again, you may have some who do try and encourage you to drink more. Usually, these are people who tend to go over their limits as well. Sometimes, it can be as easy as saying you will in a bit and letting them forget about it.

Say you’re the designated driver

An easy way to turn down alcohol is by stating you’re someone’s designated driver. The designated driver needs to be sober in order to get the person they’re driving home back safely. Because of this, many people will realize that they shouldn’t offer you anything to drink, as you need to stay sober.

This method works well even on those who tend to be more persistent. Plus, you may even get some help from other people. Those who understand how important designated drivers are will help get other people off your back about drinking.

How-to Watch Your Alcohol Tolerance

There’s a lot of factors behind a person’s ability to handle alcohol. One of the main factors to consider is alcohol tolerance. Depending on your tolerance, you may or may not be able to handle certain amounts of drinks…

How-to Watch Your Alcohol Tolerance: Safe Limits

What is tolerance?

Most people would say that they feel like they can drink more now before feeling drunk than they could when they started drinking. This is because of their alcohol tolerance. As you get more experience with drinking, your body becomes more used to the effects of alcohol. As such, the same amount of alcohol which used to make you feel tipsy no longer does. Still, for some people, they’ll have a lower tolerance even if they’ve been drinking for a while. There’s a lot of reasons as to why this may be. Things like a person’s age, weight, and metabolism can all impact their tolerance levels.

Potential concerns

The issue with increasing alcohol tolerance is how it can encourage unhealthy drinking habits. Due to a person not feeling the effects like they did before, they may end up drinking more in a short time span. However, this ends up causing all that alcohol to hit them at once. In turn, they end up way more drunk than they intended. This can result in some long-term issues as well. When a person begins to drink more to feel the same effects, this translates to more overall alcohol consumption. Not only can these lead to health issues, but it can even cause a person to develop an addiction.

Possible solutions

Alcohol tolerance is a bit of a difficult thing to work around. However, the easiest way to manage it is by simply limiting your drinking. The less you drink, the lower your tolerance will get. Eventually, your body may get back to levels similar to when you first started to drink. Still, when you do get to this point, you have to be careful. It can be easy to raise your tolerance back up and undo all the work you’ve done. Be sure you properly space out your drinks to ensure that you keep your tolerance at an acceptable level.

How-to Attend a Tailgate Without Drinking

Although this year tailgating may not be a thing due to Covid-19, tailgating is a popular pastime during football and other sporting event seasons. These activities usually involve large amounts of food, camaraderie, and a lot of drinking. If you are wanting to avoid drinking alcohol for any reason, a tailgate may be an uncomfortable situation for you. However, it does not need to be uncomfortable. There are plenty of ways to attend a tailgate without drinking.

How-to Attend a Tailgate Without Drinking: Social Situations

Beverage Alternatives

There are many non-alcoholic drink options that you can have at a tailgate. You could have a soda to drink. Just put it in a coozie to keep it cool, or you could pour it into a cup if you were wanting to be discreet. (Virgin Rum and Coke, anyone?) Sometimes, tailgates can get really warm, so another option is to just keep hydrated with water. If this is too plain for you, there are many flavored waters available. If you are hosting the tailgate, you could even think of making non-alcoholic party drinks, and lettings others spike them if they want to.

You can even buy little flavoring bottles where you can squeeze a little flavor of your choice into a water bottle. If you feel like you are missing out on the taste of beer, opt for a non-alcoholic beer like Heineken 0.0. These are great alternatives so that you can attend a tailgate without drinking.

Pretend to Drink

It is not hard to find a solution for showing up at a tailgate without drinking, no matter the reason. There are times when you may not want anyone to know you are not drinking. For example, if you are pregnant but not ready to tell anyone yet, you will not want to tip anyone off by not drinking. In this case, just open something in an opaque container so that no one can see how much of a drink you have remaining. Just do not forget to “take a sip” every now and then. If you have to drink from a clear container, only add in the mixer and pretend to add in alcohol. Just do not let anyone else play bartender for you.

There may be the event that you get stuck with an alcoholic beverage anyways. One tip is that you could pour out some of your drink in a discreet area behind some cars. If you are with your significant other, and they have not had much to drink , they could take small sips from your cup so that it looks like you are making progress. You could also just set the drink down somewhere and engage in another activity instead. Sometimes there are games, like corn hole at tailgates. This could be a great “hands-free” activity that would allow you to be drinkless for a while.

How-to Understand Addiction Severity

One of the main reasons as to why people don’t think they need treatment for an addiction is because they don’t think they have one in the first place. However, it may be due to them not understanding addiction severity. Taking a closer look at your usage can help you realize if you should seek out treatment…

How-to Understand Addiction Severity: Important Criteria

Rate of usage

One way to determine your addiction severity is by looking how often you take drugs or alcohol. Usually, the more often you take them, the more you may have a serious addiction. It could get to the point where you take it every day, or even multiple times each day. The amount you take may also continue to increase in size.

At the same time, you can also see what happens when you go without taking anything. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, this can also clue you in that you have developed an addiction. The stronger the symptoms, the more severe you know your addiction is.

Input from your friends

Your friends can also help you realize your addiction severity. How they react to your usage can make you realize your usage is unhealthy. If your friends are adamant that you should seek some outside help, then it may be a good idea to take their advice.

You can also consider if you’ve been keeping your drug and alcohol use a secret from your friends. Many times, people do this because they feel that their friends would be concerned if they were aware. At this point, it’s good to be honest with them and see how they respond. After all, your friends only want to make sure you’re safe and healthy.

Impact on your life

Addiction severity can be quite clearly seen in how it impacts your life. You may find that you are unable to do anything else except fulfill your cravings. This could impact your job, relationships with friends and family, and even your overall well-being. When your quality of live starts suffering due to your usage, then you can recognize that it’s a problem.

Even if you seem to have things together, don’t allow for yourself to be fooled. Being a high-functioning addict is still something to take seriously. Eventually, your addiction will catch up to you as in becomes more severe, and everything can seemingly change for you all at once.

How-to Stay Safe While Drinking Abroad: Travel Safety

If you are traveling or even studying abroad, you will likely want to grab a drink (or several) in the new city you are visiting. However, drinking abroad may be different than drinking in your home country. While you should be careful and smart any time you drink, there is an extra level that comes into play when you are drinking abroad. Use these tips to stay safe during a night out in a different country.

How-to Stay Safe While Drinking Abroad: Things to Consider

Local Laws

When going out for a drink in another country, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the local laws. For example, drinking ages can vary between countries. There may also be other rules regarding alcohol such as where you are and are not allowed to drink. Make sure to look into these laws, or ask locals you trust to find out what is acceptable and what is not. You certainly do not want to get in trouble with the law while you are drinking abroad.

Moderation

It is very possible to be affected differently by the alcohol in other countries than in your own country. It is possible that the alcohol content is higher there than at home. This could apply to beer, wine and even liquor. This could cause you to become intoxicated faster than you expected.

You could get into a dangerous situation if you get drunk in an unfamiliar area. Some examples include robbery, assaults, rape, falling or even death. Be mindful of how much you are drinking and do not drink too much quickly.

Buddy System

It is safer if you use the buddy system if you are drinking abroad. Whether you tag along with one other person or a whole group, there is strength in numbers. Sometimes it is easy to fall into a trap where you feel safe and let your guard down while in a new city. While it may be totally safe and fine, you should still be mindful of being in a new area.

It never hurts to have someone looking out for you to make sure you are safe. You should be doing the same for them as well. This could even be someone to walk with you to and from the bars. Make sure this is someone you feel you can trust.

It is really fun to explore new places and grab some drinks to experience the culture. Just make sure you are making smart choices so that you stay safe while you are drinking abroad.

Peer Pressure: What Is It?

When most people hear of peer pressure, they assume that it’s mainly negative. However, there’s a bit more nuance to it than you may believe. As such, it’s good to know what exactly it looks like, and when it can be good or bad…

Peer Pressure: Prevalent Examples

Understand the term

Usually, peer pressure refers to when others pressure another person into doing something. Most commonly, this tends to be alcohol or drug usage, especially among kids and teens. They may call the person a “baby” or state that they won’t be cool unless they drink or take drugs. There are some cases when peer pressure can be positive outside of these situations. For instance, it could be that a kid or teen wants to join a club or play a sport but lacks the confidence to do so. Their friends can then encourage them to do so with some positive reinforcement. In this case, the person’s peers are helping them to do something which will positively benefit them.

Countering the pressure

It can be tough for a kid or teen to deal with peer pressure. They may feel stressed and worry that if they don’t do what they’re told, they’ll lose their friends. However, this pressure alone isn’t the only thing which can cause them to drink or use drugs. Their home environment plays a big role as well. Therefore, it’s helpful to create a supportive and positive home for them. Being a good role model will encourage them to make the right decisions should they have to deal with this kind of pressure. Plus, you should take time to talk to them about peer pressure and what they should do. If they better understand the negatives, they’ll be more likely to walk away.

Adult pressure

It’s important to note that peer pressure doesn’t just happen to kids and teens. It also happens with adults. Usually, the reasoning tends to be the same. The adult being pressured doesn’t want to look “uncool” or like they don’t fit in and will do whatever the others are pressuring them to do. For adults, this kind of pressure can be harder to spot. For instance, if you already drink, then you won’t be pressured like a kid or teen would. Instead, your friends might try to have you drink way more than you usually do. While it may be a bit different, the consequences can still be just as bad.

Alcohol Expenses: Financial Impacts

Most people are aware of the negative health effects of alcohol. However, not many are aware of the financial ones. Alcohol expenses aren’t always easy to spot. Still, that doesn’t mean they won’t add up…

Alcohol Expenses: Costly Consequences

Purchase price

The most apparent of the alcohol expenses is the purchase price. Alcohol is one of those things which doesn’t really come cheap due to factors like taxes. Even the more inexpensive options can quickly add up if you buy them often. Not to mention the premium choices, which can be $30 or more for just a single bottle.

There are also the “extra” pieces to consider. For instance, if you like mixed drinks, then you’ll also have to buy mixers. While not as pricey as the alcohol itself, it still more money that you’re spending. It’s no surprise as to why those who struggle with heavy drinking also tend to struggle financially.

Heath and legal expenses

Alcohol expenses can also show up in the form of negative health effects. These negatives can quickly get to the point where they require medical attention. As a result, you can end up being stuck with some expensive medical bills. These costs can get even higher if you need constant, long-term treatment.

Of course, you also need to consider potential legal costs too. Getting something like a DUI doesn’t just come with a hefty fine. You’ll also have to consider how potentially losing your license will make it harder for you to go to or find work in the future.

Recovery costs

Even when you try to get sober, alcohol expenses can still be felt. In particular, you have to factor in the price of your recovery efforts. Places such as rehab facilities can be a bit high in price depending on how long you want to stay. Plus, you may also need to factor in things like travel, and other outside expenses you still need to manage.

However, unlike the other costs, you should consider this one to be an investment. Putting the money towards recovery now is important for getting yourself clean. That way, you’ll have a much better chance at finding a well-paying job and starting your path to financial recovery.

Alcohol During Quarantine: Avoiding Excessive Drinking

Covid-19 has caused increased stress and loneliness, causing people to turn to alcohol during quarantine. People are unable to do normal activities, see friends or visit loved ones. Others have lost jobs, or have to work in dangerous conditions. With all of the isolation, boredom, fear and stress this pandemic has brought, it’s no surprise that alcohol consumption has increased. Instead of turning to a bottle, find another outlet to keep you occupied during quarantine.

Alcohol During Quarantine: Alternatives

Give Someone a Call

Instead of trying to drown your boredom and loneliness with alcohol during quarantine, use this time to connect with people you’ve lost touch with. If you’re feeling lonely, chances are, they could be too. You could always call someone on the telephone. Also, there are many virtual video call options now available so that you can see a familiar face. Facetime and Zoom are becoming quite popular during this time. You could even set a routine call schedule, so that you are accountable to talking to your friends or family on a weekly basis. There are even ways you can play games with others while on a video call. For example, Jackbox.tv is a great party game that can be played on your phone or computer over a call.

Take a Class

Instead of turning to alcohol during quarantine, use the extra free time to learn something new. Many universities and programs are offering free courses right now. For instance, Yale is offering their most popular course, The Science of Well-Being, for free! There are courses you can take in many different subjects at no charge. From coding to digital marketing, and finance to cooking, the options are endless. There are websites that have lists of the courses available.

Exercise

A healthy alternative to alcohol during quarantine is to spend time exercising. You may not be able to go to a gym, but there are many alternatives. Go for a walk or a run in your area. There are also many workout classes available on Youtube. These include yoga, pilates, zumba, strength training and many more.

Home Projects

Perhaps there are projects around home that you have been putting off? Since you’re spending more time at home, this is a perfect time to improve your home.  Instead of turning to alcohol during quarantine, look around your house and see what you could do. It could be something small like just tidying up or organizing. Or, it could be bigger projects like painting or even doing a renovation.

If you have a yard, you could plant some flowers, remove weeds, put out mulch or trim back hedges. A larger scale project example could be laying stones for a patio, or doing a renovation to make your outdoors more enjoyable to hang out in.

While the pandemic has certainly disrupted everyone’s lives, there are many ways to occupy yourself besides turning to alcohol during quarantine. Instead of falling into loneliness and depression, connect with old friends, learn something new, or make your home more cozy with your new found free time.