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Drink responsibly this festive season

While the festive season is synonymous with fun and relaxation it is also important to behave responsibly during this period to ensure your safety and that of others.

Drinking and driving, in particular, can have devastating consequences and should be avoided at all costs.

South Africa’s legal drinking limit, which is a breath alcohol content, is 0.24mg per 1 000ml or a blood alcohol count limit of 0.05g per 100ml.

Below are useful tips to help you enjoy this festive season in the safest way possible:

1. Don’t drink and drive – rather have an alternative plan

Either have a designated driver for the day/night. This should be the person in your group who does not plan to consume alcohol. Alternatively, make use of a transport service, travel in a group and save costs.

2. Take enough cash

Take enough cash along on your night out for your planned drinks and eats but make sure you have a little extra for a taxi ride home.

3. Ensure you have a charged cell phone

Make sure your phone is fully or close to fully charged when going out so that it is easy for you to make use of a taxi service or call someone you trust in case you need a ride home. To be safe, rather download the apps for a taxi service before the time.

4. Pace yourself – alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks

Pacing refers to alternating between alcohol and non-alcohol drinks. This allows you to have a lower intake of alcohol over longer periods, which allows the body to break down alcohol at a steady rate, so there is less accumulation of alcohol.

By drinking non-alcoholic drinks, such as water and cold drinks, you will not only reduce the effects of alcohol, but you will be able to enjoy socialising longer.

5. Be sure to enjoy a meal or snack with your drink

To moderate your blood alcohol level, have a meal with your alcoholic drinks or eat foods high in protein like meat and cheese before drinking.

6. Be a great host

Why not cater to all your guests including those that are not planning on consuming alcohol by having a variety of drinks including non-alcoholic beverages at your party.

7. Look out for your friends

Be careful not to leave your drink unattended at a bar/restaurant or venue or accept a drink from someone you do not know.

Encourage your colleagues and friends to make the same responsible decisions.

Information supplied by South African Breweries.

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