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Well, it is the 7th of December and it is almost the weekend! The first Friday in December is often the start of the party season. Have you got a Christmas party this evening?
7th of December
In The Advent Bag
In the Advent bag today is a little Happyland Figurine that we call “Party boy” in our house. He looks like he is having a lot of fun!
Where is the Elf Hiding Today?
Oh dear! The Elf has been trapped under a glass, and obviously wants to be set free!
I think this is an important lesson. Do be safe when out drinking this Christmas!
Ultimate Guide to Staying Safe When Drinking Over The Party Season.
1. Know Your Limits
It is easy at this time of year to really go out on a bender. Hey, everyone else is doing it and it’s Christmas! But do be aware of how much you are drinking. A binge is really bad for the system, especially if you are not used to drinking much for the rest of the year.
2. Eat Before you Go Out
Or Eat while you are out, to help soak up some of the alcohol that you are drinking. It won’t stop you from getting drunk, but it will slow down the effects and keep you from getting too drunk too quickly.
3. Drink Water or a Soft Drink in-between Alcoholic Drinks Whilst Out
It is not soft to be drinking soft drinks. Again it just helps you not to get too drunk by watering down the alcohol in your bloodstream. Stops it all getting too messy!
4. Watch Your Drink
Never leave your drink unattended when you go to the toilet or to dance. There are people out there who may take advantage and spike your drink. This could be disastrous or even fatal.
5. Never Swim when Drunk
This may sound like a pretty obvious thing. But alcohol makes you do crazy things, like making you feel a bit superhuman. It also lowers your inhibitions. Making that river seem like such a good idea. Well it isn’t. You are so much more likely to get into difficulties. With fatal consequences.
6. Stay With Your Group
Stay safe. Make sure you know how you are all getting home, and maybe text each other when home to make sure everyone is OK.
7. Be Safe
Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, and affects your judgement and behaviours. Your reasoning is totally affected, making you more likely to take risks and do dangerous things. You feel drowsy and unbalanced, and you have slower reactions. You are more likely to
- get into a fight
- fall over or down stairs
- walk into a busy road of traffic
- decide to walk home when you can’t get a taxi.
The alcohol in your system opens up the blood vessels in your skin, making you feel warmer, but this is a very false impression. Actually, it means that your core temperature has fallen, and your vital internal organs have lost some core heat.
This, paired with you being more likely to make poor choices can mean that you deciding to walk home is the worst decision ever. If you decide to sit or lay down and fall asleep in these cold winter months, hypothermia can very quickly set in. And this can be fatal.
Please stay safe this Christmas.
Music of the Day
After all that morose talk about the dangers of drinking, what better song for today than the brilliant Pogues and Kirsty McColl with “The Fairytale of New York”? Lots of my fellow bloggers requested this one when I asked them, but the first to suggest it was Laura from MumOfFiveStayingSane.co.uk . Enjoy!
Have a lovely Friday, see you tomorrow with another dose of advent – and maybe some Alka Selzer!
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