A Vodka, A Beer...And A Small Waistline, Please!
If you want to join in the celebrations, but are worried about the impact it will have on your weight-control goals, relax. Read our tips for drinking smart here. Cheers!
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Having a few drinks during this Australia Day?
At this time of year, it's tempting to have a few drinks; sometimes, almost expected. While a few occasional drinks may do you no harm, overindulging at any time of the year is definitely not a good look and won't help your health – or your waistline!
If you're a woman or a young adult and plan to drink this Australia Day, keep in mind that the effects of alcohol will hit you harder than they will a man. No, we're not being sexist, it's science: Women and adolescents tend to have a lower body weight, smaller livers and a lesser enzyme capacity to process the alcohol than men do. So don't bother trying to match your mate, drink-for-drink - that game is rigged!
Also be aware that as you age, your ability to handle alcohol decreases. Plus, if you're a diabetic, of any age group, you need to approach alcohol with extra care. This is because alcohol increases the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and drug interactions if you take insulin and certain types of diabetes pills. See your doctor if you have any concerns.
Social drinking tips
Have a non-alcoholic "spacer" between drinks
If you're planning to have a few drinks at a barbeque or get-together there are things you can do to protect your health and waistline. Try these smart tips for social drinking:
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