“I drink to make other people more interesting.” Possibly you have found yourself wondering something identical when you’ve been putting up with an awkward conversation with a stranger at a bar or when you’re out on a date filled with painfully long silences.
Your immediate solution might be to reach for the closest bottle of wine until you can escape. But is there any other way to enjoy drinking? The best way to consume alcohol is in moderation. You can also get just the right amount of buzz so you can enjoy your evening but won’t feel a sickening hangover in the morning.
Mindful drinking is all about awareness and being present in your choices.
The concept of mindful drinking is more than just an idea. It’s a movement. A community that’s growing larger every day. In other words, it’s all about thinking while drinking. Mindful drinking is not about quitting alcohol but instead being aware of how much alcohol you’re consuming and its impact on you in that moment. It’s about being conscious about the reasons for and the ramifications of drinking. It’s all about improving your relationship with alcohol to maximize enjoyment and minimize the downside of drinking.
5 Ways To Mindfully Enjoy Your Drink
Way #1 – Pause And Evaluate
A lot of us fall into default behaviors when drunk. One might say yes to another drink before even considering other alternatives. But it’s essential to ask yourself whether it’s really what you want right now?
It is important to be intentional with your questions, even asking yourself these questions, so that you will know how you really feel about the alcohol you are drinking. The process of that discovery is challenging because it makes you aware of yourself and more mindful.
Drinking when you’re ecstatic can be enjoyable—but drinking in grief when you’re lonely, tired, and emotional? Not a good idea. Rather than adding a hangover to your problems, face them.
Think ‘HALT’: Am I Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired? If your answer is yes to any of these things, do something about that first to avoid hiding it with a drink. Evaluate and understand what your body really needs.
Way #2 – Know Your Drink
You don’t walk into a bar and get handed any random spirit. You would mindfully consider the endless choices before you and choose one. It’s important to know and distinguish your own taste and preference.
There is no end to the wide variety in alcohol, ranging from a classic Gin & Tonic to a sweet glass of Sangria wine. It’s essential to know your drink as one should consume liquor with the proper knowledge to enjoy it fully.
If you’re a person who usually mixes a combination of drinks, then you surely must know what suits your body and the alcohol content in your drink. Know your drink to help yourself appreciate the finest of liquors from all around the world.
Way #3 – Set Your Limits Ahead Of Time
Drinking can be part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are aware of your limits and follow them.
According to research, it’s suggested for healthy adults to drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week, and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day, to reduce the lifetime risk from alcohol-related disease or injury. If you are drinking with the aim of getting tipsy, try not to exceed more than one drink per hour as a standard drink contains about 10 gms of ethanol (alcohol) which our body can process in an hour.
How much alcohol one can handle depends on their age, gender, weight, and how one feels at the time. Drinking regularly and above limits also increase your risk of developing a long-term chronic condition.
Way #4 – Order What You Enjoy
During social gatherings, it’s often easy to say, “I’ll have what they’re having.” Instead, avoid the temptation to order your drink out of habit or social norms. It’s no compulsion to have a shot if others are doing so. Your first drink should be something you can really enjoy and savor. Don’t start off with a shot, as that might throw you off your pace for the night (one drink per hour). Instead, pick a chilled beer you really love or try a new cocktail to have a great alcohol experience.
You’d be surprised. Some people might even follow your lead and have what you’re having.
Way #5 – Savour Your Drink
Drinking is not just for celebration but also for relaxation. Mindful drinking can be a pleasurable alcohol experience if you do it right. It’s about being in the moment and savoring it. Pause and appreciate the flavors of your drink, the fancy glassware it’s in, sniff your drink, and think about how it smells and the ambiance of the bar or restaurant. Liquor has lovely and complex flavors, but you might miss out on this if you drink too quickly.
As experts say, love what you drink, and if you don’t love it, don’t drink it. Concentrate on how it felt, how it tasted, what memories or sensations it evoked.
Sip slowly and savor. It will last longer.
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