You don’t have to be a social outcast and completely avoid holiday parties. But, the more you attend the more likely you are to have a few drinks and a few less than ideal treats. A little here and there isnt so bad, but all of those little bits add up.
Here are 5 ways to deal with alcohol and holiday parties:
1.) Eat before you leave the house.
More than likely the holiday party you plan on attending will have a lot of junk food. I mean, it’s the holidays. Let’s live a little, right? As I said before, a little treat here and there, even a drink or two, is fine. But compound that over several parties in a few weeks time and it shouldn’t be surprising to you if you’re starting the year off a few pounds heavier. I know this isn’t sexy but if you eat a full meal (with plenty of good fats) before you leave the house you’ll be less tempted to gorge on cookies and candy.
2.) Stay away from the dessert table.
You have to understand there’s a difference between a mouth and a vacuum. Just because food is in front of you doesn’t mean you have to eat it. I realize that this is easier said than done, but one way to make a conscious effort to not overindulge is to keep yourself physically away from the dessert table. If you loom over it all night, you will eventually give in. It’s like water-boarding or any other form of torture – eventually everyone breaks. Do yourself a favor and step away from the baked goods.
3.) Keep it to 2 drinks at the most.
Trust me, 2 drinks is plenty. Alcohol isn’t inherently evil and you don’t need to beat yourself up over the empty calories and carbs. The problem here is that too many drinks leads to stupid decisions like chicken fingers, fries, and an entire large pizza. Everyone has that breaking point when the night takes a turn and your mindset switches over to F*ck It Mode. You figure I’ve already had 3 drinks what’s 1 more? Or, I’ve already had 8 cookies, what’s 8 more? The drinks weren’t the bad part, it was the 3000 calorie surplus of sugar and shit you just inhaled and don’t even remember.
If you’re going to toss a couple back, due yourself a favor and mitigate your chances of a hangover by choosing alcohol with the lowest amount of toxins. In terms of toxins the best to worst alcohol choices are as follows: Vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, other distilled spirits, champagne, dry white wine, white wines, red wines, dessert wines, beer.
4.) Increase the mileage of your adult beverage.
Here’s a trick I learned from Roger Sterling. Have your classy drink of choice on the rocks (it’s cold out, have a Scotch). Drink half of it slowly, wait for the ice to melt and then drink the rest. It’s like having two drinks in one. Don’t like the taste of hard alcohol? Welcome to adulthood, where you drink real drinks.
5.) Undercover teetotaler
If you’re someone who doesn’t drink, or making a conscious effort to not imbibe, here’s a trick to blend in without feeling left out. A glass of club soda (or seltzer) with a slice of lemon, lime or orange looks like the same as any vodka or gin mixed drink. Walk around with that in your hand and no one will be the wiser.