Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, the holidays are a heavy drinking time for many people. As the new year begins and people start thinking about ways to improve themselves, you’ll probably hear some of them say they need a break from alcohol. However, thanks to Dry January, it’s more than just a stoic self-improvement exercise. It’s a social movement.

Dry January: What is This Trendy Alcohol-Free Movement?

What is Dry January?

Dry January was started in 2013 by Alcohol Change UK, a British charity that helps people with problems stemming from alcohol. Originally a program that people would join using their email address, it had 4,000 participants in its first year, according to the organization. It quickly moved up from being an exclusive email club to become a global movement — though only 100,000 joined the official program in 2018, millions actually participated.

The purpose of Dry January isn’t to encourage abstinence as an ideal. In fact, many people who participate don’t go off alcohol completely, instead using the month to practice moderation and to rethink their relationship with drinking.

For social drinkers who might have had more than was good for them over the holidays, Dry January is a hashtag-worthy way to detox and reset their experience with alcohol.

And there’s a lot more going on than a mysterious social fad. There are several noticeable, tangible benefits of participating in Dry January, even if you don’t plan on abandoning alcohol completely. The following are some of the benefits of Dry January.

Save Money

If you regularly spend $10 per drink every time you spend a late evening out, you know how quickly alcohol costs add up. If you have financial-related goals for the new year, why not get a head start on those by saving money on alcohol for the first month?

If you’re worried that it might get awkward drinking water while your friends enjoy their drinks, use your lower tab as motivation. As a bonus, telling someone you’re doing Dry January is a lot easier than just saying you’re trying to abstain and it’s usually a quick way to end the conversation if anyone tries to grill you about why you won’t drink with them.

You Could Lose Weight

If there’s one New Year’s resolution more common than saving money, it’s losing weight. Depending on how much you normally drink, you could stand to lose as much as a couple pounds per week during Dry January. Alcohol has enormous levels of liquid calories, which don’t fill you up as quickly as food calories do, while still having a fattening result. Giving up alcohol for a few weeks might be just what you need to shed some stubborn pounds.

Help Improve Your Dental Health

With one in every five Americans having at least one untreated cavity, dental trouble isn’t something you want to take a chance on. But did you know that alcohol consumption can have a significant impact on your oral health?

As long as you drink in moderation and take good care of your teeth, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But if you drink excessively, no amount of tooth-brushing is going to save you. And if you’re like many people who don’t bother to brush their teeth before bed after a late night on the town, you’re in for even more trouble.

Alcohol is high in sugar content, which is never good for your teeth or gums. In fact, the impact alcohol can have is so significant that dentists can often see early signs of a problematic alcohol addiction long before anyone else does.

Dry January can help with this by giving you a chance to regain control over your alcohol consumption. Drinking in moderation shouldn’t hurt you, but it’s easy to start drinking too much without realizing it. Taking some time away from alcohol can help you maintain healthier drinking habits all year.

Now that you know about the benefits of Dry January, why not give it a try? From avoiding potential dental problems to “resetting” your system for alcohol, it’s more than a social media craze. It’s a great way to kick off the new year.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Celebrate All Things Kombucha on National Booch Day

Kombucha fans, your day has come.  On January 15th, get ready to celebrate all things Kombucha with the first-ever National Booch Day. Thanks to Bill Moses, the founder of KeVita, and now Flying Embers Hard Kombucha, we finally get to honor the lightly effervescent fermented beverage that boasts a bold, invigorating taste.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

To celebrate National Booch Day, Flying Embers welcomes a new national campaign, Dry Fermented January. For those not familiar, Kombucha offers amazing health benefits; it settles your stomach and serves as an all-around good-for-you drink. Like traditional kombucha, each bottle of Flying Embers is packed with live probiotics; live cultures that are considered “good” bacteria that offer lots of health-promoting benefits; supplementing your body’s natural microbiome and gut health. What makes Flying Embers Hard Kombucha different is theirs is brewed with botanical adaptogens and champagne yeast. This delicious, sparkling probiotic tea, is handcrafted with an adaptogen root blend of Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Ginger, and Astragalus. The result is a truly better-for-you buzz from a beverage that has zero sugar, zero carbs, low-calorie, is USDA certified organic, vegan and gluten-free.

Celebrate National Booch Day with Flying Embers

Flying Embers has a lot of fun flavors you can choose from. Ancient Berry is a popular choice, featuring a bright and fruity mix of elderberries, goji berries, raspberries. Ginger and Oak offer a clean, refreshing, yet earthy flavor. Lemon Orchard features a delicate mix of lavender, mint, and ginger. Grapefruit Thyme combines the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, punctuated with the subtle flavors of thyme. Black Cherry’s fresh dark cherry mix is complemented with a bright lime spritz. And Pineapple Chili offers a delicate sweet and spicy mix.

Flying Embers Hard Kombucha

Along with the campaign, they will have a national wholesaler distribution drive, events & samplings, and consumer giveaways. Larger National Booch Day events will be held in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New York City, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, and Boston.

“All ingredients are USDA certified organic, including our unique adaptogen root blend of ginger, astragalus, turmeric, and ashwagandha – all with a healthy amount of live probiotics,” adds  VP of Marketing, Kyle Ingram.

For more information on National Booch Day and Dry Fermented January, visit the Flying Embers website.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

Score Sailor Jerry Tattoos For $20.00 For Norman Collins 109th Birthday

Calling all tattoo addicts and anyone else who’s wanted a tattoo and didn’t have the budget for it. If you live in and around NYC, this is for you! In honor of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum’s Founder, Norman Collins, 109th birthday, they are giving away 109 Sailor Jerry designed tattoos for only $20.00 each. That’s right, full-on, exquisitely done Sailor Jerry Tattoos for only $20.00!! Who gives away professional tattoos for only $20.00? That’s unheard of. Keep reading for how to score just that.

Sailor Jerry Tattoos for $20

On Tuesday, January 14th, from 12 pm – 10 pm, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Daredevil Tattoo, will get you tatted. You can choose from one of the 18 available Sailor Jerry Tattoos shown below:

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Tattoos

We are proud members of the Sailor Jerry Rum tattoo club, having been first inked last year, at the Norman Collins 108th birthday celebration.  We are looking forward to adding to our Sailor Jerry Tattoos collection. Which of the above do you think we should get? Should we get the Eightball, Star, or Cherries? Which do you think would best compliment our previous Sailor Jerry tattoos? Better yet, which of these tats would you get?

Snake Tattoo

After you get tatted, head over to the Daredevil Tattoo’s museum to learn about the history of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. Learn all about how he built his reputation inking soldiers and sailors in WWII-era Honolulu. Continue the celebration 3 doors down at ForgtMeNot, who will be offering delicious $10.00 Sailor Jerry and Ginger cocktails.

Norman Collins 109 Birthday Event Cocktail

For those who don’t know, Norman Collins, the godfather of old-school American tattooing. He pioneered innovations in tattooing such as inventing the color purple for ink, promoted the use of clean and sterile needles and inspired future generations of tattoo artists. At 19, Norman Collins joined the U.S. Navy which exposed him to the art and culture of Southeast Asia; after his service, he made Honolulu his home where he built his reputation as the father of old school American tattoo and established his now-famous tattoo parlor on Hotel Street.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

Crown Royal Releases Limited Edition Bespoke Sipping Blazer

When you think of whiskey, you likely picture someone sitting by a cozy fire, sipping a glass filled with the dark liquor and perusing their favorite novel. Whiskey has always held an old-world charm and now it has become even more elevated with a limited-edition product from one of the most renowned whiskey brands in the world.

Crown Royal, the blended Canadian whiskey brand, has recently released the Crown Royal Blazer. It is a made-to-measure sipping blazer and draws inspiration from Crown Royal XR Extra Rare, the rarest of the brand’s rare whiskey series. This rare whiskey is expected to run out of stock very soon, much like the blazer itself.

 Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The exclusive blazer is meant to be a celebrated collector’s item for the modern, luxury-loving individual. Not only does the blazer’s luxuriousness come from its exclusivity, but from its high-quality design as well. Renowned celebrity designer ALBA partnered with Crown Royal to make the blazer and the designer’s style of luxury tailoring certainly carries through. The blazer is a rich navy in color and features a gold embroidered Crown Royal XR crown on the breast pocket. The jacket’s interior is a gold silk lining with a pattern of Crown Royal XR crowns and patches.

Crown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazerCrown Royal XR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

The gold accents continue in the interior of the top welt pocket, which is designed as a gold silk pull out pocket square. Flap bottom pockets on the jacket also feature gold silk interiors. Buttons on the waterfall cuff are gold-plated as well and engraved with more Crown Royal XR crowns. The blazer’s lapel features a contrasting plush velvet on the collar and trim.

CRXR Bespoke “sipping” blazer

All of this luxury comes for a price. A single blazer costs $1,924 on the whiskey brand’s website. While the price may be a bit steep for the average consumer, this blazer is truly like no other. Whether you’re climbing into a car service’s three-passenger Sedan on your next business trip or you’re attending an exclusive soiree with your family and friends, the Crown Royal blazer is sure to complete your classy look. If you want to welcome this high-quality blazer into your wardrobe, be sure to snap up one of the blazers sooner rather than later.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

2019 Holiday Gift Guide – 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

As promised, we present several more wonderful alcohol brands to gift this holiday season, one for each day of Christmas. We really have something for the drink aficionado on your holiday list: whiskey, rum, bourbon, vodka, and gin; a truly international collection of some of the finest spirits we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. They are wonderful 12 spirits to gift this holiday season.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Because of the holiday season, whiskeys make up the majority of this alcohol holiday gift guide. But as we stated, we do have something for the arbiter of taste in your life. Whether they be your bestie, partner, or family, we think they’ll love the offerings from these amazing brands. Keep reading this 2019 holiday gift guide to get to know each of the 12 spirits to gift this holiday season from the following alcohol brands: Booker’s, Canadian Club, Bakers, Knob Creek, The Balvenie, Highclere Castle, Bacardi, Four Roses, Little Book, Basil Hayden’s, Laphroaig, and Black Momma.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Booker’s Batch 2019- 04 “Beaten Biscuits” ($79.99) is the newest and final release of 2019. This deep chestnut-colored bourbon is named after the small, cracker-like biscuits 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe loved to make. It bears hints of the oak barrel through the sweetness, much like the scent of caramel icing for a cake. The finish is medium and very flavorful.

Canadian Club 42-yr Old Whisky ($299.95) – The second release within the premium expression series, CC Chronicles/MC. Batched and barrelled more than four decades ago, this limited-edition expression is masterfully blended. It showcases its robust rye spice, delicate notes of brown sugar and baking spices that creates its exceptionally rich, smooth taste.

Bakers Bourbon ($59.99)  – Re-emerged as a single barrel product in October 2019 with a new bottle design to celebrate the individual characteristics inside each and every Baker’s Bourbon barrel, while delivering the smooth, medium-bodied bourbon fans enjoy.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak ($49.99) is the newest limited-time bourbon to join Knob Creek’s award-winning portfolio. The expression has been aged in quarter cask barrels; this adds a layer of richer notes of oak, balanced with Knob Creek’s traditional sweet flavor. Quarter Oak is here just in time to add to your collection or gift to friends and family this season.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0197 ($38,000) – The second in a coveted series of unique expressions of exceptional quality that continue the distillery’s rich history of aged variants. Showcasing Malt Master David Stewart’s unique skill and knowledge, the bottling is comprised of highly rare liquids aged 50 years or over. This bottling has been selected from American Oak casks in the oldest sections of TheBalvenie’s stocks. This single malt Scotch whisky is rich and deep with an abundance of oak tannins, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and intense spice. The taste encompasses big and bold character; indulge in its malty sweetness and a spicy outburst, hints of honey and dark chocolate balance the oak tannins while the finish is a rich and spicy mouth coating with a luscious oak sweetness.

Highclere Castle Gin ($48.99) – The latest offering from the 800-year-old Highclere Castle estate that will forever be the iconic Grantham home on Downton Abbey. The gin is made with botanicals inspired by the castle’s herb gardens; these gardens were originally planted in the ninth century by the Bishops of Winchester. The grounds boast an ancient underground water source which enhances the crisp yet smooth gin. It also integrates Highclere’s acclaimed estate-grown oats into the blend to add a unique smoothness and a long, memorable finish.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

BACARDÍ Coquito ($17.99) – Nothing says bring on the holiday season like the famous Puerto Rican holiday drink, Coquito! Thanks to Bacardi, there are no more waits for someone’s tío or Abuela to “hook you up” with a bottle. The new ready-to-drink coquito is made with the signature BACARDÍ Superior white rum, toasted spices, coconut cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Now you can fully indulge in the heritage-filled libation in two easy steps – open bottle and pour over ice.

Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch ($140.00) – The first Four Roses limited-quantity bottle to feature a 21-year-old Bourbon from the distillery’s OBSV recipe. Non-chill filtered and bottled at a 112.6 proof, the 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch offers elegant aromas of oak, honey, red raspberries, and vanilla. The Bourbon is complemented by flavors of bright, sweet fruits, cinnamon, baking spices, and mellow barrel flavors leading to a
rich, soft and lasting finish. This limited edition release will also feature a 15-year-old OESK, 15-year-old OESV and 11-year-old OESV.

Little Book Chapter 3: “The Road Home” ($99.99) – A one-of-a-kind blend and features specialty aged liquid streams, representing each of the original Small Batch Bourbon Collection brands in honor of Freddie’s grandad, Booker Noe.

Basil Hayden’s X Wildsam’s “Points of Interest” Bourbon ($39.99) – For the travel addict or collector on your list, this limited edition bottle from Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and must-have travel guide company, Wildsam Field Guides is a must. The two brands have teamed up to create a limited-edition gift featuring the best of Brooklyn. The new release, “Points of Interest,” features a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon wrapped in a Wildsam Field Guide. The guide includes exclusive facts, hidden spots, and drink recipes that only pertain to your city. This bespoke conversation guide is the perfect conversation starter and perfect for discovering something new right in your background.

Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky ($89.99) – An exceptional expression that has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Over time, the whisky’s smoky flavor softens on the senses; it is beautifully married with sweet vanilla notes, enhanced by aging in American Oak barrels. The result is a long-lasting, smoky, sweet and rich flavor. We find it’s best to enjoy this 16-yr old neat or with a drop of water.

Black Momma Chai Tea Vodka ($4.75 Mini 50ml bottle) – Tea lovers will swoon over this gluten-free and kosher vodka infused with natural tea leaves and chai spices. Handcrafted in small batches, this 5X distilled and 5X filtered, tea-flavored vodka will warm you up from your toes up.

What do you think of these 12 spirits to gift this holiday season?

Black Momma Tea & Cafe

Black Momma Vodka Founder To Open Black Momma Tea & Cafe

There are few moments more inspiring to witness than that of a successful black businesswoman expanding her brand and pursuing her passions. Vanessa Braxton, founder, and owner of Black Momma Vodka is doing just that with the opening of a 4,600 square-foot Black Momma Tea & Cafe, bar, and office in Wheatley Heights, NY.

Black Momma Tea & Cafe

Braxton first launched her Black Momma vodka brand in 2013. Three years later, in 2016, she opened a manufacturing facility in Wyandanch. That same year saw her begin the production of teas and flavored agaves. Business continued to boom over the following years and she now boasts a grand total of 33,000 online and wholesale customers and has made $2.9 million in sales. The brick-and-mortar space in Wheatley Heights will serve as her company’s headquarters and training facility. With plans to open distribution centers in several states and almost 300 interested franchisees, Braxton needs all the space she can get.

Black Momma Vodka

Although Braxton considered many different locations for this central facility, officially named Black Momma Tea & Cafe, she chose Wheatley Heights because of its residents. According to census data, the population of this Long Island town is approximately 5,100 people, with over 60% of residents identifying as black and Latino.

“I have plenty of places I could go. But I wanted to take the opportunity for people who look like me to see what I’m doing for the community so that they can step up and do the same thing,” said Braxton.

A retired structural engineer, Braxton is certainly an inspiration for her community. Not only does she have more than 20 years of experience in construction and engineering, but she was the first African-American woman to build a Burger King in New York 22 years ago.

Black Momma Tea & Cafe

Her goal for Black Momma Tea & Cafe is to become the Starbucks of tea. Braxton wants her cafe to be the premier purveyor of tea, just as Starbucks is for coffee. As she is planning for each of her future cafes to have a liquor license, she hopes that they’ll also be able to serve something a little stronger than tea. Braxton’s vision includes her cafe serving craft beers from local businesses as well as her branded liquors.

Of course, no cafe would be complete with an offering of tasty treats. Black Momma Tea & Cafe will have plenty of snacking options for customers-on-the-go, such as muffins and wraps. In an effort to diversify the diets of families, Braxton’s cafe will focus on vegan and organic products. This focus will be of great value to adults as well as children, who shouldn’t have more than 25 grams of sugar per day. The cafe’s healthy food options can help keep their sugar intake down.

While many of the products featured in Black Momma Tea & Cafe will be branded products, plenty of the food and drink items will come from other local businesses.

“I’m using a lot of small, minority, women and veteran-owned vendors, who never had the chance with larger places. It’s economic inclusion for everyone,” Braxton said.

To further help the community, the cafe in Wheatley Heights will have meeting rooms available to all. Braxton plans to offer free classes in these rooms by using partnerships with companies such as Microsoft.

Braxton certainly has the necessary financial backing for her enterprise, with over $2 million raised from nearly 3,000 investors on Wefunder, a San Francisco-based equity crowdfunding site. She is still waiting on the town’s approval to move forward with her plans. Once she has their permission, she plans to open her cafe early next year.

Holiday Spirits

Holiday Gift Guide: Cheers to the Gift of Holiday Spirits

Tis the season of holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Why not give the gift of decadent holiday spirits. Whether you are gifting the host of a party, your favorite drinking buddy or your boss, none of these wonderful holiday spirits will ever be exchanged. What better way to celebrate the festive spirit of the holiday season, than with a gift of holiday spirits.

Holiday Spirits

Know someone who loves tequila, gin, whiskey, cognac or bubbly? Then these offerings from Chandon, Crown Royal, Empress 1908 Gin, Espolon Tequila, Freeland Spirits, Hendricks Gin, Palmes D’or, Remy Martin, and Tequila Partida will make the perfect gift.

Chandon, Standard Bottle $19. 00, Magnum $43.00 – The first of our giftable holiday spirits is perfect to celebrate the season. Chandon launched a limited-edition bottle (available in both standard and magnum sizes) of their signature Brut varietal. The Chandon Limited-Edition “Harvested Under The Stars” Collection celebrates the cool California night that protects the quality of Chandon’s grapes. This bubbly is a great way to give the gift of some California magic.

Crown Royal, $289.99 – Talk about special. Sadly, the Crown Royal XR is going away, so the holiday season is the time to snap up this exclusive gem before it disappears forever. This is the rarest in Crown Royal’s extra rare whiskey series. It’s handcrafted with a unique blend that includes one of the final batches of whiskeys from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Once it is gone, it’s gone for good.

Empress 1908 Gin, $38.99, – The fashionable drinker on your list will love this as a gift. Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year; what better holiday gift than the small-batch, copper-pot distilled blue gin, which boasts exotic butterfly pea blossom as it’s 8th ingredient.

Espolon Tequila, $99.00 – Not only is this Añejo X is secretly laid to rest for six long years, it’s housed in one sexy bottle that any tequila connoisseur will proudly display on their home bar. The extra aging creates a tequila of rich, complex flavors and uncommon character. Beautifully rich and subtly smoky. Its taste is prominent with vanilla, notes of nutmeg and white peppercorn and hints of cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate, rich roasted fruits. Its rich mouthfeel lingers traces of dark chocolate, cherry, tobacco, and honey.

Freeland Spirits, $40.00 – $50.00 – You’ll love these three delicious holiday spirits come housed in beautiful tear-shaped bottles that look impressive with a simple bow or ribbon. Freeland Spirits small batch Gin, Bourbon, and Geneva are handcrafted by master distiller Molly Troupe, each with the flavor of the Northwest. Also, we really love the fact that they are a woman-owned and run distillery.

Hendricks Gin, $34.99 – For your more curious and adventurous guests, consider Hendrick’s Gin, which boasts a distinctive blend of botanicals: a signature infusion of cucumber and rose petals, producing a divinely smooth gin that has character and balance of subtle flavors.

Palmes D’or, $136.00 – Let them celebrate the holiday in style! Available in Brut and Rosé, the 2006 vintage of Palmes D’or offers the finest crus in champagne and is aged for at least six years to further enhance its delicate flavor. The bottle has hundreds of distinct dimples, mirroring a disco ball – a perfect choice to pour (or gift!) this season.

Remy Martin, $200.00 – Give the gift of the Rémy Martin XO limited-edition bottle designed by celebrated French Atelier, Steaven Richard, a globally celebrated French metalsmith and artist. A perfect gift for the more artistic person on your list.  To achieve this beautiful bottle, Steaven Richard immersed himself in the story behind Rémy Martin; he found inspiration from the vineyards in Cognac to create this refined design.

Tequila Partida, $40.00, $45.00, and $50.00 – last but certainly not least; we end our holiday spirits highlight with Tequila Partida; this authentic, ultra-premium Tequila made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila Valley. The Partida Blanco ($40.00) boasts an unaged, pure agave flavor; the Partida Reposado, ($45.00) is aged 6 months and dubbed “the Bentley of Reposados”; and the Partida Anejo ($50.00) is aged 18 months and ideal for that single malt lover.

This concludes our holiday spirits gift guide. Because there are so many wonderful spirits to enjoy, there’ll be much more to come. We’d love to know which of these spirits are favorites of yours.

American Craft Spirits Association

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Consuming a little too much alcohol during a special holiday event can be as popular as a June wedding, which makes up 15% of all weddings. Indulgence is perfectly okay from time to time, but it’s best to do it in a way that keeps both you and others safe at the same time. The holidays are meant to be a fun time with family and friends. However, it can turn deadly when we make bad decisions because we let too much alcohol impair our judgment. Because we will be sharing some of our favorite cocktails and alcohol brands this holiday season, we wanted to make sure you, our dear readers, are safe this holiday season. Here are four tips for you on how to stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

American Craft Spirits Association

The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) and Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced a partnership to promote the responsible service and sale of alcohol within the spirits industry. We’re not saying you can’t drink and enjoy yourself, just that you drink responsibly this holiday season.

Have Plenty To Eat

Having something to eat can help you metabolize the alcohol and help minimize unpleasant effects such as a hangover or causing you to embarrass yourself. Before going to a holiday event where alcohol will be served, eat a small meal containing carbs or greasy foods. It will keep your stomach full and help you absorb the alcohol. You can also indulge in a few appetizers along with your drink to help you pace yourself throughout the night. Take supplements such as Vitamin B complex to restore nutrients that alcohol may destroy while it is being metabolized.

Set Intake Limits

Set limits ahead of time on the number of alcoholic drinks that you will let yourself consume. The goal is to have fun while still making sure to drink responsibly this holiday. Give yourself plenty of time in between drinks to give your body the ability to process the alcohol. Try to have only one drink per hour and alternate beverages by drinking water or juice in between. Spend time with people who have only a few drinks or who don’t drink at all. It’s recommended that you should have no more than three drinks in one day if you are a woman and no more than four if you are a man.

To help you pace yourself, stay away from engaging in rounds of drinks or any drinking games if possible. Stick to drinking only one type of alcohol throughout the night and take small sips. Try drinking beer instead of hard liquor whenever you can because it will help you pace your alcohol consumption and help reduce nasty side effects the next day. If you are taking any kind of medication, under 21 years old, or pregnant, you should stick to non-alcoholic drinks. Focus on enjoying the quality of the drink and not how many you can fit in your hand.

Get Home Safely

Sensible Ways To Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly This Holiday Season

Speeding, distracted driving, and drunk driving make up the three most common reasons for traffic accidents in the United States. Not only could you potentially kill someone or yourself, but you could also lose your car, end up in jail, and face expensive traffic and court costs. Make a plan to get home safely before you attend any holiday party event. Even if you have only one alcoholic drink, you should keep away from getting behind the wheel. The effects of alcohol can stay for several hours after you finish your last drink of the night. Drunk driving causes at least 10,000 deaths every year.

Create a list of cab and taxi companies in your phone. There are also plenty of ride-sharing apps like Lyft or Uber you can download as well that may offer discounts during the holidays. If you can’t afford a ride home, at least have a designated driver in mind that can get you home safely. To make sure you don’t drive home, hand over your car keys to someone you can trust before you start drinking. If you are hosting a party, you may want to consider having a plan to get your guests home or making room for them to spend the night in order to keep them safe.

Get Physically Active

Photo of people dancing

While we all enjoy eating and drinking to our heart’s content during the holidays, find some fun physical activities to participate in as well. Activities such as dancing can help you burn off the alcohol faster at a holiday party if you don’t continue consuming it. Alcohol also contains quite a bit of sugar which can make you gain weight if you don’t find a way to burn it off. Your liver will thank you for it. Spending just 10 minutes a day being physically active can also help us live longer and have better mobility.

Be careful when exercising after consuming alcohol. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on you. It may not be a good idea to exercise the day after drinking as it can lead to muscle cramps. Whenever you decide to drink, make sure to drink plenty of water afterward to help your liver get rid of your alcohol intake. It will also help you sweat so you don’t feel bad while exercising. Engaging in physical activity will also help minimize other effects alcohol has on your health such as lack of energy, altered heart rate, poor muscle growth, and slower recovery times after an injury.

The holiday season can be dangerous with more people who are out late at night already tired from all the festivities and driving in dangerous winter weather conditions. Adding alcohol to this mix definitely doesn’t help and can make it even worse. It’s up to you to make the right decisions and have a safety plan in place before you go to any event that alcohol will be served. Keep these four tips in mind for the next holiday event you plan on attending. Eat, drink, and be merry but stay safe and drink responsibly this holiday season.

“As craft spirits ambassadors, we want to ensure consumers enjoy our members’ products responsibly,” said Margie A.S. Lehrman, Chief Executive Officer, ACSA. “Partnering with TIPS provides our members with an opportunity to build a responsible culture by offering the best training in the industry at an accessible cost.”