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Do you exaggerate at the holidays? See tips to avoid problems

Do you exaggerate at the holidays? See tips to avoid problems

End of the year coming and with it family reunions, company party, happy hour with friends, etc ... A character common in all these events and alcohol is not usually lacking, is it? Even why the consumption of alcohol that can be made in celebrations and holidays is part of our culture. Only in this period of the year is it more socially accepted and sometimes it is done more frequently and with greater intensity.

In small amounts (one or two doses), alcohol promotes a disinhibition and relaxation, but with the increase of this quantity the person starts to present decreased response to stimuli, slurred speech, lack of motor coordination, behavior change, among others. Therefore, it is necessary to warn about consumption that exceeds the limit of moderation, which would be up to two doses * per day, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

When men ingest five or more doses, or women four or more doses over a period of up to two hours means a dangerous drinking pattern called BPE or binge drinking , which can lead to problems and risks.

Do your math. How much have you been consuming alcohol? Are you within this BPE pattern? If your answer is yes, red light.

Symptoms such as headache, nausea, dry mouth and dizziness may appear between 6 and 8 hours after consumption and indicate the result of acute alcohol intoxication. In addition to hangovers, excessive alcohol use can lead to alcoholic amnesia, which is the inability to remember fragments or events occurring while you are drinking.

If you decide to consume alcohol, avoid drinking on an empty stomach. With a full stomach, the absorption of alcohol occurs more slowly. Foods, especially those rich in carbohydrates, slow down absorption. In addition, alcohol is mixed with water or other non-alcoholic beverages.

A relevant alert is that in some situations "social drinking" is not good and alcohol consumption is unacceptable . It is the case of alcohol consumption by children and adolescents, pregnant women and the dangerous mixture of drinking and driving.

Celebrate the achievements of another year, but do not exaggerate in alcohol.

I take this opportunity to leave my wishes for happy holidays and that the next few years will be full of healthy habits!

* A standard dose of alcohol is equivalent to 330 ml of beer / chopp, or 100 ml of wine or 30 ml of distillate.


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