Alcohol&Me | Let’s get this party started!

Let’s get this party started!


Let’s get this party started!

This section will help you see how your choices influence how your night shapes up, and how the next day goes too.

Grab your coat and your EFTPOS card – we’re going partying!

It’ll take about 15 minutes to complete

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Staying safe and social comes down to the choices you make.

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What and how much you have to eat is one of those choices that can make or break your night.

Eating is cheating?

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Eating won't stop you from getting drunk, but a full belly will help slow down the absorption of alcohol in your body.

To stay safe and sociable you’re best to eat before and during the occasion, and for the best results the next day, start with a good meal when you wake. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

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Remember: Best to eat before and during the occasion, and drink plenty of water!

Which of these drinks do you think has the most calories?

  1. 35kCal
  2. 135kCal
  3. 170kCal
  4. 640kCal

Calories in alcohol – like beer, wine and spirits – mainly come from the pure alcohol content, as well as any carbohydrates and added sugars.
It’s also important to consider what drinks you mix with alcohol. For example there are few calories in the sparkling water in the spritzer but a lot in the coconut cream in the Pina Colada!

Alcohol — Get the facts

There are 7 calories (or 29 kilojoules) in every gram of pure alcohol. This means a standard drink (containing 10g of alcohol per serve) would contain a minimum of 70 calories (or ~290 kilojoules) per serve.

As we have just mentioned, the energy or calories in an alcoholic drink mainly come from the pure alcohol content, but can also come from any carbohydrates or added sugar. It’s also important to consider what drinks you mix with alcohol.

If you want to find out more about how many calories are in your favourite tipple, head here for more information.

But there are choices you can make that are lower in calories than others…

Instead of… Choose…
Premium beer
(1.3 standard drinks / 135kCal)
Light or mid strength beer
(0.5 – 1 standard drinks / 55-110kCal)
White wine
(1 standard drink / 80kCal)
Spritzer (50/50 wine and sparkling water)
(0.5 standard drinks / 40kCal)
Double spirits with cola
(1 standard drink + mixer/ 70kCal + 100kCal)
Single spirits with diet cola
(0.5 standard drinks + mixer / 35kCal + 1kCal)

These smarter choices all contain less alcohol, so they have less calories, plus they’re great for helping you pace yourself.

Obviously drinking less, by spacing your drinks with water for example, will reduce your calorie intake even further. Plus it’ll help keep you hydrated!

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Planning is the key to get the best out of your night.

If you do get a bit off track, what can you do to get back in control?

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Take a break

You know by now that your body can only process one drink an hour. So if you’re feeling worse for wear, ease up and let your body catch up.

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Switch drinks

MAYBE: It all depends on what you switch to. Alcohol is alcohol - It doesn’t matter if it is beer, wine or spirits, the effects of alcohol are the same. However lower strength drinks will definitely help to let your liver play catch up. The smartest choice however is to switch to something non-alcoholic!

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Eat something

Eating won’t stop you getting drunk, but a full belly will slow the absorption of alcohol into your body.

If you do get a bit off track, what can you do to get back in control?

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Drink water

This will help providing it’s instead of an alcoholic drink, not as well as! Anything non-alc will do, but water has the added benefit of rehydrating you too.

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Hit the D-floor

Sure! But only if it means you take a break from the drinks while you bust a move.

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Drink more slowly

Absolutely. Slowing right down will give your body time to catch up. Remember though, every drink that goes in needs to be processed, no matter how slow you go.

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And, what’s the maximum amount of alcohol allowed in his blood?

  1. 16mg/100mls
  2. 24mg/100mls
  3. 50mg/100mls
  4. 80mg/100mls

To be under the legal limit to drive, your blood alcohol concentration (how much alcohol is circulating in your bloodstream waiting to be processed) needs to be 0.05 or less.

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It’s best not to drive at all.

  • Sort out a sober driver before you go out, and make them the hero of your night.
  • Budget for a taxi or dial-a-driver.
  • Grab a train or bus with a friend.
  • Stay over if it’s a house party.
  • And never ever walk home alone.

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Dumb decisions can ruin your night. A plan for before, during and after can ensure your night is one to remember for all the right reasons!

And of course: Size, Pace and Space!


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