01 January 2008
Festivals and booze may go hand in hand but that doesn't mean you need to be on it from start to finish. Enjoy yourself by
drinking responsibly and if you don't know how to do that, read on:
The do’s and don’ts:
- Give yourself some time to acclimatise/wake up before launching into a day's
- Have a substantial meal, or drink some milk to line your stomach, before embarking on a binge.
- Take drink breaks, especially if you’re in the sun all day, to avoid overheating and dehydration.
have a pint of water between every drink.
- Avoid getting so drunk that you lose control, get lost or are taken
advantage of. You may feel invincible when drunk, but you're actually at your most vulnerable.
you feel like you’re too drunk, eat something and have a soft drink or coffee to sober up a little.
- If you’re
driving home, remember it takes one hour to for one unit of alcohol to leave your system (one unit = half a pint or a small
glass of wine). Make sure you leave loads of time for your body to recover and remember you can still be over the limit the
morning after a heavy session.
- Take your own booze if the festival allows it, then you can
have your drink of choice without London club prices.
- Decanter all drink into plastic bottles as most festivals
won’t allow glass.
- If you drive to a festival hide a spare case of booze in your car so if you run out in
the first few days you have back-up supplies.
- Keeping your beer in the shade will prevented the sun heating it
up and thieves stealing it.
- Prevention is better then a cure: drink a pint of water
- Drink plenty of water before bed and take a couple of paracetamol before sleeping.
good English fry-up is a winner. All that fat will turn into energy to see you through the day.
- Salty foods like
crisps can replace some of the salt you lose while drinking.
- Rehydrate by drinking loads of water and energy drinks
to perk you up.
- Caffeine is only a temporary cure as it will dehydrate you in the long-run.
C and orange juice are like medicine after a heavy session.
- Have a banana – a great source of energy and
(NOTE: These cures do not get rid of the alcohol in your body and you should not use them as an excuse to drive.
Make sure you are SOBER and FIT TO DRIVE when leaving any festival).