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When it comes to social boozing, sometimes grabbing “a” drink with a pal can turn into a head-
throbbing hangover the next day, leaving you wondering “what happened?!”. Learn how to
replace “I’ll have another” with “water, please.”
T E X T BY AN JA M ALTAV
B ar tabs around the world are getting bigger and bigger as
barmen and women continue to outdo themselves with
tasty, creative cocktails that patrons can’t help but order.
They are elaborate, refreshing and oh-so-cool. Most of them have
catchy names that just make you want to blurt them out…over
and over again. But what’s not so appealing is the slurred speech,
disheveled outfit, frumpy posture and the drunk-face selfies that
result when you’ve downed one too many.
Next time you venture off into a bar near you, try to avoid the
inevitable by sticking to water, or fizz, or any liquid that will keep
you sober. Just try it for a month. You’ll notice a few things you
might not have expected like sounder sleep, brighter skin, fresher
breath and a more focused outlook.
I know, I know. It’s not “cool” to pass on the sauce when everyone
else is drinking. But there are those amongst us who never sip alone
or otherwise — whether for religious reasons, past vices or as a
personal choice. Some people really don’t like the taste of alcohol
or to feel drunk, or buzzed or impaired in any way. You may not be
one of those people, but give it a try and see if the grass is greener
on the other side. You never know — you may just pick up a good
habit to replace your incessant social chugging.
114 ALTS TO ALCOHOL
Mocktails: They taste just like the real thing, sans the
hangover. It will probably save you a few extra calories
and help keep your credit card balance in check.
No-Buzz Beer: From Japanese favorite Kirin FREE to
Sharp’s to Busch NA, non-alcoholic brews with just trace
amounts of ABV can be found at just about any bar,
restaurant or houseparty around the world.
Get Hydrated: Some sparkling water or soda with a
lime garnish goes a long way at any gathering to trick
your brain — and your boozy buddies — that it’s party
time even if your BAC is on the floor.