Tips For A Safe And Fun Holiday Season When Consuming Alcohol
Written by Seth Smith on December 3, 2019
Johannesburg. December 2019. SAB is encouraging all consumers to drink responsibly at all times and not to drink and drive during this festive season.
“SAB actively works on fostering a culture of responsible alcohol consumption in South Africa. We believe that smart drinking choices affect everyone, every day and is key to reducing the harmful effects of the misuse of alcohol,” says Zoleka Lisa, VP for Corporate Affairs at SAB.
South Africa’s legal drinking limit, which is a breath alcohol content, is 0.24mg per 1 000ml or a blood alcohol count limit of 0.05g per 100ml.
Here are some useful tips to help you enjoy this festive season in the safest way possible:
HOW TO CALCULATE UNITS OF ALCOHOL
In South Africa, the legal driving limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml.
What does this mean to consumers? How is one unit of alcohol calculated?
The formula is: multiply the volume of the drink (in millimetres/mm) by its percentage alcohol by volume (ABV) and divide by 1000, to determine the number of units of alcohol in the drink.
350ml x 5% ABV divided by 1000 = 1.75 units of alcohol
So to reiterate the Castle Lager example above, at 1.75 units of alcohol, consumers should drink one 350ml bottle every two hours to remain within the legal driving limit.
1. Don’t drink and drive – rather have an alternative plan
Either have a designated driver for the day/night – the person in your group who does not plan to consume alcohol.
Alternatively, make use of a transport service, travel in a group and save costs.
2. Take enough cash
Take enough cash along on your night out for your planned drinks and eats but make sure you have a little extra for a taxi ride home.
3. Ensure you have a charged cell phone
Make sure your phone is fully or close to fully charged when going out so that it is easy for you to make use of a taxi service or call someone you trust in case you need a ride home. To be safe, rather download the apps for a taxi service before the time.
4. Pace yourself – alternate beers with non-alcoholic drinks
Pacing refers to alternating between alcohol and non-alcohol drinks. This allows you to have a lower intake of alcohol over longer periods, which allows the body to break down alcohol at a steady rate, so there is less accumulation of alcohol.
By drinking non-alcoholic drinks, such as water and cold drinks, you will not only reduce the effects of alcohol, but you will be able to enjoy socialising longer.
You can also try some non-alcoholic beers such as Castle Free or Becks Blue to practise pacing.
5. Be sure to enjoy a meal or snack with your beer
To moderate your blood alcohol level, have a meal with your alcoholic drinks or eat foods high in protein like meat and cheese before drinking.
6. Be a great host
Why not cater to all your guests including those that are not planning on consuming alcohol by having a variety of drinks including non-alcoholic beverages at your party.
7. Look out for your friends
Be careful not to leave your drink unattended at a bar/restaurant or venue or accept a drink from someone you do not know.
Encourage your colleagues and friends to make the same responsible decisions and enjoy your time out during this holiday season.
Alcohol Is Not For Sale to Persons Under the Age of 18. Enjoy Responsibly.