Top tips for surviving your Christmas party – The drinks edition | People Plus

Top tips for surviving your Christmas party – The drinks edition

It’s dark when you arrive at work and it’s dark when you leave work. The majority of our socialising during December typically involves meeting up with friends, colleagues or family, for a drink. Maybe this is at the local Christmas market or maybe even the local coffee shop to enjoy the special Christmas edition coffee. Our intake of calories from drinks can catch us off-guard as they can quickly add up, without us realising, especially at this time of year. So, in addition to being mindful of your drinks throughout the month of December, Kim Derbyshire, our Wellbeing Consultant, tells you how you can head into your work Christmas party with a plan too.

  1. Stay hydrated – Keep a bottle of water with you all day. Aim to drink 1 litre in the morning, refill your bottle and drink another litre in the afternoon.
  2. Avoid the punch bowl – It can be really difficult working out what alcoholic concoction exists in the punch bowl. This makes it harder to gauge how much you’ve had to drink.
  3. Swap your mixer for slimline tonic or soda water to reduce the amount of calories in your drinks. Cocktails with creamy liqueurs, coconut milk or cream might be tempting but will be much higher in calories.
  4. Always have a soft drink (ideally water) on hand. Or, perhaps alternate between an alcoholic drink and a soft drink.
  5. If you’re drinking wine, how about adding lemonade to make it a spritzer? Or if you’re drinking lager, make it a shandy?

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