By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
Happy New Year! After you say “Happy New Year,” what’s next? Well, you will either 1) Kiss your partner or 2) Sip on a glass of champagne. Ahh…the glorious glass of champagne for the annual New Year’s toast. How else would you ring in the New Year? The real question is how many glasses of champagne did you enjoy ahead of time?
The holiday season is filled with joy and merry gatherings that are usually combined with great company, delectable treats, and brim-filled cocktails. New Year’s Eve has a reputation of being quite the party, so it’s important to keep in mind what your taste buds – and body – may be in for.
Alcohol is very high in calories and, usually, has little to no nutritional value. Drinking in moderation is defined as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. One alcoholic beverage is defined as either a 12oz beer, or 5oz of wine, or 1.5oz of hard liquor.
During the holiday season, it is easy to be influenced by our environment and our friends and family. However, it is important to drink in moderation. 4 or more alcoholic drinks in one night is considered binge drinking, which can lead to harmful health effects.
When alcohol is used in moderation, however, you can still enjoy it. Some tips for New Years Eve – and beyond? Set a limit on how many drinks you will have and try to consume water in-between to slow down possible overconsumption. Be mindful and responsible when drinking. Cheers to 2012!