The Labour Day long weekend marks the end of the summer season and like many Ontarians, you may be planning a party or a trip to the cottage with family and friends. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has developed ten tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe this weekend.
CAMH's 10 tips to help reduce your alcohol-related risk
- As host, don't drink too much yourself! You can stay on top of potential problems better when you are able to think clearly and act quickly.
- Plan ahead.
- Stop serving alcohol mid-way through the evening. Bring out more alcohol-free drinks and food.
- Find out how guests will be going home. Be prepared to take away car keys. Know your designated drivers. Have cash and phone numbers ready for taxis.
- Plan to deal with guests who drink too much. Ask someone to be prepared to help you if a situation arises.
- Serve drinks yourself instead of having an open bar. Guests usually drink more when they serve themselves. Avoid doubles.
- Be prepared for overnight guests. Have extra blankets and sleeping bags ready.
- Serve snacks! It is better to eat while drinking than to drink on an empty stomach. Try veggies, cheeses, and light dips—they're great and don't make your guests thirsty, as salty, sweet, or greasy foods do.
- Have low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks available, too.
- Don't plan physical activities, like swimming or water-skiing, when you serve alcohol. People are more prone to mishaps when they've been drinking.
Here are some additional resources, to help you reduce your risks:
· The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse has released the first national Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
to help Canadians make informed choices about alcohol consumption. Keep them in mind if you choose to drink alcohol this weekend.
· If you think you may have a problem with alcohol use, CAMH has developed a valuable online resource to help you evaluate your drinking. Take the test
to learn more about your drinking behaviours.
* These tips were developed in collaboration with the LCBO.