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Employers also have responsibilities to ensure the safety of all employees at work related functions by taking steps to prevent inappropriate conduct, including having a code of conduct and drug and alcohol policy in place prior to Christmas functions, and reminding employees of those policies before the function.
Did you know that...
- Carbonated alcoholic drinks cause your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to rise faster than other alcoholic drinks.
- After drinking, the only way to reduce your BAC is the passing of time. Your body eliminates alcohol at approximately one standard drink per hour.
- Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) can be higher if you are not feeling well, you are tired, stressed or unfit.
- Alcohol is a depressant drug - not a stimulant as many people think. Alcohol slows down activity in the central nervous system, which means it slows down the messages going between the brain and the body.
- Unlike food, alcohol does not require digestion and can be quickly metabolised through the body.
- Many people assume that because alcohol is a liquid rather than a food, it isn't fattening. On the contrary, while alcohol itself does not contain fat it is packed with calories and when mixed with another drink, such as a soft drink then the calories can really add up. A standard drink is said to contain approximately 70 calories without a mixer and a glass of champagne contains 106 calories.
Have you thought about...
- Providing your guests with choices by having a good range of low-alcohol and alcohol-free drinks.
- Ensuring food is available and easily accessible all the time. Serve food throughout the party to help break up continual drinking.
- Avoid salty foods, or choose low salt alternatives (salt makes people thirstier so they drink more).
- Providing bottles of water at private parties or request that the venue staff continually replace empty water jugs/bottles on tables.
- Starting with a soft drink or mocktail: You will drink much faster if you are thirsty, so have a non-alcoholic drink to quench your thirst before you start drinking alcohol.
- Encouraging guests to use the 'Drink Tracker' iPhone application.
- Providing games and music to entertain your guests and keep them busy: If they have something to do, they tend to drink less. Play pool or dance - don't just sit and drink.