The COVID-19 pandemic has probably meant that your favorite drinking spots have been closed. With bars and restaurants being closed, there’s been an increase in alcohol purchases and solo drinking all across the country. While drinking on your own can be enjoyable, it’s important to do so responsibly…

Solo Drinking: Handy Tips

Prepare ahead of time

When solo drinking, it’s good to treat it somewhat like when you’re socially drinking. That means you should prepare ahead of time. The last thing you want is either for something to come up, or for you to have a rough time because you didn’t think ahead.

Therefore, make sure you’ll have a free schedule when you decide to drink. You won’t want something important to come up after you’ve been drinking! You will want to hydrate and have enough to eat beforehand, though. This will help you not drink too much, which can be tempting when you’re by yourself.

Buy only what you need

Another good thing to practice when solo drinking is to only buy enough alcohol as you’ll need. It’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll stick to a limit before you drink. However, once you get going, that can become harder to stick to. Plus, you won’t have any friends there to help cut you off.

If you only buy as much as you plan to drink in the first place, then this won’t be an issue. That way, there will be no temptation within eyesight. You also won’t have to worry about feeling “guilty” for going over your set limit.

Have something to do

While sitting and having a drink to relax can be enjoyable, it can also lead to you wanting to drink more and more. That’s why it’s helpful to have something else to do while you drink. When something else needs your attention, it’ll slow down the rate at which you drink.

For example, maybe you want to listen to some music or do some light reading. Even just watching a movie or T.V. show can be helpful. Doing this will encourage you to sip on your drink and watch your intake, rather than drink a lot in a short time.