Finally! Here is a proven, practical way to drink alcohol and lower your risk for problems. Up until now, there have been two primary messages when it comes to drinking alcohol. One is “just say no,” which for the majority of the population is not an option. The other is to “drink responsibly.” But what does that mean? If you ask five random people to define responsible drinking, you will most likely get five completely different answers. This invalidates the term because it can be defined in so many different ways.
Party with a Plan® gives a concise and research based formula that teaches people how to drink and lower their risk of negative consequences. It’s like creating a speed limit for drinking. If you stick to the speed limit, your chance of problems is minimal.
However, the more you go over the speed limit, and the more often you go over the speed limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk. This book is long overdue!
Randy Haveson knows addiction. As an alcoholic in long-term recovery (May, 1984), he has dedicated his life to helping others make more empowered choices in their lives. He is a 25 year veteran in the substance abuse field with extensive experience as a counselor, Director of Health & Alcohol Education at highly accredited universities, and speaker on over 100 campuses, speaking about harm reduction, self-esteem, leadership, and supporting students in recovery.
Five winners will each get a copy of Party With a Plan. One winner will also get a $25 Amazon GC and another will also get a consultation with Randy Haveson (Open to USA & CAN)
Alcohol: The good, the bad, and the ugly
“I went out with a guy who once told me I didn’t need to drink to make myself more fun to be around. I told him, I’m drinking so that you’re more fun to be around.” — Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
What do you usually tell people, especially women, about alcohol and dating?
Dating can be tricky. People can feel nervous, anxious, or fearful, especially on a first date. And many use alcohol as a way to numb those feelings, but that’s not a good idea. Alcohol affects people differently when they are under stress so I recommend not drinking at all before or during a first date situation. And if they do drink, make sure they eat first, don’t have more than one drink per hour, and don’t have more than two drinks on a first date. Three drinks is a max after that.
Why should they eat first?
When a person drinks on an empty stomach the alcohol is absorbed quicker into the system and a person can become intoxicated quicker. I also suggest eating foods that have protein and low sodium. High sodium content makes you thirstier and people tend to drink more. Why do you think bars serve salty nuts and pretzels? They want you to drink more. Protein slows down the absorption of alcohol while carbs tend to not have much of an effect.
You mentioned no more than two or three drinks, why is that?
I want to teach people how to use alcohol in a way that lowers their risk for problems. Up until now the messages about drinking have been fuzzy to say the least. Ask five random people to define “responsible drinking” and you get five different answers. I came up with the Party with a Plan® guidelines to give people specific tools they can use to stay safe with alcohol. Too many times good people make one bad decision and it changes their lives forever. According to the research, three drinks, defined as a 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. glass of wine, or a 1 oz. shot in a mixed drink, is the maximum people can have and stay low-risk. And for women who are petite or have a low tolerance to alcohol, it’s even less than that.
Do some people disagree with those guidelines?
Oh sure. People who like to drink in a high-risk way don’t like these guidelines. But it’s like a speed limit sign. You might not agree with the speed limit in a certain area, but not following the speed limit can set you up for trouble. And the more you go over the speed limit and the more often you go over the limit, the more you put yourself and others at risk.
Where did you get your information from?
I’ve been working in the alcohol education field for over 30 years. My research comes from a variety of places, mostly the CDC and the NIAAA. Everything I talk about in my books is researched based and the goal is to help people stay safe when it comes to their use of alcohol.