Look, drinking all day is not healthy. But what if you just want to go all out on a hot summer day. This afternoon bender is probably not a good idea. But here are some tips to make sure you stay awake—and, you know, survive.
1. Fill a small glass whith ice: If people pour alcohol into an emply glass (especially a wide one), they’re more likely to overserve themselves, studies show. The first step to not getting wastey-face is not having two drinks when you meant to have one.
2. Add Bubbles. Making your sipper a spritzer (half boozer, half seltzer) is an easy way to slow consumption, since carbonation may fill you up. It’s also a healthy alternative to caloric, sugar-laden cocktails from premade mixes, like margaritas. Tequila + lime juice + seltzer = yes!
3. Sub in agua. For every alcoholic beverage, have a water. One drink is also generally the amount the body can metabolize in an hour. Barbecues and beach days are marathons, not sprints.