Your Guide to Smart Partying
Now that you’re informed, the experts explain how you can make smarter drinking decisions.
If you have a packed social calendar, accredited practising dietitian Melanie Mcgrice recommends being strategic. “If you have three or four parties coming up, choose a couple where you’ll use more of your allowance, then try to stick to fewer Smartpoints at the other events,” she says. “It comes back to moderation, being strategic and planning in advance.”
Make your drinks last
Instead of having the house wine, Mcgrice suggests making spritzers by mixing one part wine with two parts sparkling mineral water or soda water. “It means you’ll still feel like you’re drinking wine and enjoying your time with friends,” she says.
Consider the Smartpoints
Wine is generally lower in Smartpoints compared to other drinks, but it still counts towards your intake. “Two glasses of dry white wine contains 8 Smartpoints – similar to a traditional cinnamon Krispy Kreme doughnut, which has 9 Smartpoints!” Parker says.
With that in mind, if you’re going to have a couple of chardies, you might consider opting out of having sweets too – or do as Mcgrice suggests and bring a fruit platter to the party so you have a healthy sweet option for dessert.
Keep your hands occupied
“A lot of people drink because it’s social etiquette to have your hands full of something,” Mcgrice says. So rather than succumb to the pressure, carry a glass of water or offer to help your host. “If your hands are full with a plate that you’re carrying around, even if you are stopping for five minutes to have a chat with someone, people won’t be trying to top up your glass of wine.”
Get up and dance
Not only will you be the life of the party, but you might drink less (because it’s hard to get down with a glass of wine in hand). “It’s also a great way to expend energy!” Mcgrice says. What better excuse to hit the dance floor? #