Your Guide to Smart Par­ty­ing

Now that you’re in­formed, the ex­perts ex­plain how you can make smarter drink­ing de­ci­sions.

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Alcohol 101 -

Be strate­gic

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? #

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