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Don’t drink and shop during the holidays




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Don’t mix alcohol and holiday shopping, said a psychiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

“Alcohol impairs judgment and decreases inhibitions,” said Dr. Kristin Kassaw, BCM associate professor of psychiatry. “You may find shopping bags full of impulse buys that you might ordinarily think twice about.” She recommends taking an extra moment to ask yourself, “How will I feel about this in January when the credit card bills arrive?”

Alcoholic beverages are a common feature of the holidays, but drinking too much can lead to problems ranging from an increased risk of traffic accidents to embarrassing yourself at the office party.

Kassaw makes these suggestions:

•Those not used to drinking should be aware they can become intoxicated easily and may be unable to carry out normal activities.

•Alcohol should not be used as relief from the stress that comes with the holidays.

•Don’t drink alcohol to loosen up before an event like the office holiday party. “Limiting consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holidays is the best way to avoid the problems drinking too much can cause,” Kassaw said.
 

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