After work drinks

That quick drink at five o’clock doesn't have to turn into a messy night – here's how.

1. Keep track of what you're drinking

If you decide you are going to drink alcohol, why not set a limit for what you're going to drink before you go out? Then keep a mental note of what you have as the night wears on so you stick to it. Our Mydrinkaware tool will help you track the number of units and calories in different types and brands of drinks.

Do you know what a unit of alcohol is? Find out here...

2. Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks

If you decide to drink alcohol and don't want to drink too much, pace yourself by having a soft drink or two after every alcoholic drink. It'll help stop you getting dehydrated too. If you start out early, and you know it's going to be a long night, try sticking to soft drinks for the first couple of hours before you start on the alcohol.

Remember, if you drink when you leave the office at five and power through until 11, it's the equivalent of going out at eight and staying out until two in the morning – a big night out by any standards.

3. Eat before or during your work drinks

Missing dinner after going out straight from work is one of the main reasons after work drinks can get so messy. Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach means the alcohol is absorbed into your system quicker.. So try to eat before you go out or during the night. Having a main meal at lunchtime and then a sandwich before you head to the pub is a good idea. Eating before or during drinking alcohol should help stop any cravings for a greasy kebab at the end of the night too...

4. Avoid rounds

Getting involved in rounds means you normally end up drinking at the fastest drinker's pace. Not only might you end up drinking more than you would have if you were buying your own drinks, you'll spend more too.

5. Go alcohol free for the night

There's nothing wrong with going out with your workmates and giving alcohol a miss. Stick to the soft drinks and you'll stay on top of all the conversations as well as make it into work the next morning.

Page updated: March 2014