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Save Money by Drinking Less at The Bar

Do you ever find yourself running low on money? Are your credit card bills higher than you’d like them to be? Are you ever a little short on cash with nothing to show for it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask yourself if you frequently go out drinking at bars? If the answer to that question is yes, then it’s quite possible that you’re drinking too much and spending too much at bars, and it may be wise to cut back on both fronts.

There’s no shame in admitting that this is a problem for you; it happens to the best of us. After all, it’s quite easy to get carried away at bars by drinking and spending too much; bars do a lot to ensure that a majority of its patrons do just that, and it’s why they’re usually crowded on a nightly basis, especially on the weekend. Once you get accustomed to the routine of going out to bars, it can be difficult to stop, and even if that’s not an option for you, there are a number of ways that you can alter your behavior so that you drink less at bars and save money in the process.

The first tip is to try drinking a bottle of water in between each alcoholic beverage. It can be tough to stop once you get in a groove chugging beers, and that causes the tab to run up in a hurry. Having a mineral water in between each drink will help curb this, as water will be cheaper than the beer. If you don’t like the taste of water, then a Shirley temple does fine as well. By mixing in some non-alcoholic drinks, you won’t get intoxicated quite so quickly, which could make it easier to stop later in the evening when you’ve had enough and spent enough. Even if you don’t end up stopping sooner than usual, by the time you get to last call, your tab won’t be quite as high if there are a few bottles of water mixed in with your other drink of choice.

In the event that you don’t have to worry about driving to or from the bar, try having a drink or two at home before you go out. It’s almost always going to be cheaper to buy a six-pack at a grocery store than buying six beers at a bar. If you have a set number of drinks you like to have in a night, then drinking a couple of those at home is going to save you some money on your way out the bar. Of course, this only applies if you someone else is driving, or else you’ll have bigger problems than your tab at the bar.

Another money-saving method you can use at the bar is paying in cash. This may not seem like it means a lot, but it can make a big difference. When you pay with a credit card, you probably won’t take that close of a look at your check when you sign it at the end of the night, especially if you’re feeling a little tipsy, and so you won’t even realize that you’re spending more than you’d like on drinks. Start paying with cash, and you’ll likely find yourself wanting to drink less, therefore you’ll spend less. By paying with cash, you’re more aware of the money you’re throwing away on alcohol, rather than just handing over your credit card and signing the receipt. Moreover, you’ll either run out of money and be forced to stop, or you’ll get tired of running to the ATM to pick up more cash. Either way, you’ll end up drinking less and spending less, and you’ll be better off for it.

Whatever your situation is, it doesn’t hurt to try saving a little money by drinking less when you go out to bars. There are a variety of methods you can use, and they all stand a chance of working to a certain extent. Just give it a try, and see if you can cut back on how much you drink at bars, if for no other reason than to save some money.

 

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3 Great Outdoor Activities to Do Instead of Drinking

For some of us, our drinking gets to a point where it becomes a problem and we need to scale back, or stop completely. But it’s not always that easy to do; not only can drinking be an obsession and an addiction, but it’s also a favorite pastime of ours and the activity we enjoy doing the most. More than that, it’s a part of every activity we partake in, and everything we do can feel empty without it. Something that can help us curb or stop our drinking is finding an activity that can serve as a replacement for it, specifically something that doesn’t involve drinking, or tempt us to drink. The best activities that fit this description are generally held outside, so here are three great outdoor activities that you can try instead of drinking.

The first one may seem a bit intense and ambitious, but try training for a marathon, triathlon, or any kind of endurance race. Getting serious about such a monumental task will teach you the discipline you need to kick your drinking habit and make sure it doesn’t become an issue again. Training for such a physically intense and demanding activity will quickly flush out the alcohol from your system, most likely in the form of sweat, and in the beginning you’ll feel so awful that the last thing you’ll want to do is drink; instead, you’ll be reaching for water or Gatorade to quench your thirst. Once you get used to doing your training on a daily basis, you’ll find yourself in a new routine that involves eating right and drinking fluids that will hydrate you instead of giving you a buzz. Sooner or later, you’ll no longer be pining for a drink, and even though it may be a bit much, if you can pull it off, training for a marathon can be a great replacement for drinking.

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A less strenuous outdoor activity that can replace drinking is dog walking. If you don’t have a dog already, then try getting one, and take it for a walk when you would otherwise be drinking, or whenever you feel the urge to drink. Having a pet is a responsibility that forces you to think about something other than yourself and forces you to make sacrifices, so why not sacrifice drinking. Whether you walk around the block or go to a dog park, taking a dog for a walk gives you some fresh air, a chance to think, and time to get some perspective on things. Moreover, you can’t stop off at a bar when you have a dog with you, so even if you get the urge to drink, having a dog with you will force you to bypass that option. If you think dog walking is good but would prefer a change of scenery, then you should consider hunting or hiking.

If you’d prefer to leave the canines at home, then grab a bike and take up cycling as a hobby. Riding a bike isn’t quite as grueling as training for a marathon, but it allows you to get out of the house and engage in a physical activity that will flush out the toxins from your system and get the endorphins flowing. Once you get into shape, you’ll be able to go for miles and miles, keeping you occupied for hours on end and away from your drinking habit. You don’t have to train for the Tour de France, just get on your bike and go out exploring, and before you know it, you won’t even want to go back to drinking.

Giving up drinking can be tough, and finding an activity that can replace it may not be easy. But the best thing you can do is to find something that gets you out of the house and out in the fresh air. There are countless outdoor activities you can do instead of drinking; you just have to find one that suits you.

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Why Drinking Too Much is Bad for your Liver

They say that everything in moderation can be good for you. Well, perhaps not arsenic or rat poison, but just about everything else is fine to put into your body as long as it’s in moderation, even alcohol, which actually has some benefits to your health if it’s done in the right way. But if you over indulge yourself with alcohol, you should expect to pay the consequences for it, and it all starts with damage to your liver.

IMAG0154 (by User 4294967295)Of course, it’s not just alcohol that the liver has to deal with; everything that we ingest through our digestive tract, all of the air that we breathe, and anything that gets absorbs through our skin will get refined and detoxified in the liver. But the act of binging on any substance can be particularly troublesome for the liver, especially when it’s something that’s somewhat toxic and lacking helpful nutrients, such as alcohol. Most people put their liver through a great deal of stress as it is, with all of the chemicals, preservatives, and hormones that’s in the food and drinks that we consume that must be filtered by the liver. Alcohol is perhaps the biggest toxin a person will consume during his or her life, so over indulging with a large amount of alcohol on top of the all of the other additives if often asking too much of your liver.

The list of side effects that accompany a liver that’s overwhelmed and may be a bit sluggish thanks to your over indulgence is nearly endless. There are long-term issues such as obesity, cirrhosis, osteoporosis, and heart problems that can develop if a liver is constantly forced to perform extra work. There are also short-term side effects when the liver is under stress due to over indulgence of a toxin like alcohol. These symptoms include indigestion, migraines, anxiety attacks, and low energy. A bigger issue that goes on is that many of these symptoms can get misdiagnosed as other conditions, allowing issues with the liver to go undetected until they grow into larger issues such as hepatitis, liver cancer, or other serious conditions.

A stressed liver can also lead to issues in other organs, most notably the gall bladder, which is attached to the liver and often works in tandem with the liver. The gall bladder’s primary function is to store bile produced by the liver and release it to other parts of the body when necessary, usually for digestion. However, a liver that’s under stress won’t be able to produce enough bile for the gall bladder, which will not only lead to digestive issues that may effect you in the short term, but also makes it harder for the body to store and conserve nutrients, negating some of your healthy eating habits. If this issue starts to occur on a regular basis, it can lead to gall stones, which can be a serious issue that requires medical attention and care.

There are steps you can take to support your liver and make sure that it can return to functioning normally after a period of stress. But the best thing you can do is simply avoid instances of over indulgence, especially with regard to substances like alcohol that are harmful for the liver and difficult for the organ to deal with, because any kind of over indulgence can be one of the worst things you can do for your liver.

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