In Tipsy Tips

As Human Rights Day approaches, many of us are gearing up for a well-deserved long weekend filled with relaxation and festivities. However, amidst the excitement, let’s not forget the importance of responsible drinking. Whether you’re planning a braai with friends and family or hitting the road for a weekend away, here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend.

#1. Plan Your Transportation in Advance

Before the festivities begin, make sure you have a plan for getting home safely. If you’re going to be drinking, designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi or Uber to pick you up. Make sure you find a safe and reliable option for getting home after a night out.


#2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

It’s essential to stay hydrated, especially when alcohol is involved. Remember to pace yourself and alternate alcoholic beverages with water or other non-alcoholic drinks. Not only will this help prevent dehydration, but it can also reduce the likelihood of a dreaded hangover.

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#3. Know Your Limits

It’s easy to get caught up in the partying, but don’t forget your limits when it comes to booze. Be mindful of how much you’re drinking and try to stick to recommended daily limits: no more than 2 units for men and 1 unit for women. Your body will thank you for it later!


#4. Beware of the Sun

As you soak up the sun during the long weekend, make sure to apply sunblock regularly, seek shade when necessary, and avoid prolonged exposure during peak hours. Pairing alcohol with sun exposure can increase your risk of dehydration and heat-related illnesses, so be sure to drink plenty of water and take breaks indoors when needed.

#5. Look Out for Each Other

Lastly, remember to look out for your friends and loved ones throughout the weekend. If you notice someone showing signs of excessive drinking or dehydration, intervene and help. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.


While the long weekend is a time for celebration and relaxation, it’s essential to prioritise responsible drinking habits. By planning ahead, staying hydrated, knowing your limits, protecting yourself from the sun, and looking out for one another, you can ensure a memorable and safe holiday weekend.

Let’s raise our glasses to responsible enjoyment and cherish the moments shared with friends and family. Cheers to a fantastic Human Rights Day long weekend!

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