You can’t claim to be an aspiring gentleman unless you can indulge in your vices responsibly. A little bit of care and thought go a long way towards having fun while staying safe.
So, here are the things you must do to cultivate a responsible attitude towards your spliffs, drinks and cigars.
You’ve already read all the ‘Don’t Drink And Drive’ and ‘Drink Responsibly’ posters, so we won’t go there. Instead, focus on how much you’re drinking and what you mix with it. Recommended units the average person can take is 14 every week. Now, that doesn’t mean you can binge on 14 units on a Saturday night as long as you abstain the rest of the week. Binge drinking is just as harmful. Your daily intake should be a unit or less.
Just as important is what you mix with your drinks. Red Bull with vodka, for example, is really popular, but has some serious side effects on your body. Stay away from any alcohol if you’re on drugs (recreational or medical).
The best way to be a responsible smoker is to quit entirely. Swap the cigarettes for electronic alternatives. E-cigs are getting really popular and there’s some evidence to suggest the effects are not as bad as traditional cigarettes.
There’s a wave of legalization spreading across North America. The authorities are finally debating their attitude towards cannabis and this could mean your recreational use could already be legal in some states. But make sure you’ve done your research. If you live in a state that allows you to grow it at home, make sure you follow all the local regulations and stay within the limits of the law.
Make sure you know what you’re getting and stay hydrated throughout.
Understand the effects of weed on your body. It may be impossible to overdose on the stuff, but if it’s affecting your performance at work it may be time to cut back a bit.
We all have that one vice that helps us unwind over the weekend or after a long day at work. It’s unreasonable to try and cut them out completely, so your best bet is to enjoy them responsibly. Do your research and follow the guidelines to stay safe.