Like in the UK, bars in India should consider introducing ‘Water Time’ — when a round of water is passed around, and everyone compulsorily drinks a glass of water. “Staying well-hydrated in-between drinks is the best way to escape a wild night,” said Ron Ainsbury, who has conceptualised DRINKiQ to promote responsible drinking.
Conducting a two-hour session in the city on Wednesday, Ainsbury took the audience through a series of slides that delved into poor drinking habits, how genes play a big role in deciding how every individual processes his/her drink and dispelled myths regarding hangover cures.
“A Bloody Mary the next morning or a cold shower will not cure your hangover,” remarked Ainsbury. Some trivia on how on an average a woman can never match a man drink-to-drink owing to biology and how excessive drinking leads to “man-boobs” in men, elicited a laughter from the audience.
DRINKiQ was first launched in Australia and was endorsed by the Australian Medical Association. In India, it hopes to tap corporates who want to promote responsible drinking among their staff.
“There is nothing like a ‘more potent drink’ and a ‘safer’ drink. Beer, wine, Scotch can all make you equally drunk. How drunk you are only depends on how much you drink and not on what you drink,” said Ainsbury.
He also discussed how even after a rough night the brain is not completely awake till noon often, and this can interfere with concentration and judgment especially while driving.
In the UK and Australia, DRINKiQ sessions are being conducted for groups that go drinking together.