Booze, cigs and gluttony… three things that are synonymous with the watching the World Cup, according to the Hong Kong government. Last week, Hong Kong issued a health warning to soccer fans, stating that “even though crispy snacks and alcoholic beverages could add to the World Cup festivity, it is important to maintain healthy eating, get sufficient sleep, avoid tobacco or excessive alcohol, and stay within the law in terms of the smoking ban.”
It actually sounds disconcertingly like my mom – drink more water, don’t eat too much fried food, get more sleep! So for all you soccer fans out there, here’s some loving, motherly/governmental advice:
- When you feel like smoking, wash your face, do stretching exercises, try deep breathing and drink water to divert your attention from the urge.
- Limit fatty and sugary snacks (such as potato chips, candy bars and buttered popcorn).
- Drink plenty of water or light tea.
- Choose drinks with lower alcohol content. Reduce alcohol content by adding ice.
- Do not get into rounds. Drink alcohol-free beverages in between.