Countless parties, bad decisions, unknown alcoholic beverages, uncontrolled drinking, and throbbing headache the morning after…been there, done that. How to moderate all this mess? Here are 7 tips you should take into account before your next drunken adventure!
1. Eat Well
The tip is, have a big fatty meal right before the wild night out with your friends. Anything that contains fat – lard, bread and butter, nuts or even oatmeal – will help soften the blow. These foods wrap around the stomach lining thus creating a casing that hinders the absorption of alcohol. However, its functioning does not last forever. That’s why once the protective layer in the stomach disappears, whatever you’ve drunk to that point is gonna hit you hard!
2. A Spoonful of Active Dry Yeast
Yes, you heard that correctly. Yeast is not the most delicious ingredient, so for a better taste and your own convenience, eat it with yogurt or porridge. Thanks to the specific enzyme (alcohol dehydrogenase), the yeast will help your liver break down and metabolize alcohol as quickly as possible, even before it gets into the blood vessels. But don’t rely heavily on this trick! If you combine sugar and yeast, it will have an opposite effect.
3. Keep In Order
Have you heard the phrase “Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear” before? Well, even if you haven’t, it is worth a note. It’s always best to choose one type of drink you are familiar with and you know how to handle and keep drinking it throughout the night. New exotic combinations of strong liquors may excite your imagination but simultaneously have some unpredictable and unpleasant effects you want to avoid. If you still want to taste something else, choose alcohol with a higher percentage than your previous drink.
It has been suggested by multiple case studies that regular exercising helps fight the negative effects of alcohol intake. So if daily physical activities are not your cup of tea, plan out a half-an-hour jog, a morning stretch, an afternoon shopping spree or simply a long walk down the quay the day you intend to drink. It will be useful not only to control alcohol absorption but help you stay fit, healthy and happy!
5. Drink Water
Sometimes in these popular coming-of-age movies, teenagers gulp down tequila shots just to get “smashed” and chug down all the beer in the house simply to quench their thirst. Well, that does not sound ideal! Whatever your situation is, the rule is to always drink water: before the party, before intaking strong spirits and before you go to bed. After all, water will quench your thirst better than any alcohol, juices and sugary drinks.
6. Move It, Move It
As mentioned above, any physical activity can support your system to cope with alcohol intoxication. As a bonus, it allows you to soberly assess your condition: if you can hardly drag your feet along then make sure you take it down a notch. You can dance it off or get some fresh air – anything that will help you clear your mind. Don’t overdo it though! Alcohol is a serious cardio bang!
Avoid fizzy drinks: bubbles can accelerate the process of intoxication. Try to diminish the chance of drinking champagne, ciders, and beer on a night out and avoid mixing strong liquor with any type of soda. On the other hand, sipping on a long drink all night long (for instance, a shot of vodka diluted with water or orange juice) will help you stay alert and of sober mind.