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Drinking Do’s and Don’ts!

Tip 1. Never go drinking on an empty stomach
Having a snack or a meal before your first beverage will help give your body the time it needs to process alcohol and help prevent nausea, headache, and upset stomach.A little bit of starch or dairy goes a long way in coating your stomach lining and preparing your body for alcohol.

Tip 2. Avoid sugary mixers.
Things like margarita mix, juice with high fructose corn syrup, and red bull are just as hard for your body to process as the alcohol itself. Try mixing your booze with water, seltzer and fresh fruit juice (no sugar added).

Tip 3. You, not your friends, decide how much you drink.
Know this might sound silly, but how many times have you been persuaded to have another by a friend? It’s not a contest. You DON’T need to drink all the beers your friends give you. Some people hold their liquor better than others, alcohol absorption is dependent on one’s body structure/weight.

Tip 4. Make it last longer
If you finish your beer in a minute you’ll be the one not drinking while the others do, and you’ll feel compelled to get a new one. So, instead, make it last longer. Talk, take a sip, talk some more, eat something (healthy), talk some more..

Tip 5. Don’t mix the drinks.
This is also well known – don’t drink strong liquor (whiskey) followed by beer, by champagne, by strong liquor, by beer, etc. You’ll get drunk, faster and uglier and you will pay for it the next day.

Tip 6. Eat while you drink.
We’ve all been there: I need bread, pizza, cookies..to help sober me up! When we consume alcohol our inhibitions are down and our food choices are often less healthy. A great way to avoid these regrettable choices, and help your body absorb the alcohol correctly, is to keep healthy snacks around while you’re drinking.

Tip 7. Drink water.
Before, during, after. Alcohol is a diuretic and causes dehydration. Have a glass of water in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated and help prevent those nasty dehydration side effects.

Tip 8. When dizzy, take a break
If after a few drinks and not enough food in between you get dizzy, it’s time for a break. Walk outside in fresh air, get some water on your face, and find a quieter place to chill out.

Tip 9. Eat well the next day.
If you feel hungover in the morning, try healthy breakfast options like eggs and fresh juice. Despite what you may have heard, greasy food won’t do anything to help you feel better the next day. There’s no such thing as “soaking” up the booze – your body has already processed the alcohol and the grease will only leave you feeling more bloated. The best thing you can do for yourself is to eat foods that will help replenish the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost and put your body back on a healthy digestive cycle. Have some vitamin C and a B complex on hand. They won’t cure a hangover but will help the body.

Tip 10. Take a drinking break.
Push yourself to go for an extended period of time (days, weeks, etc.) with no drinking at all. Your liver will appreciate the rest and you might even see a decrease in your tolerance so you can drink less (and spend less!), but have just as much fun.


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