Thursday, August 20, 2009
Rules for a Night of Serious Drinking
Simple moves to dodge a hangover.
Let's face it: Despite all the folk remedies--ginseng, prickly pear extract, peanut butter, miso soup, and Vitamin B6, there really is no cure for a hangover except more alcohol.
However, there are things you can keep in mind when contemplating a night of serious drinking. What you do while you are drinking can mitigate or exacerbate the effects of the Day After. The following list was adapted from a post by the folks over at the Nursing Schools Network and Directory and used with their kind permission.
--If you're in it for the long haul, consider alternating an alcoholic beverage with a non-alcoholic drink. The reward for this is continual hydration, which helps offset the tendency of alcohol molecules to replace water molecules in the cells.
--Choose your liquor carefully. Red wine and cheap dark booze have more congeners, which are organic molecules that can contribute to a hangover. ML01, a genetically-modified yeast, is being touted as a way of cutting back on the headaches commonly associated with a night of red wine.
--Keep Count. When you lose count, it's time to stop. Know your measure.
--Skip the Sugar. Sweet drinks mess with your blood sugar level even more than regular drinks.
--Keep the smoking to a minimum. You'll need your oxygen come morning.
--Don't diss the bar and cocktail snacks. Foods high in fat well help absorb excess alcohol.
--Skip the Tylenol and Ibuprofen before going out. They probably won't help, and the combination with alcohol taxes the liver.
--Drink water. And keep drinking water. Morning-after dehydration causes many of a hangover's lingering effects.
--Stop drinking an hour before you go to bed. Better to nod off than to pass out, and you will have a better chance of sleeping through the night.
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