26 November, 2010

Hang-over


Here are some ways to save yourself from hang-over.

Drink more water
For every alcoholic drink you have, your body can expel up to four times as much liquid. The diuretic effect of alcohol and the dehydration it causes contribute to the discomfort of a hangover. When you wake up with a headache and a generally icky feeling, dehydration is the cause. Staying hydrated can reduce the negative effects of alcohol.

Hit the rocks 
On-the-rocks drinks like Manhattans and cosmopolitans -- as the ice melt, the drink is diluted. Take your time with a drink, sip it slowly. The faster you drink, the more toxins in booze spends in your body affecting your brain and other tissues -- the more pain you feel in the morning.

Skip the bubbles 
Carbonated mixers increase the rate of alcohol absorption in the blood. The gas in the bubbles is what speeds up the process. Instead, mix your liquor with fruit juice or water. If you are going to drink something bubbly, alternate between alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. The reason is that you still have a glass in your hand and feels like your having a real drink, but you're not doing the same harm.

Get busy 
Having conversation is an easy way to pace your drinking. If you are chatting, you're not guzzling, so you're slowing down the rate booze hits your blood. Eat something. Eating slows down the absorption of alcohol so you have more time to metabolize what you're thinking. Best options are fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines), or some nuts and seeds (walnuts and flaxseed).

Keep your head and stay cool.

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