Going Out? Minimize Your Hangover with These four Tips
Most adults enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage, but no one enjoys a hangover. That’s why if you’re planning a night out on the town, it’s important to drink responsibly if you want to stay safe and wake up without the headache, nausea, and other symptoms typically associated with a hangover. All it takes is a few simple precautions.
One of the most important things you can do if you’re planning to drink is to have your meal first. Rather than starting with an aperitif at the bar while waiting for friends, grab a small soda and wait until you’ve had some food to introduce alcohol. When you have food in your stomach, your body absorbs the alcohol more slowly. This can dramatically reduce your blood alcohol level and keep you from experiencing the telltale signs of drunkenness such as poor coordination or slurred speech.
Have an Itinerary
If you know that you need to drive home at a certain time, you’ll need to stop drinking a few hours in advance. This will reduce your alcohol consumption overall and make it less likely you’ll suffer a hangover. Plan your night with this knowledge in mind and keep the consequences at the forefront. If you’re pulled over for a DUI, you can face a severe fine and the conviction is public knowledge – it can’t be sealed or removed from your record. If you continue to drink into the night, be sure to take a cab instead.
Skip the Sugar Rush
You’re more likely to suffer a hangover if you drink very sweet, highly alcoholic cocktails containing liqueurs. If the beverage is neon colored and tastes like alcoholic candy, skip it in favor of beer, wine, or a simple mixed drink. These cocktails are so sweet because the bartender is trying to hide the large amount of alcohol behind other flavors. Don’t fall for it.
Don’t Mix With Meds
While some prescription medications have little or no interactions with alcohol, others mix very poorly with your mixed drinks. When you start a new medication, be sure to ask your doctor about interactions, and really listen to what they say. While you may be able to get away with a beer when taking a drugs where alcohol is contraindicated, you should probably skip the hard night of boozing with friends when taking such prescriptions.
Hangovers are an unpleasant consequence of a fun night out, so why not change the routine. Drink less, dance more, and end your night with pizza or ice cream instead of shots. Not only will this recalibration reduce the odds of a hangover, you’ll create new traditions with your friends that can last for years to come. Making drinking in moderation the new cool.