How to protect yourself from a hangover when you are drinking
If you have followed the tips offered at my pre-drinking post (hyperlink), then you’ve done half of the work. Now check out what to do while you are out and about in order to avoid the next day’s out and about.
– Make your roadie a Gatorade: You’ve probably heard that it’s smart to chug water between cocktails to fend off dehydration (and the resulting headache) caused by alcohol. But coconut water or sports drinks like Gatorade work even better: They replace fluids and electrolytes, the nutrients you lose when you drink.
– Skip Champagne: Science says the bubbles in sparkling wine may accelerate the absorption of alcohol so you get drunker faster. The problem is that this produces especially bad hangovers.
– Skip the smokes: When 113 college students documented their alcohol intake, smoking habits, and hangover symptoms every day for eight weeks, researchers found that when they drank heavily, smoking significantly increased the risk and severity of a hangover.
– Stick with clear liquor: Vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark drinks like whiskey and rum.
– Wash your hands super well: Drinking alcohol changes the way your immune system works, so if you’re exposed to something like the flu when you’re out, you’re more likely to become infected, have a more severe reaction, and take longer to recover, Kovacs says. And if there’s one thing that makes a hangover worse, it’s flu symptoms like fever, muscle aches, and chills.
– Dance your ass off: It’s hard AF to hold a drink while you’re breaking it down so dancing can stop you from the destructive cycle of emptying your glass and immediately refilling it. Just be sure to stash a cup of water on the edge of the dance floor to rehydrate, particularly if you start to break a sweat.
If I’m not out partying, then Ι’ll be home working on the posts you love and my health coaching services. Please, have a shot for me too!