Drink Wisely, Weedhopper
Drinking smarter can be super easy if you follow these helpful tips.
Somewhere between the ages of 24 and 30, people lose their drive to go out and party, and adopt new ways to enjoy a drink with friends instead. It’s usually around this time when you also start to notice that the drink hits you harder than it did before…especially the next day.
As we get older, the reckless drinking habits we picked up in college take more of a toll on our bodies. Luckily, we can learn to undo those habits with a few easy tricks and get back to enjoying a drink or two without the nasty consequences.
While there’s no guaranteed level of drinking that’s absolutely risk-free, adopting these smart drinking habits can make all of the difference.
Take it Slow
There’s no need to rush. How fast your body absorbs alcohol relies on a few factors, including how quickly the alcohol is consumed. The faster you drink, the faster the feeling hits you and goes away, so you may find yourself slamming back another one quickly to keep that buzz going. That method can really backfire on you. If you drink a higher proof alcohol for over a half-hour to an hour long period, you will feel the effects longer and may not be tempted to drink more than you can handle.
Learn to sip, not binge
Going shot for shot with the guys/gals might have been fun in your early twenties, but it gets pretty rough as time goes on. Balancing out the quantity of how much you drink with how long you take to drink them can dramatically change how you feel afterward. You are less likely to order another cocktail while you already have one that you’re still working on. So, selectively sipping can help you cut down on how much you are drinking.
Don’t forget to Eat
You might think you’re saving on calories by passing on eating before imbibing on some cocktails, but trading calories isn’t the best idea. Having no food in your stomach can make you feel alcohol’s effects faster and make that ‘drunk’ feeling come on very strong. Eating food that has protein and/or fat helps to slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol, which helps mitigate the negative impacts of alcohol in the body.
Don’t forget that alcohol dehydrates you, so it’s always a good idea to drink some water between glasses.
Stick to Light or Clear Liquors
While I used to believe this was an Old Wives Tale, sticking with light or clear liquors can have a big impact on your likelihood to get a hangover. The darker your wine, beer, or spirit is the more likely there are extra compounds present. These extra compounds can be impurities picked up during the barrel aging process or derived from the fermenting of the skin of darker grapes. We often associate sulfites and tannins as the major culprits that cause the sensation we know as “Red Wine Headache.” It’s these extra compounds that add up to your nasty hangover.
If it bubbles, think twice
There’s no harm in popping a little bubbly for a special occasion. But watch out! Studies have shown that carbonated drinks & mixers, like Champagne, are absorbed by the body faster than other drinks. It also doesn’t help that too many of those sweet bubbly mixers can leave you with a wicked hangover. So, if you’ve ever thought those brunch mimosas go straight to your head, you’re probably right.
With the right adjustments, you can find your new sweet spot when it comes to drinking. If you want to explore taking alcohol out of your diet, that’s okay too.