“Chug! Chug! Chug!” The crowds are cheering and you’re drinking. What started as a casual night of partying has turned into a drunken mess. You’re slurring your words and can barely stumble through the walk home. Or worse, the alcohol overtakes your body and you spend the end of the evening hunched over a toilet. The consequences of irresponsible drinking can range the gamut from ruining your evening to ruining your life.
Enjoying alcohol doesn’t have to mean that you get falling-down-drunk every night. With these tips for safe drinking, you’ll be able to have a good time without regretting it in the morning :
- Drink a cup of green tea before consuming alcohol – Green tea is very hydrating and also packed fill of health boosting flavan-3-ols. By drinking a cup before you start drinking alcohol, you can combat both its dehydrating effects and the associated nutrient loss.
- Limit your alcohol consumption to two drinks per night – Alcohol is much more damaging to your health when consumed in high quantities. In addition to this, drinking lots of alcohol fills your body with empty calories that get stored as excess body fat. If you limit your consumption to two alcoholic drinks per night, you can avoid many of the harmful effects of alcohol and also prevent weight gain.
- Have at least two alcohol free nights each week – Even if you’re drinking in moderation, it’s a good idea to give your body at least two alcohol free days per week. This will prevent you from becoming addicted to alcohol and also allow your body to flush out any toxins.
- Drink alcohol on a full stomach – When you drink on an empty stomach, the alcohol diffuses through your stomach wall at a faster rate than the liver can process and damages your vital organs. By drinking on a full stomach, the alcohol is filtered through to your liver at a slower rate and never reaches your vital organs.
- Choose low calorie alcoholic drinks – Some alcoholic drinks contain over 500 calories per glass and this can lead to significant weight gain. However, if you go for low calorie alcoholic drink such as champagne, hard drinks, light beer and dry white wine, you’ll cut the calories per glass down to 100 or less and the alcohol you drink will have a minimal impact on your waistline.
- Exercise on the days you consume alcohol – Even if you choose low calorie alcoholic drinks, enjoying a couple of glasses of alcohol will still add a few hundred calories to your day. By working out on the days you drink alcohol, you can compensate for these excess calories and enjoy lots of additional benefits.
- Drink extra water the morning after you consume alcohol – Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body and when you combine this with the natural dehydration that occurs while you are sleeping, your body will be crying out for hydration when you wake up. Therefore, make sure you drink one or two extra large glasses of water the morning after consuming alcohol to rehydrate.
- Go for a walk or run the day after drinking alcohol – Alcohol has a negative effect on your vitamin D levels. By going for a walk or run the day after drinking alcohol, you can top them back up, burn off some of the excess alcohol calories and boost your health and fitness.
- Drink coffee the morning after drinking alcohol – In addition to dehydrating your body, alcohol has a negative impact on your alertness. If you drink coffee the morning after consuming alcohol, you can combat both of these effects. The caffeine in coffee gives your alertness an instant boost while the water rehydrates your body.