Date PostedJanuary 22, 2013

Best Drinks to Avoid a Hangover

We all love to relax and unwind with a glass or two of our favourite tipple, but nobody looks forward to the hangover the next day. Why is it that sometimes we suffer from a hangover and other times we do not?

How exactly do you avoid getting a hangover and are there certain drinks that are better for avoiding a hangover than others? These are the questions that most drinkers ask themselves.

It is never a good idea to over-indulge, this is bad for your health, your safety and your wellbeing. Firstly always ensure you have a safe way of getting home, either a designated driver or public transport. Once you have kept these things in mind, try these tips to prevent the dreaded hangover:

1. Drink a lot of 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. You should alternate one alcoholic drink with one non-alcoholic drink, preferably water.

2. Order your drinks with Ice

As the ice melts it dilutes the drink and lessens its potency. Then sip the drink slowly to minimise the risk of getting drunk.

3. Skip the Bubbles

Researchers find that carbonated mixers increase the rate of alcohol absorption in the blood. The theory is that the gas in the bubbles is what speeds up the process. Instead, mix your drink with fruit juice or water.

5. Don’t Drink Alone

When you drink in the company of others, you drink slower because you are most likely going to be conversing at the same time. So you drink slowly and slow down the rate at which the alcohol enters your blood which is better for you in avoiding a hangover.

6. Eat Something

Eat before drinking and nibble on something while drinking. Eating, according to experts slows down the absorption of alcohol so you have more time to metabolize what you’re drinking.

But are there specific drinks that induce a hangover or are there those that can prevent a hangover altogether?

According to researchers at Brown University in The USA, lighter coloured alcohol tends to give less of a hangover than the darker liquors. Respondents to the Brown University study who drank bourbon felt worse the next day than those who drank vodka. Those who drank the darker liquors demonstrated headaches, nausea, loss of appetite and thirst.

One of the reasons why scientists believe that darker drinks such as bourbon may induce a hangover are because bourbon contains 37 times more toxic compounds that vodka, compounds such as acetone, acetaldehyde and tannins.

So if you want to avoid a hangover stick to the light coloured liquors and no matter what you drink, always do so in moderation. Stay hydrated while drinking and the next day, and always start a night out with a hearty meal.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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