An Alcoholic Experience: 6 Ways To Prepare Yourself
Alcohol for starters: how not to get too hungover the next morning
Talking about having alcohol seems overly confusing for those who are new to it. So many kinds of alcohol. So many brands. Where do you even start?
You may be one who’s wary of what you consume. Or you may be a daredevil, who rushes right into trying whatever you can get your hands on. Nonetheless, it’s no big matter as liquor consumption guides are quite readily available for you on the internet. Even then, you must have friends who have been around the block too.
As someone who has a drizzle of alcohol exposure, your “alcohol experience” largely depends on how you prepare yourself. You may have doubts about it. But fret not as it isn’t exactly a complicated matter if you prepare yourself right. So here we go!
Pigging out like there’s no tomorrow
Eating enough is essential before a liquor-filled night. Something you should know about eating before binge-drinking: food slows down alcohol. It won’t get to your head that fast.
You wouldn’t want to end up on the floor. Pretty sure you wouldn’t want to look like a hot mess either, do you? And it certainly isn’t fun being in the washroom having a friend holding your head up while you barf into the toilet.
Regardless if you are planning to drink heavily into the night or drink within your “safe zone”, eat. Eat enough so liquor won’t overpower you to a point you completely lose yourself.
If you are wondering what kind of food you should consume before consuming alcohol, here are some suggestions:
-Fruits and vegetables
Avoid eating chocolates and tomatoes as it may act as an irritant that increases reflux. Alcohol is an irritant that contributes to that. Also avoid eating salty food as when mixed with alcohol, you will feel puffy. Feeling puffy isn’t the best sensation for a lot of people out there. Avoid caffeine too as it does not always mix well with alcohol. It may make you want to drink more. Once the caffeine wears off, you may go back to feeling sleepy again.
Not forgetting to mention, liquor tends to give you the munchies once you are “done with the night”. Stuff your face with food if you like. Bread is a good hangover food. Some may opt for greasy food.
2. Water yourself as you go
Alcohol tends to burn you out as you go. To counter this, drink as much water as you can to keep the hangover at bay. Drink as much as you can before you start drinking away. If you feel a tad bit hangover, drink water to combat it!
This method is a widely popular therapy to remedy your hangover. For starters, alcohol dehydrates your body. In order to keep your dehydration at bay, your best remedy is to drink plenty of water. Since water works as a diuretic, making you pee often.
3. Sleep as much as you can
Alcohol is often a contributing factor to bad sleeping patterns. To prepare yourself for it, get plenty of sleep and rest in before you go binge-drinking. Keep in mind this isn’t to just prepare yourself for the eventual sleepless night. It is also to prepare you for partying and binge-drinking into the wee hours of the night.
Sleep well. Get plenty of rest.
Don’t just “sleep enough” before you go out drinking. Sleep as much as you can when you come back from a night of consuming alcohol. As mentioned before, alcohol dehydrates you and may in turn make you feel tired. On top of drinking a lot of water, sleep a lot to recuperate from your night out.
4. Avoid drinking cheap liquor
This applies to every alcoholic drink in the market. Beer, wine, spirits, whatever alcoholic drink you can think of. You may want to save a few bucks so not to hurt your wallet but please don’t! Cheaper alternatives of alcohol often taste like crap. Not forgetting to mention, cheap alcohol makes you hangover faster. And when you get hungover from cheap alcohol, it is often the unsavoury kinds. There is certainly nothing honourable in consuming cheap liquor!
5. Your choice of drink
Your choice of alcoholic drink may spell out how hangover you will wake up to the next morning. Most obvious advice people will give is to start with low-alcohol content drinks, usually below 25%.
Some people may suggest champagne as that is a popular “celebration drink”. Some may suggest alcoholic drinks that are not sweet, as you may down more than what you can handle. Some may even suggest mixing fruits to your drinks to avoid getting completely smashed.
Just in case you are not aware: put ice into your liquor. It dilutes the alcohol level in your drinks. Some people may not like it but if it helps prevent you from getting hungover, do it.
6. Bring a friend with you
The most obvious preparation to an alcohol-filled night. Bring a responsible friend who guides you through the night. Plus points if your friend has been around the block in the drinking scene before. It’s crucial for you to have that friend as for some people, their first time may be confusing. Or even better, bring a group of responsible friends with you. After all, what is “squad goals” without them, right?
Keep in mind everyone’s first alcohol experience is different for each person. No two experiences are the same. Some have better alcohol tolerance, whereas some others have lower. The same way people have different approaches to consuming alcohol too. Some went straight for hard liquor whereas some keep tabs of how much they have consumed.
By the end of the day, it’s about having fun and drinking responsibly.