Drinking is hard to avoid. Especially in China, where ritualized drinking culture recently killed one official and put another in a coma. Drinking a proper amount is good for the health – and as a recent study shows, wealth and education as well -- while excessive drinking is harmful. To keep healthy (and avoid hellish hangovers), it’s important to heed these nine tips.
1. Drink Hot Liquor
No matter the kind of alcohol you’re consuming, heating it is a good idea. It makes your beverage more fragrant and palatable, and gets rid of harmful aldehydes with low boiling points.
2. Never Drink on an Empty Stomach
If you drink while eating, the liquor stays in your stomach longer and, because your body’s processing of the liquor is interfered with by the gastric acid generated by eating, the booze is absorbed more slowly and it is harder to get drunk.
3. Don’t Combine Different Types of Liquors
Different types of liquors have different components and contents, so chemical changes may occur if they are mixed together. If you mix liquors you may feel uncomfortable and get headaches. Combining different liquors also makes it much easier to get drunk.
4. Don’t Chug
Drink slowly, and every now and then, put down your glass and take a little rest. Don’t drink beverages like Coke, or other sodas, because the carbonation accelerates the absorption of the alcohol.
5. Pay Attention When Drinking Alcohol and Beer
When drinking any kind of alcohol, drink plenty of plain water so that you can pee out the liquor as quickly as possible. When drinking liquor, adding ice cubes helps raise the water content and keeps you a little more, how shall we say, fluid. Lifelong smokers who drink strong alcohol are more likely to be at risk for carcinoma of larynx.
6. Eat More Vegetables and Bean Products While Drinking
The antioxidants and vitamins in green vegetables can protect your liver. The lecithin in bean products also has a beneficial effect on your liver.
7. Don’t Bathe After Drinking
The effects of bathing on the body are similar to those of exercise – your body will consume glucose and body temperature will drop quickly. The alcohol in the bloodstream will prevent your liver from quickly returning your glucose levels to their normal concentration. In extreme cases this can even lead to death. Better to be smelly than dead.
8. Don’t Drink Medicinal Liquor at Banquets
The medical contents in certain medicinal liquors may react badly with certain components in food or lead to unfortunate chemical changes. If you’re drinking medicinal liquors at a banquet, you may end up feeling horrible and even chucking up the contents of the feast.
9. To Sober Up, Skip Soda and Drink Fruit Juice
Fruit juice, especially orange juice and apple juice, help you sober up because they contain fructose which can help the alcohol burn off faster.
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