How to Prevent a Hangover (by

Posted: December 30, 2012 by Johan Botha in Alcohol, Ale, Beer, Beer News, Food, Wine, World wine news
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Prevention better than cure!

Prevention better than cure!

Prevention is better than cure, they say. It’s all well and good curing a hangover, but wouldn’t it be better not to have it in the first place?

1. Know your limits and stick to them.

The hard reality is that seventy five percent of people who imbibe alcohol to intoxication will have a hangover the next day. A hangover is nature’s way of clearing the toxins in alcohol from your body, so the more you pour in, the nastier the hangover will be. The number of alcoholic beverages it takes to reach a state of intoxication varies from person to person and knowing your own limits is important. It’s recommended in some places that you don’t have more than three beverages in any 1 to 2 hour period, and no more than five beverages in one night.
If you’re a woman or of Asian descent, you might want to consider having a little less because your metabolism makes you more susceptible to hangovers. Women tend to have a lower metabolic rate due to a higher ratio of body fat and Asians tend to have lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that breaks down alcohol. Pay attention to how different types of alcohol affect you. No matter what the studies say, every person’s ability to metabolize alcohol differs and you’ll know by experience which beer, wine, spirit, or liqueur works for you or plays havoc with your body. Listen to your own body’s reactions and take care accordingly.

Keep in mind that regardless of all the following suggestions, the key solution to hangover prevention is always paying attention to quantity – the less alcohol consumed, the better your chances of avoiding a hangover. Unless you are intending to get really drunk, try drinking one standard drink (can of beer, shot of hard liquor)per hour, which is about the rate at which your liver can keep up. For most people, the most pleasant moment is when the first one kicks in (BAL around .05), and drinking more at that time just moves you away from the “sweet spot.” At one per hour, your blood alcohol level will tend to stay in that range, resulting in more pleasant feeling and less likelihood of doing something stupid.

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