Here are ten things you can do to improve your well being, and balance healthier drinking:
1. Avoid sugary mixers. Things like margarita mix, juice with high fructose corn syrup, sodas and red bull are just as hard for your body to process as the alcohol itself. Try mixing your liquor with water or fresh fruit juice (no sugar added). You’d be surprised what great drinks you can make without all that extra sugar.
2. The clearer the better. Vodka, gin, and light beer are much easier on your body (and lower in calories) than whiskey, bourbon, or red wine.
3. Don’t mix. Mixing light and dark liquors is hard on your stomach. It’s also hard on your head. Mixing alcohol is never a good idea. Pick your drink of choice – and stick to it for the night. You’ll thank yourself the next day.
4. Take a drinking break. Push yourself to go for an extended period of time (days, weeks, etc.) with no drinking at all. Your liver will appreciate it and you might even see a decrease in your tolerance so you can drink less and spend less!
5. Eat well the next day. Try healthy breakfast options like eggs and fresh juice. The best thing you can do for yourself is to eat foods that will help replenish the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost and put your body back on a healthy digestive cycle.
6. Eat before you drink. Having a snack or a meal before your first beverage will help give your body the time it needs to process alcohol and help prevent nausea, headache, and upset stomach. A little bit of fatty food, starch or dairy goes a long way in coating your stomach lining and preparing your body for alcohol.
7. Eat selectively while you drink. Some may get the munchies while drinking and studies have shown that the body processes the alcohol first and stores the food you eat while drinking as fat. This will prevent the beer belly phenomenon.
8. Drink water. Before, during, after. Alcohol is a diuretic and causes dehydration. Have a glass of water between drinks to keep yourself hydrated and help prevent those nasty dehydration side effects.
9. Drink less. We know, we know, some people don’t want to hear this, but do yourself a favor, and have a few less drinks on those big nights out. Sometimes it’s just about saying no to that last shot of Tequila. This also helps you to be coherent enough to make a wise decision on how you will get home and not become a drunk driver.
10. Take your vitamins and minerals. Drinking depletes essential nutrients – make sure you’re feeding them to your system. If you don’t have your bottle of Vitamin Water on hand, try some vitamin C and a B complex. It won’t do everything, but it will certainly help.