The warmer weather has finally arrived, and that means drinking season is coming into full swing. There is something about the summer time that seems to invite day drinking, and hangovers. In an effort to help you make the most out of the upcoming summer days, we’ve compiled a list of the five biggest rookie drinking mistakes we see on a regular basis that lead to truly horrifying hangovers. Avoiding these mistakes, and keeping a few packets of Intelligent Drinking’s LAUNCH on your bedside table, will help you reclaim your mornings and enjoy those extra long summer days.
You Didn’t Eat
Studies have shown that eating before ingesting alcohol not only slows the rate of alcohol absorption into the bloodstream, but also lowers the maximum concentration of alcohol in your bloodstream. That means that if you take the time to eat before drinking, you will get drunk less quickly, and you will get less drunk from the same amount of alcohol.
If you know you have a long night, (or day) of drinking ahead of you, eating a full meal beforehand will go a long way towards making sure you don’t suffer the next morning.
You Forgot That Beer Is Not Water
It does not matter how low the ABV is, beer is not water. The number one culprit behind the classic hangover symptom is dehydration. Remember, alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you urinate more which only increases the rate at which your body becomes dehydrated.
Not only should you be drinking water before you go out, but you also should be drinking water while you’re out, and after you get back home. Honestly, the more water you consume the less likely you are to suffer a debilitating hangover after the party ends.
You Believed In The Hair Of The Dog
The “hair of the dog” hangover remedy is one of the oldest hangover cures out there. According to folklore, all you have to do to cure a hangover is to continue drinking the next morning. Unfortunately, calling it a cure is a bit misleading as it actually has been proven to make your hangover worse.
Yes, having a drink when you wake up may make you feel a bit better. However, that feeling is fleeting. The only reason continuing to drink makes you feel better is because it keeps you drunk! That means that all you are doing is pushing your hangover back, and since you are adding more alcohol to the equation, the hangover is going to be considerably worse when it finally does hit.
You Didn’t Sleep
Alcohol affects both the quantity of sleep you get, and the quality of that sleep. That’s double the bad news for your hangover. Sleep is an incredibly important time for your body. It’s when it repairs, learns and prepares to tackle the next day. A lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problem including headaches, nausea and irritability–all three of which are classic hangover symptoms.
While drinking is fun, it’s also incredibly hard on your body. That’s why it’s so important to get a good night of sleep after an alcohol-fueled night out. There’s a reason people tell drunks to “sleep it off”. Take that time-honored advice and set aside a solid eight hours of shut eye after a long night of drinking. Your body will thank you the next day.
You Drank To Quickly
Alcohol is toxic to the human body, most people just happen to enjoy the side effects of that toxicity. However, since the body views alcohol has a toxin, it needs time to process it! The average person takes roughly an hour to process a single serving of alcohol. Which is why, if you consume too much alcohol too quickly you’re going to pay for it. The human body simply can’t process that much alcohol that quickly.
Short of not drinking at all, there isn’t much you can do to avoid hangovers if you are a regular drinker, Luckily, there is a lot you can do to mitigate your hangover symptoms. Avoiding these common mistakes are a great first step.
If you really want to up your recovery game, you need to have Intelligent Drinking’s LAUNCH in your house at all times. LAUNCH is an all natural blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which fortify your body and help expel toxins through liver detoxification. Visit www.intelligentdrinking.com to learn more.