Alright Vietnamese! We are heading to TET, and preventing you from drinking whisky or vodka is impossible. So here is our guide to better, and safer drinking.
Before You Have A Drink
1. Commit to your exact limits.
Try this: Don't think about a pink elephant. Impossible, right? Similarly when you think, “I’m not going to get drunk,” it’s impossible to stop thinking about getting drunk.
So instead, focus on the positive by thinking, “I easily can only drink two drinks and lot's of water,” or whatever works best for you.
2. Prepare your reason to say NO.
No one can force you to drink except you. Say it explicitly
3. Prepare healthy pre-drink meal
You’ll feel the effects of drinking more if you haven’t eaten anything beforehand, since alcohol is absorbed from your stomach. Slow down the metabolism process by filling up with protein and high-fiber foods like asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.
When preparing your pre-drinking meal, ask, “Are there health-giving benefits to this product? Did it once live, grow or swim? Have ingredients been added to the original product?” Answering in the positive means your meal will likely be antioxidant-rich, which helps the liver.
1. Slow down
Drink slowly and aim to have no more than 5 drinks in three hours. To keep busy, focus on creating great conversation by asking ice-breakers.
2. Alternate drinks
For every alcoholic drink, order a glass of water with ice and fresh lime — it's an excellent source of Vitamin C and adding some flavor will likely help you drink more. You can also consider adding an effervescent electrolyte (you can pick them up at most drugstores) to further help prevent dehydration.
1. DON’T DRIVE. DON’T DRIVE. FOR GOD SHAKE DON’T DRIVE
2. Drink smoothie
A smoothie gives you bang for your buck: quick to make, convenient, nutritious, simple and tasty. Blend some coconut water (to help with hydration), protein powder, frozen berries and a handful of spinach.
After drinking, your body will be inflamed — so also consider spicing up your smoothie with these healing herbs and spices:
Cumin: It's used in traditional medicine to treat issues like indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness.
Cinnamon. One of the highest antioxidant-rich spices, cinnamon can help improve blood sugar levels.
Turmeric. Research shows that it's anti-inflammatory and can even protect the liver.
3. Eat Eggs
There's actually some sicence behind the idea of frying up some eggs the morning after: The amino acid, cysteine, contained in egg yolks assists your liver in breaking down acetaldehyde from alcohol.
So there you have it: simple and easy things to do before and after drinking. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of tips, just pick one or two to experiment with and find out what works best for you.