I tend to be known in my group of friends as “the girl who can drink.” My bartenders know me by name (and even have my phone number) and my friends long ago gave up trying to keep up with me. For years I would hear the phrase “Oh to be young again…” and wonder what people were talking about. Then I turned 25, and slowly, the hangovers began to creep up on me. Gone were the days that I could go to Vegas and drink from lunch until sunrise and not feel the effects the next morning. I’ve since picked up a few simple guidelines that have allowed me to enjoy a long night out without the typical consequences the next day.
Half of the misery of a hangover is the dehydration. You literally feel like a dried up prune the next day, and so do all of your muscles. The simplest way to avoid this is to drink a glass of water between every drink. Or, if you find yourself in a club setting, eat the ice cubes out of your cocktail before getting a refill! Your body will thank you in the morning.
Take it Slow
This can be hard to do if the drink is super fruity and being served through a straw, but remember that it usually takes about 30 minutes to feel the effects of alcohol. If you’re finishing more than one drink in a 30 minute time period, grab that glass of water and wait for it to catch up to you. I’ve also found that asking the bartender to make my drink a little stronger prevents me from finishing it too quickly.
Pick a Drink
It hasn’t taken me long to determine what I like and don’t like. I’m a simple gal: Merlot or Bourbon. Whatever your alcohol of choice is, I suggest you decide before heading out, and stick to it. If you’re going to do a mixed drink with multiple liquors in it, drink that one drink the whole night. I don’t care how many myth buster articles tell you otherwise, the worst hangovers always occur when you decide to jump from wine, to tequila to rum. Don’t. Mix. Your. Alcohols!
Skip the Well Vodka
Personally my advice would be to skip the vodka all together, cause shit tastes like nail polish remover, BUT the point is that when you ask “what is the difference between well and top shelf” it’s more than just the price. As a general rule, the higher the price, the higher the quality. Top shelf liquors are generally better filtered to remove the toxins and impurities that remain in the cheaper alcohols. Love yourself, pay more!
Give in to Your Cravings
You know half way though the night when you want to eat mozzarella sticks, french fries, buffalo wings, AND nachos? All of them? Do it! And then afterwards, have your Uber drop you at Denny’s for some pancakes. Soaking up the alcohol is never a bad idea, and if it doesn’t work, just think of the montage of flavors you’ll get to relive while purging them into the toilet half way through the night! Sorry, I had to…