The end of the year is upon us and if you are planning to do some serious partying, nothing is worse than waking up with hangovers the next day. Read on to find out seven ways to prevent hangovers so you can be in tip-top condition during this holiday season.
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It’s true, filling your tummy before you drink slows down your bloodstream’s absorption of alcohol. In particular, go for high-protein or wholegrain foods, which take longer to digest.
Drink a little, dance a little more
This is how Soﬁe Chandra, head of marketing and events at Zouk, paces her booze intake. “And always take a glass of water between drinks,” she adds. To nurse a hangover, she usually loads up on carbs and water (“gallons of it!”).
Need a more specific number for your water parade? Match every glass of wine you take (hopefully no more than two!) with an equal amount of water. When you’re dehydrated from alcohol, the tissues in the brain will shrink and cause headaches.
Have it on the rocks
The best way to have your alcohol is with ice, says Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian at Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants. Or turn that beer into a shandy, and your glass of wine into a spritzer. Diluting your drink with low-, preferably no-calorie mixers like diet soda doesn’t just slim it down; it also reduces its alcohol content so you’re less likely to get drunk, Jaclyn explains.
Two’s the limit
Any more and you up your risk of stroke, chronic diseases and death, warns the Health Promotion Board of Singapore. What counts as a single drink? It shouldn’t have more than 10g of alcohol. That’s about two-thirds a can of regular beer (220ml), a glass of wine (100ml), or a nip of liquor (30ml).
Check the alcohol content and pick a lighter-bodied wine. For instance, 11 to 12 per cent for white, and 12 to 13 per cent for red.
Check the label
Wines with added sulphur dioxide (sulphite) – usually for preservation – reportedly induce headaches in some people. Ask for low-sulphur wines, or opt for those with the organic or biodynamic labels.
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Text: Estelle Low and Yuen Yi Ying / Shape / April 2016