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A Few Tips to Avoid the Hang-Over.
Is it Really Worth IT!??
The Miseries of Over-Indulging
When I was a young man - and right up to when I wasn't really young any more - I drank too much. I loved being high on booze: the social ease it gave me; the fun I milked out of every second at the bars or night-clubs. My companions were idiots, too, all heavy drinkers, blokes and babes,; we never listened to any words of caution, either from without or within. We were indestructible and the party went on all the time.
It was nonsense, of course and it costs me four marriages, several small fortunes, episodes at her majesty's pleasure, fights, scars and all the other trauma that regular and excessive use of this dangerous and addictive drug can bring to those psychologically ill- adapted to deal with its effects.
But the worst of all were the hangovers, the crudos (Sp.) that arrived the next day after all the fun of the drunken revelry had finished and the participants had gone home to suffer, too.
Throughout history learned men have been preoccupied in how to cure themselves and others of this miserable malaise. Today, in 2010, the subject has been studied by the medical profession, which recommends the following to those who can't live without regularly drinking too much alcohol: far too many, apparently, in the United Kingdom today. I wish I had this information back when I was 20. If there is any one thing I respect the Islam religion for, it is for the control it imposes on its peoples where drug taking of any sort is concerned.
Number one is. "Don't drink on an empty stomach. Give your body a chance to absorb those first heavy shots of beer or spirits - especially the latter. Don't begin drinking before lunch or dinner, but a little during - wine - and any following libations, after. For those who drink before breakfast, I suggest making sure your will is up to date and don't bother with the rest of this article.
Rule two. Water, water, water! Much of the misery, headaches and stomach upset, not to mention the ease of getting pissed, is caused by the fact that alcohol is a diuretic and dehydrates your system quite fast. In fact, you may loose as much as four times the amount of liquid in the urine as the amount of alcohol you imbibe. Drink a glass of water after EACH shot of booze and keep water by your bed to sip as you wake up at night, groaning, "Oh, no, I didn't do it again!"
Rule three. Remember (while you can) that ice is actually water so drinks with ice in become diluted and help to lessen the dehydration problem. Depending on your weight, age, sex and so on, it takes the body about one hour to fully metabolize a one-shot of booze, so sip, don't guzzle...only you thinks you are more charming when you are legless; to the sober elements around you, you are an ugly, frightening slob to be avoided fast. If you can time yourself to one drink ever hour, you will probably never have a drink problem, become intoxicated or get a hangover. And that doesn't mean you can top up a pint glass with booze and call it one drink! It's only yourself you are hurting!
Rule five. Drinks with gas in - carbonated - tend to help alcohol become absorbed into your system, so avoid them, the Cuba Libres (rum and coke) etc. As well as filling your system with too much sugar. Plain water and ice or real fruit juices are better, but be careful, fruit juice can hide the strength of your tipple...until it tipples 'ya over.
Rule six. Here's one I had never heard before: Congeners. These are the chemicals added to enhance smell, colour and taste, and they also add to the degree of your hangover. They are generally more prevalent in colored beverages, such as Bourbon, and less in clear drinks, such as Vodka.
The other neat fact, of course, is that the more expensive your alcoholic beverage is, the less congeners it has in it, so, spend more, suffer less! The wealthy always win-out don't they?
Rule seven. The more popular you are, the less drunk you will be likely to get. Why? Because you will be at a dinner party, eating and talking and then dancing. You won't be sitting bellied-up to some scraggy bar with a lot of other losers, pouring them down one after another, or, worse, pouring them down at home reminiscing about the man/woman you used to be...
Shadows hang over (ahem) me as I write these few sad words. Booze (and fags) is really a terrible thing and hard to control for many of us. I never have smoked, and quit getting drunk some years ago, but still have a glass of whisky some nights or a wine or two at the occasional dinner. But the enthusiasm has gone for getting legless and being a nuisance...I just wish I had learned sooner.
Happy (and a sober ) Christmas.