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How to Hold Your Liquor

Updated on March 4, 2012

This should really be a dating tip, as a drunk man is very much a turn off, but instead I'm simply offering it as a public service announcement. (And yes, I realize women could benefit from learning to do the same -- but men don't seem quite so put off by a drunk woman as women are put off by drunk men.) But that's not the only reason you should want to handle your liquor; you want to make sure you're not drunk when you get behind the wheel to drive, as the consequences of such pairings can be disastrous. So, if you want to survive the evening in good form and if you don't want to make an arse of yourself in front of your mates, follow these tips and learn how to hold your liquor like the big boys.

1. Eat something.

Eat something before you start drinking. Something proper, I mean, not just a few chips. Drinking on an empty stomach virtually gives the alcohol a green light to head straight for your bloodstream and this is what leads to all sorts of drunken stupidness. Eat some pizza before going out to drink with your mates and you will keep that alcohol under far better control (and a man in control is always a sexy thing.)

2. Do not mix your drinks up.

Ever heard the saying, "Beer before liquor, never sicker?" I speak from personal experience when I tell you it's true. If you're going to drink beer, drink beer. If you're going to drink tequila, drink tequila. Don't order something new every time you drink. If you really have difficulty holding your drink, stick to beer as it takes longer to take effect. And if you drink hard liquor, be sure to read the next point.

3. Do not act stupid.

Do not down multiple shots unless you want to look like an arse when you wind up falling down drunk. Party games and drinking games may seem fun at the time, but you will not be in the party spirit later on when your face is in the toilet. If you're doing to drink, pace yourself. If you know you've got a low tolerance, one beer or one drink per hour should do it. If you need to drink more than that, do so with caution. And if you need to drink several every hour just to get buzzed, you've got more pressing issues, mate!

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