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How to secretly ask for water when you are drinking alcohol

Updated on December 11, 2011

We all know that it helps to drink water when you are drinking alcohol to neutralize the effects of alcohol. In fact, some people recommend a glass of water for every glass of alcohol you drink. Most of us do not wish to practice this tip for obvious reasons; you do not want to laughed at by your company of friends, and you will be running to the bathroom every now and then.

Drinking water during a night of drinking helps us to hydrate ourselves, and helps to replenish lost fluids, so it is a good idea to ask for water whenever we can.


It is possible to ask for more water when drinking alcohol subtlety, and it is not that difficult to do so. Read this article to find out how!

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Tips to ask for water when drinking alcohol

1. Ask for water away from your company of friends.

This is easy to do so. Take a little walk around the bar or club. It is fairly easy to practice this in a club as it is bigger and noisier, and your company wouldn't even notice that you're gone. You can also say you're heading to the bathroom. Make a pit stop at the bar counter to ask for a glass of water and the bartender is usually quick to oblige. Drink the glass of water immediately, leave the glass there and head back to your group.

2. Ask your friend to get you a glass of water.

This tip is easy especially for the ladies. Sometimes, your guy friends will ask you if you need a glass of water even if you don't request for one. Let him know that you are feeling a little dehydrated and if he minds getting you some water. A great smile will send them running to the bar counter to get your water for you. If you are with a group of girls, get the water yourself using the first tip; unless you are not feeling too well, in this case you can ask your lady friend to get one for you.

3. Get a bottle of water as your mixer if you are drinking liquor.

When you are drinking liquor such as whiskey or vodka, there will usually be mixers to go along unless you are drinking neat. Your friends may ask for mixers such as coke, sprite or green tea. Try to get a bottle of plain water as the mixer. You can use this to mix with the liquor or to drink it by itself, and plain water is usually free. After every few rounds of drinks, pour pure drinking water into your glass and drink it down to hydrate yourself. You can also add in a few ice cubes if you prefer.

4. Ask the waiter for a glass of water for everyone.

Your friends will be more than happy to drink this, and if you have friends who do not wish to drink the water, you can keep it for yourself and this will increase your water intake. Repeat with tip 1 and 2 if you need more water.

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Does drinking water really helps?

Yes! Water definitely helps you to replenish lost fluids as alcohol makes you dehydrated. This explains why you experience a dry mouth and a hangover the next day when you had a drinking session the night before. The top cause of this is usually dehydration, and drinking enough water will help you to prevent a nasty hangover the next day. For more tips on how to prevent hangovers, read my previous article here.

Remember to drink within your limit and keep it slow and steady. Have a few glasses of water during your drinking session to keep yourself hydrated. Your body will thank you for it. Cheers!

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      Sidney Raphael 3 years ago

      You all know why WC Fields never drank water, don't you? He was a very famous American comedian of the middle 20th century. And a notorious alcoholic.

      He didn't drink water because, as he said, "Fish f--- in it."

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      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This was very interesting, although I have a feeling that most people would think that they could get water at home and probably wouldn't think of drinking water at a nightclub or bar unless they were the kind of person who just didn't drink alcohol.

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      Amber Allen 5 years ago

      Hi kaitlincolee

      I think that most of us probably don't drink as much water as we should. I liked your tip about making a pit stop at the bar to get yourself a drink of water.

      Amber:)