There is a common denominator to what too many people are doing this time of the year – drink too much.
We know it’s “that time of the year”, what with parties with open bars, dinners with family and friends where wine is continuously flowing, and fun-filled nights out with friends.
We all wish we could drink to our heart’s content without any consequences, but that’s just not the way it works.
A recent article in Metro International magazine pointed to something Dr. George F. Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recently said: “There’s no free ride in the brain; if something makes you feel good, it’s going to make you feel lousy later when it wears off.”
Koob’s general advice: moderation, pacing yourself and knowing your limits.
The article goes on to provide some practical tips to manage those times when you forget your limits. They include: Remember three little words - Hydration, hydration, hydration. Koob recommends drinking plenty of water alongside your alcoholic beverages, or as “drink spacers” in between cocktails — which will also help you with pacing.
Also, remember not to drink on an empty stomach, which can increase the rate of intoxication. And make sure you’re not mixing alcohol with prescription drugs, like antidepressants, which may lower your tolerance.
And if you did happen to overdo? “A hangover is basically a mini withdrawal syndrome,” Koob explains. In the short term, that bloody Mary at brunch might give you the illusion of feeling better— by getting you temporarily drunk again — but it will only make your hangover worse later in the day.
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