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There are many false ideas floating around about how to avoid getting drunk on a boozy bender or how to dodge the dreaded hangover in the morning. Well enough is enough. It is time to bust these myths once and for all.

MYTH 1: Eating a big meal before you go out will stop you getting drunk

This is one big whopper of the boozing world. A common phrase heard in university halls is ‘eating’s cheating’, referring to the fact that you can get drunker if you skip dinner. This isn’t necessarily true. While eating a big meal will delay the rate of alcohol absorption, it will not prevent you from getting drunk.

Despite this, it is still important to eat a carbohydrate and protein rich dinner before that big night so you feel the effects of the alcohol more slowly and can stay in control of your sobriety.Getting intoxicated on one glass of wine isn’t impressive; neither is being the friend who has to be taken home early because they are vomiting in the toilets.

MYTH 2: Mixing your alcohol will get you more drunk

Another false fib! Mixing sprits with wine and beer will not get you trollied. It is your blood alcohol content that determines how intoxicated you are and not the variety of beverages you down.

So feel free to mix your bevvys but beware! Some drinks can cause worse hangovers. Dark coloured tipples contain more of a natural chemical called congeners. These irritate your delicate blood vessels and brain tissues and can cause a horrific hangover.

MYTH 3: Beer gets you less drunk

No, beer is not always the lighter option for drinkers. An average pint of beer, large glass of wine or a double vodka will all have around 2.8 units of alcohol. So don’t think that by drinking pints on a night out will prevent you from embarrassing yourself on the dance floor. Beers can get you just as smashed other drinks.

So here are some top tips to remember on a night out.

1. Eat a hearty meal before, carbs are a must!

2. Watch your alcohol unit intake, as beers and cider can be just as alcoholic as spirit mixers.

3. Make sure to drink responsibly but still remember to have fun!

Sources

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Hangovers.aspx

10863 Published January 2013

 

Review Scheduled January 2014

 

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