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Though abstinence has always been the surest way to avoid a head-pounding, sometimes debilitating hangover, it’s not always practical. Consider these tips, tall tales and worth-a-trIEs to make for a happier morning. By Gina Conroy Black outs. Drunk dialing. Hangovers. All are possible and unfortunate side effects of too much alcohol consumption. While the first two outcomes can be embarrassing or disastrous, hangovers, though dreaded, are generally expected by those who overindulge because your body metabolizes large quantities of alcohol like a poison. And ingesting poison is never a good idea. When consuming alcohol, your stomach and intestines become inflamed, your liver works overtime to expel the toxic intruder, and your brain chemistry goes out of whack, causing a hangover that makes you wish you would’ve volunteered to be the designated driver. Rachel Scott has been bartending at The Hunt Club for seven years and has seen it all. “How people process alcohol depends on their rate of consumption and their body mass,” says Scott. “Big men can drink more than small women.”

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If going dry makes you cry, consider these tips, tall tales and worth-a-tries to make for a happier morning so you can live to drink another day. Eat, then drink and be merry

Many people skip eating before binging so they can consume more alcohol, because, after all, a binge is all about more, not less. But if you forgo eating even a light meal, the alcohol enters your bloodstream full steam ahead, increasing the chance that the party train you just boarded might end up crashing into the next morning with a nasty hangover. “People who come from dinner with a full belly don’t get drunk as quickly,” says Scott.  That’s because eating, especially high-fat and protein foods, before drinking slows alcohol

absorption so you won’t get tipsy as quick. If your stomach and intestines are busy working on that pepperoni pizza or burger, the alcohol has to wait its turn to enter the bloodstream. Less alcohol, less drunk, which can help you be less hung over the next day. If you’re health conscious, you can indulge in fatty fish like salmon, albacore tuna and even sardines instead of a burger and fries. Pair that with a salad with olive oil dressing or an avocado, and you’re ready to imbibe. Take vitamins

Metabolizing (breaking down) alcohol stresses even the healthiest body by depleting it of essential vitamins needed to recover from alcohol consumption. Extra immune support from B complex vitamins and multivitamins before a night of indulgence can reduce stress and make for an easier recovery.

April 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 4)  

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April 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 4)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...