Drinking on an empty stomach is a cheap way to get drunk, fast. Keeping your stomach free of obstacles to alcohol absorption is foolish and one of the worst ways to get too drunk. Not only will you be drunk, but you'll be weak too, and you will pay dearly in the morning for your stupidity.
Carbohydrates and proteins can slow down the rate of alcohol absorption, so eat a sandwich before you go out. Raw eggs, whole milk, yogurt and olive oil have all been suggested as good ways to dull the rush of the first few drinks. If you can stomach it, no pun intended, start your evening with a pair of fresh eggs and two tablespoons of olive oil. The things we do to drink!
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