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Never Drink on an Empty Stomach

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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  • Snooth User: Leah Mansback
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    Pretty good tips here GDP. I will always remember to hydrate, bro.

    Dec 08, 2011 at 10:18 AM


  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Love the post. Notes taken, I am planning on eating lots before (and during) the festivities and alternating drinks with seltzer water :-) Happy Holidays.

    Dec 08, 2011 at 10:21 AM


  • Snooth User: madmanny
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    To hydrate is great!!! Several years ago we went to an Eastern European restautant in Queens called Transylvania. With every bottle of wine they brought to the table, they also brought a bottle of seltzer. We finally asked, "Why all the seltzer?" The waitress said that as long as we drank as much seltzer as wine, we'd have no problems in the AM. While I definitely lost track of just how many bottles we went through, there was no price to pay in the morning. HYDRATE.

    Dec 08, 2011 at 12:45 PM


  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    good to know it works, thanks Mad Manny!

    Dec 08, 2011 at 5:21 PM


  • We've found a 'fail-safe' way to avoid the dangers inherent in any major cocktail party where the booze is flowing all-too-freely is to tell the host/hostess/bartender that "We're 'Designated Drivers" ... (even if we're not). We can then enjoy the party on our own terms 'alcohol-wise'.

    Also, starting with a big glass of seltzer water with a slice of lemon or lime is another easy way to 'stay safe' while still having 'glass in hand'.

    Dec 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM


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