Holiday Party Survival Guide

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Don't Do It

Don't have that last drink. Start sobering up with a non-alcoholic drink as soon as having a
"last drink" starts sounding like a good idea. How many times have you woken up just to realize that you had one too many? That is world class rationalization, you had many too many, but it is within the realm of possibility that the last drink tipped you over some imaginary line between responsible drinker and lush.

Look, at the end of the night you're already full of booze. Your judgment, what little you have, is horribly compromised. You're about to pass out. Why push more alcohol into a system that's full already, especially when you won't even be awake to enjoy it? No, now is the time when adults, like those guys in Viagra commercials, start planning for the next phase of being a prepared drinker, the dreaded hangover!

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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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