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Ten common drinking mistakes everyone makes

If you drink tequila shots,  sip your cocktail from a straw and fill your wine glass to the top, your drinking habits leave a lot to be desired. 

And those who pop a painkiller as a pre-emptive measure before a heavy night out might be surprised to hear that it really doesn’t make a difference.

In fact, even the hair of the dog won’t help alleviate your suffering – the only thing that will make you feel better is plenty of water, and rest.

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The high you get from something like a vodka and Red Bull (left) is down to caffeine and sugar.  Drinking from a straw (right) does not give you a quicker buzz

Guzzling energy drink cocktails to get drunk

The high you get from something like a vodka and Red Bull may make you feel tipsy but it’s actually a sugar and caffeine rush you’re experiencing. The caffeine in the drink will make you feel alert, combating the soporific effect that alcohol usually has, which then makes you drink more.

Drinking wine as soon as it’s poured

Always swirl and sniff your wine as the aroma of the drink will enhance your enjoyment of it. Karen McNeil, author of The Wine Bible says that when wine is swirled, molecules of oxygen mix with the wine, causing the flavours to open up.

Eating a heavy meal before a night out to stop getting drunk

Yes, it might take longer to get drunk but it won’t actually stop you from getting drunk. A stomach full of food delays alcohol absorption, but eventually your tummy will be empty and alcohol will affect you in the same way it usually does.

Drinking through a straw for a quicker buzz

This depends on how quickly you drink and the type of glass you drink from, not the method of drinking. A study conducted by Cornell University found that drinks served in short, stout tumblers contained at least 20 to 30 per cent more alcohol than drinks served in tall and thin glasses.

Leaving an open bottle of wine on the kitchen counter

Always store unfinished  wine in the fridge. The cold acts as a preservative and stops wine from spoiling. An re-corked bottle left in the fridge will be drinkable for up to three days after it has been opened. 

DRINKING MYTHS: FACT V FICTION  

FACT

Eat before you start drinking: food in your stomach – especially carbs and starch such as pasta and bananas – slows down the absorption of alcohol into your blood.

FACT

Don’t drink dark liquors such as red wine, brandy or whiskey, which have higher concentrations of congeners, chemicals that are toxic to the body. 

FICTION

Eat fatty foods: alcohol causes blood sugar to fall, which tricks your body into thinking it needs calories. We crave fatty foods as they are the most concentrated form of energy, but they don’t make us feel better.

FACT

Don’t mix drinks, because you will only end up drinking more. 

FICTION

Eat before bedtime: this will not absorb all the booze. 

FICTION

Hair-of-the-dog: there’s no evidence that having another alcoholic drink in the morning reduces the symptoms of a hangover. More likely, it is just a temporary effect that postpones the effects of a hangover. 

FACT

Eggs may have a beneficial effect on reducing the effects of a hangover because they contain an amino acid called cysteine which breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde, produced by too much alcohol consumption. 

FACT 

Get some fresh air: Walk home with friends as exercise helps increases the metabolism of alcohol.

FACT

Avoid eating spicy foods – such as a curry or kebab – after drinking as they may upset your stomach. 

FICTION

Take an Asprin while you drink: this will not lessen the headache – though taking one the next day, about an hour before you need to be functional, should help. 

FICTION 

Drink water the morning after: this will not help flush out the alcohol. It will of course help, but it is much more important to drink water while you are actually drinking alcohol. 

FACT

Follow every drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated, and drink plenty of water before you go to bed. 

FACT

If you overindulge at a party, avoid alcohol for 48 hours afterwards

FACT

Vitamin B is your friend. Eat a bowl of cereal and milk, topped with a banana to replenish lost potassium, or a gentle pro-biotic drink. 

FICTION

Mixing drinks does not affect your hangover directly, it is just that if you are mixing spirits, wine, shots and beer you will be drinking more than if you stick to one type

Fuente: dailymail.co.uk

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