There are so many ways to offset the effects of alcohol and avoid a hangover, including having a big dinner before drinking, eating in between drinks, sticking to one type of alcohol and choosing light alcohol over dark. However, the best thing to do before, during and after drinking is to stay hydrated. Drinking water before and after consuming alcohol can prevent symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light, headaches, muscle aches, diarrhea and dizziness. Staying hydrated at all stages of alcohol consumption has huge benefits.
Pregame: Since 60% of our bodies are made up of water, it is important to hydrate whether you are drinking or not. However, drinking before you booze will strengthen your muscles, flush out other toxins and bacteria and help circulate nutrients in your body. If you already drink the recommended eight cups of water every day, consider drinking a few more if you know you are going to be drinking later.
Mid-game: Alcohol strips water from your body. While you are drinking, alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. You can also cut your drinks with water, making them less potent and reducing your chances of a hangover.
Post-game: After a night of drinking, consume several cups of water before going to bed. This will provide your body with essential fluids that have been taken from it by the alcohol and prevent it from stealing water from your brain (which causes headaches). Add in a sports drink to replace important electrolytes.
Legal Stuff: We should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).