With Christmas 2014 and New Years celebrations to bring in 2015 coming up, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a drinking guide so that you can enjoy your holidays to the max and not spend the month of January (trying to) recover.
We’ve broken the guide down into five parts, make sure you leave a comment below, or get in touch on twitter, if you have any additional tips that have worked well for getting you through the heavy drinking that comes with the holiday period (and the nasty hangovers that follow).
1. Choose your drink wisely
I’ll refer to the advice of one of my unnoffical mentors here, Dave Asprey from the Bulletproof Executive:
There is a way to have a drink – or a few – on occasion without harming yourself or even feeling the bad effects. You can even enjoy the buzz safely. I believe it’s optimal from a health perspective to not drink, but from a fun perspective, having a few drinks is relatively harmless.
… [You can] use biohacking to enjoy alcohol without many side effects (you know, things like cancer, aging, and hangovers). And to celebrate the holidays, here’s an infographic that distills (ahem) all I know about alcohol, metabolism, and toxins into practical advice you can use.
Here’s the infographic (click to enlarge):
2. Stock up on Sobur hangover cure in advance
This one’s pretty simple, make sure you have enough Sobur hangover cure pills to last you the entire holiday period. When all of your friends are complaining about how bad their head hurts on new years day, you can be getting a jump start on your New Year!
3. Wine before beer and you’ll feel queer: debunking drinking order myths
Ok, random info time… the “wine before beer’ quote actually originates from the german saying:
“Bier auf Wein lass es sein, Wein auf Bier dass rate ich Dir”
Which translates (literally) to:
“Beer after wine, better not; Wine after Beer, that I recommend to you.”
Let’s not forget the old english version:
‘The oak before the ash and we’ll surely have a splash; the ash before the oak and we’ll surely have a soak.”
But, seeing as none of these quips are easy to remember, here’s the official Sobur recommendation on ‘drinking order’:
Beer before liquor, never sicker, liquor before beer, never fear
The validity that we see behind the proverb is that it’s easier on your body to absorb weaker alcoholic drinks, like beer, later in the evening. While not scientific in the least, this probably holds some merit.
It is true that your body tends to process alcohol from carbonated drinks faster. But any piece of advice regarding alcohol consumption that contains the line “never fear” is, obviously, pretty suspect.
Hangovers are thought to be exacerbated by congeners, which are the chemical compounds responsible for the taste and colour of various types of alcohol. Darker drinks, like whiskies and red wines, tend to have more congeners. So, lighter coloured drinks like white wine, vodka, and gin could help those eager to avoid a headache.
The unfortunate truth, however, is that if you drink enough of anything — you’ll be hurting! That’s where Sobur comes in 🙂
4. Stay hydrated (with water, not alcohol)
As you probably know: Alcohol is a diuretic. That means that it makes you urinate and flushes fluids from the body. Common post drinking activities like drinking coffee only makes matters worse, because coffee is also a diuretic.
The dehydration caused by alcohol and coffee can be minimized by drinking plenty of water. Drink plenty of H2O before you start drinking, while you’re drinking (we suggest 1 glass of water for every bevvie downed) and after drinking (ideally, drink lots alongside your Sobur Hangover Cure Pills 😉 )
A headache is the clearest symptom of dehydration, as the brain muscle shrinks due when your body has low on water levels. Most headaches can be easily banished with plenty of water (try some pain relievers if it’s bad, but be careful if taking pain killers after consuming alcohol).
5. Schedule some down time – you deserve it!
Try to remember, it’s the holiday season! So take some time off, recover from the hard work and reflect on the past year. I like to spend 3-4 days every holiday period just listing things I’m grateful for over the past year, and setting goals for the upcoming year (the bigger and grander, the better in my opinion!).
Have You Heard About The “Miracle Hangover Cure” that Wired magazine, New Scientist and the NY Post are all talking about?
It’s called Dihydromyricetin and it will change the way you consume alcohol for ever! Sobur, our hangover cure supplement, uses dihydromyricetin (read more about Dihydromyricetin here) as our key ingredient, along with several other essential ingredients that replenish & restore key vitamins and minerals the body looses when you drink alcohol.