Getting intoxicated once in a while isn’t necessarily a problem. However, you need to realize when you take it too far. Drinking too much in front of your boss can ruin your career. Getting drunk before you get in front of the wheel can destroy your life. You should always be aware of how alcohol is going to affect you and make sure you don’t get more intoxicated than the situation permits.
You probably have friends who have made poor decisions while drinking. You might have made similarly poor decisions yourself. Many people who have been in these situations are convinced that they need to reduce the amount of alcohol they consume. It is a good idea to know your limits. However, the quantity of alcohol you drink may not be the only factor you should take into consideration.
Make sure you are aware of other things you need to do to reduce the impact that alcohol will have on your body. Taking the following precautions can help you reduce the impact alcohol will have on your body.
Don’t Drink On An Empty Stomach
You’ve probably already heard that you shouldn’t drink on an empty stomach. What you might be aware of is how much eating can reduce the impact alcohol has on your body. A team of researchers in Sweden have found that eating a meal before drinking alcohol can reduce your blood alcohol levels by a third.
In many cases, eating might be enough to reduce your blood alcohol level to keep you from becoming legally intoxicated.
Keep Yourself Properly Hydrated
Making sure that you are well hydrated is also essential to staying properly hydrated. Drinking alcohol suppresses the production of vasopressin, which is a key hormone in helping your body absorb water. As a result, you start to feel dehydrated after you are drinking.
Once you start getting dehydrated, your body has less fluids to help flush out the remaining alcohol. This makes you more likely for you to get drunk. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids before and after you consume alcohol. As a rule of thumb, try to drink at least one glass of water for every beer or shot you take.
Be Mindful of Your Tolerance
Never get overestimate your ability to tolerate alcohol. Maybe you were able to drink a Jager bomb and not feel anything three months ago. If you stopped drinking for a while it is going to hit you a lot harder.
Be mindful of how much you’ve been drinking recently. Don’t try to keep up with what you were able to drink last year or even a couple months ago. You are better off drinking slowly and seeing how the alcohol affects your system.
You also need to be mindful of how your tolerance changes over time. You might be able to build your tolerance up again, but don’t expect yourself to be able to drink as much when you are 35 as you did when you were 21.
Kalen Smith writes about health and addiction treatment. If you have had an alcohol problem in your past, Kalen finds the article “How to Avoid a Relapse After Rehab” a good reference tool to prevent further issues.