Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, and a time to celebrate. Thanksgiving dinner is not exactly the time to exercise extreme restraint regarding what you eat and drink, or you will end up spending the weekend being cranky.
That being said, however, it is also not a good idea to indulge indiscriminately and throw caution to the wind, so much so that whatever “good times” you had the night before would be replaced by a hangover the following day.
There are things you can do so that you can have your liquor – and drink it too (so to speak!) – over the holidays. A feature on WebMD shares a few.
First, you are encouraged to drink more – but not of alcohol, but good ole’ H2O. Jim Woodford, PhD, a forensic chemist whose specialization is drugs and alcohol, explains that a hangover is caused in part by the dehydration brought about by alcohol consumption. Each alcoholic beverage that a person consumes can cause the body to expel liquid of up to four times as much as the drink that one had.
New York City wine expert and author Anthony Giglio suggests a one-for-one ratio between alcoholic drinks and glasses of water – no ice.
Still related to adding water to your drink list, another tip to avoid a hangover is to go on-the-rocks. Giglio once again gave this tip; the ice melts into the drink as time passes, essentially diluting the beverage.
It is also suggested that one “take it slow” while drinking, since the body absorbs alcohol faster versus metabolizing it.