Posted by Nicole on March 4, 2014
of the most common tips for avoiding, or fighting, a hangover is to drink
plenty of water. We already know that we should drink water during our regular,
day to day activities. The amount of water that you need to drink can differ
depending on your level of activity, your weight and height, and your
predisposition to certain conditions that may require you to drink more.
People who are dieting, living in different altitudes and
temperature zones, and a host of other concerns can all influence just how much
water you need to drink. Throw alcohol into the mix, and it can really up your
knowledge is all well and good, but what are some easier ways to get water into
your night out? We'll review a few different ideas that you may find useful to
incorporate into your next drinking session. The key is to form practical
habits that are easy to remember, because the more that you drink, the less
likely you are to stick to anything too complicated.
1. Put Ice in
may not be part of your usual drink preferences, but putting a few cubes of ice
into your drink has some small, but noticeable, benefits. The first is that ice
actually limits the amount of alcohol that you can drink down in a single gulp.
As a physical way to pace yourself, it can usually help you to better measure
your drink intake as compared to how much water you have. In addition, when you
shake a drink with ice, the collision of ice cubes releases tiny ice slivers
that will also add more water content to the drink without necessarily watering
down the flavor.
2. Avoid Beer
may not be welcome news to those who enjoy beer, but filling up on a glass of
ale can make you feel too full to actually keep pace with water. You will
urinate more frequently, as there will be more liquid in your system. If you're
only drinking two or three beers in a night, then this isn't much of a concern.
If you're planning to drink a six pack as your “starter,” then you're well on
your way to being dehydrated. This also goes for malt beverages.
3. Add Water to Your Liquor
On average, you want to drink eight ounces or more of
water per “shot”, or two ounces, of alcohol that you drink. One way to actually
get more water in with your average amount of alcohol is to drink it with water
added. Soda and tonic water count. A splash of water can help to mellow out
certain spirits, like whiskey, without compromising their flavor or effect.
Like ice, adding water can also help you to pace your shots. With different
types of water, such as flavored seltzer, you can even add in a unique flavor
profile to a spirit like vodka without unnecessary sugars or aspartame being
thrown into the mix.