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Avoid These Foods Before A Night Of Boozing

No, a heavy night doesn't have to end up with your head down the toilet.

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It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s time to unwind with a good book, a lot of sleep, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, and a couple of sweaty sessions at the gym.

And, you know, a really crazy night out. An evening of drinking sure sounds like a good time, but doing it on an empty stomach — or one filled with the wrong food – can make for an unpleasant night.

If experience has taught us anything, it’s that drinking without eating is decidedly a bad idea. Food won’t ‘mop up’ the alcohol in your stomach, but it’ll most certainly reduce the speed at which it enters your blood stream. You see, your stomach has to absorb the nutrients from your food, as well as the alcohol.

If you’re trying to eat the best meal possible before a heavy drinking session, consider avoiding the following:

1. Salad

How many times has your conscience suggested you reach for a salad instead of a juicy hamburger? Well, this is the exception. While leafy greens are good for your body in many ways, eating a simple salad is pretty much the same as going without food. Make sure you include some form of protein into the dish like beef, which takes longer to digest. It will also slow the rise of your blood alcohol level.

2. Sugar

Whether it’s ice cream, cake or chocolate, avoid any sweets.  They can negatively affect blood sugar levels that are already impacted by alcohol. These delicious treats also make post-drinking symptoms more extreme.

3. Sushi

It may sound like the perfect, guilt-free way to start your evening, but sushi is not your friend before a night of boozing. Aside from the fact that raw fish and shots of vodka don’t sound delish, you’re more than likely dunking your crunchy tuna roll in lots of soy sauce. Packed with salt, soy sauce speeds up your dehydration levels leading you to a painful, nasty hangover.

4. Salty Snacks

One of the worst things alcohol does to your body is dehydration. So, when you snack on treats like greasy fries, popcorn, chips and fried cassava (which are notorious for drying your mouth), you’re getting a head start on the problem. Unless you gulp down a glass of water between pints, you’ll find yourself hungover the next morning.

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