I like waking up without a hangover. Don't you? My usual approach to avoiding a hangover is to not drink like an out-of-control 18-year-old during sorority pledge week. Works like a charm! But I've also always assumed that if you drink the hard stuff -- vodka, gin, scotch -- you're much more likely to wake up with a pounding head than if you stick with the "softer" stuff like wine and beer.
Turns out I'm only half right. And the popular wisdom that mixing drinks will make your hangover worse can be defied. Keep reading to find out how!
It turns out the hangover/not hangover split isn't about hard alcohol. It's about dark alcohol. Darker drinks like red wine, brandy, whiskey, and tequila have more congeners -- the toxin most responsible for hangover symptoms.
Lighter drinks like white wine, vodka, and gin are lower in congeners. But don't go crazy with sparkling wines and light beers. Even if they're clear-ish, the carbonation will cause you to absorb the alcohol faster.
Different kinds of drinks have different kinds of congeners, which is why mixing can mess you up so much. But guess what you can drink alongside any alcoholic beverage?
Yeah, I know. What fun is that? But it works. Why?
1. It re-hydrates you. One of the causes of hangover symptoms is dehydration.
2. It fills you up and leaves less room in your belly for beer -- well at any rate, it'll slow down your drinking.
So now that you know you can give your friends a little quiz on which drinks are more likely to cause a hangover -- and you can make them buy you a drink if they answer wrong! Or maybe that's not such a good idea after all?
What's your anti-hangover strategy?
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