Day drinking is a good ole worldwide pastime. But some people just don’t do it right. They forget to pace themselves and make rookie mistakes. Here is a guide to making the most out of day drinking, while managing to go home without a single regret.
Take it easy the night before: if you spend the night before gallivanting, getting trashed, and staying out till 4 am, then you will not make it the following day. Sure, people sometimes say the best cure to a hangover is more alcohol, but no. Just don’t do it. Want the “hair of the dog” myth debunked? Read why experts advise to stay away from more alcohol the morning after.
Eat a hearty breakfast: whether you are brunching with your friends before or just eating at home before your big day, make sure it is a hearty breakfast. It is best to eat complex carbohydrates and fats before a big day of drinking, because these foods make your body absorb alcohol slower. But, it won’t soak up the alcohol; it’ll just keep you from getting incredibly drunk right away. We recommend loading up on bacon, eggs, home fries, and biscuits. Just make sure you eat a full meal so you will be ready to take on the day.
Stay away from the bubbles: like to drink bottomless mimosas at brunch, or start the day with a little bit of bubbles in that OJ? Well, that might not be the best idea. Although OJ is great for you, and even champagne has been proven to improve short term memory, bubbles and other carbonated drinks enter your blood stream faster, thus maybe not the best choice if you’re trying to make it an entire day. Ever heard of a Man-mosa? Here you swap the bubbly for beer and vodka (like a man). This dangerous (and delicious) concoction of Blue Moon and vodka should be reserved for brunch, not full days of drinking.
Skip mixed drinks and hard liquor: you think bubbles are bad, try drinking liquor in the heat and last till the end of the day. The only way to survive a day of drinking is to stick to beer. It takes longer to drink and has less alcohol, so you won’t have a couple glasses of whisky and feel disgusting an hour later. The best way to do it is to drink beer with an ABV of 5.5 or lower, so try lighter beers like pilsners and APAs.
Drink lots of water: Ever noticed those long bathroom lines at bars? Ever noticed that you have to pee a lot when you’ve been out drinking? Well, that’s because alcohol is a diuretic, and peeing a lot after drinking only booze can lead to dehydration. When drinking alcohol, make sure you are drinking a lot of water, especially if you are outdoors. Every time you order a drink, try drinking a full glass of water. Sure, maybe you’ll have to pee even more frequently, but you’ll know it’s because you are properly hydrated. Also, by drinking all this water, you will pace yourself more. If you are just pounding beers all day in the heat, you could end up embarrassing yourself or worse, in the hospital for severe dehydration.
Take breaks from the sun: as previously mentioned you need a lot of water when you drink. You probably know this, but you also need a lot of water when you’re out in the sun all day. Being hot obviously makes you thirsty and sweaty, and you need a lot of water to keep yourself going. Now, combine heat with alcohol, and you’ve got yourself a not so great combination. Not only will you need to drink a lot of water, but you should definitely try and find some shade every once in a while.
So, follow these steps, and make sure you drink even more water before you go to bed. Enjoy your day, but follow these steps any time you day drink, no matter the occasion. If you do end up with a hangover? Check out our 5 Tricks to Hangovers.