Posted Wednesday, July 4th 2012 @ 8am
How to Drink All Day and Not Pass Out
Let's face it...you're going to be drinking all day - Last thing you want to do is pass out at the 4th of July party!
Here is how alcohol is metabolized. According to the National Institutes of Health:
After alcohol is swallowed, it is absorbed primarily from the small intestine into the veins that collect blood from the stomach and bowels and from the portal vein, which leads to the liver. From there it is carried to the liver, where it is exposed to enzymes and metabolized... BAC [Blood-Alcohol Content] is influenced by environmental factors (such as the rate of alcohol drinking, the presence of food in the stomach, and the type of alcoholic beverage) and genetic factors (variations in the principal alcohol-metabolizing enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase [ADH] and aldehyde dehydrogenase [ALDH2]).
You are literally slowly poisoning yourself all day and seeing how long you can take it. - Listen to your body when it says: "Just gimme another 15 minutes. I'm still working on that last one," in which case, game on. Respect those messages, though, and do your best to listen for them.
Maximum Volume, Minimum Impact
ABV (alcohol by volume) is critical here. The lower the better. Sipping beer is good idea - no chugging! Taking a shot of whiskey is not good.l
This is absolutely essential. Drinking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster. Try to avoid super salty snacks, though, because that may dehydrate you.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more, which can lead to dehydration (one of the major causes of getting sick from drinking, and also of hangovers). Water is your friend. Definitely drink as much water as you can before you go to sleep.
When you're tired, thinking clearly is more difficult. Extreme tiredness = pass out = you lose. If you know you're in for a long day of drinking, get as much sleep as possible the night before.
Heat and alcohol are a very bad combination. The U.S. Army agrees, that alcohol "raises the body's blood pressure, increasing the risk of a heat-related illness like hyperthermia (over heating) and heat stroke (especially for people with high blood pressure)."
Plus, when it's hot you sweat more and need more water to maintain equilibrium. Hang out in the shade and stay as cool as possible.
B vitamins are one of the first things alcohol depletes you of. There are plenty of foods that are a good course of B vitamins, or you could pop a B-Complex.
You're also going to needs some electrolytes. Sports drinks like Gatorade are electrolyte-balanced to help with rehydration, but they also have a lot of sugar. You know what's better? Those little pouches of Emergen-C.
Seasoned, well-practiced drinkers can drink more (generally). Alcohol is a toxin, and our bodies adapt to metabolize and deal with it. That kind of adaptation takes time and repetition.
Don't binge, but do drink enough to build a tolerance to the chemicals. Afterward, detox
Above all, think
Understand that sometimes you want to cut loose, but don't hurt yourself or others. Have your fun, but stay safe, and make sure you're alive in the morning.