“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
– Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), American singer, actor, and producer
Anyone who knows me knows I like to drink.
Not in an excessive, omg-she-has-a-problem way, but in a responsible, I-love-life way.
Maybe it’s the social aspect of it, or feeling uninhibited, or the taste of liquor itself.
Whatever it is, I like it.
That being said, I also like to be productive and have the day after NOT be a total waste.
At the pre-drink (pre-game, pre-party, whatever you call it) tonight, pull out these 7 drinking tips that will keep you bright-eyed and bushy tailed tomorrow morning.
Your friends will be thoroughly impressed with your liquor savvy and will start nagging you for life advice.
They’ll probably think you’re super annoying.
Either way, good times will be had.
Have fun tonight (within reasonable limits)!
1. Make a plan.
Most of us have the best intentions when we head out for the night.
But “I’ll just make an appearance and have a couple of drinks” can quickly turn into four tequila shots and crashing at a friend’s condo.
Answer these questions beforehand and put them in your phone so you remember:
What is my drinking limit? A lot of factors go into how many drinks an average human should consume in a night, but let’s say 2-3 drinks is safe for the night. But what’s considered one standard drink?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, not a lot:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/Via niaaa.nih.gov
Who is my drinking buddy? You and your drinking buddy (let’s call him Hunter) will look out for each other throughout the night. You will remind each other to drink water after every drink. Hunter will remind you that you both want to be productive tomorrow. Hunter is dope.
What time will I promise myself to leave? Maybe you need 7 hours of sleep to function the next day. If so, go home early. I know it can be hard to be the Loser Larry of the group, especially when friends urge you to stay for “just one more drink”. Read more below on how to make a graceful exit.
What are my tasks for tomorrow and long-term goals? Remind yourself of why you need to be in good shape to work tomorrow. Don’t lose sight of your goals.
2. Fill up your belly.
Eating before a night of drinking is important if you plan on being super productive the next day.
I usually have a kale salad and some celery sticks before a night of drinking.
Just kidding. Literally NO ONE has said that ever.
Have a plate of pasta or something from this list.
3. Stick to clear liquors.
Think white rum, vodka, and gin.
Darker drinks like red wine or rum contain more congeners which are infamous for hangovers.
Here’s a recipe for my go-to drink. It’s a tasty spin on a gin and tonic:
- 1.5 oz. Hendricks gin
- 1/2 cup Sprite Zero
- 1/2 small lime freshly squeezed
- 1 large ice cube
Check out more delicious gin and tonic recipes here.
I love this drink because I feel great the next day. No hangovers, no headaches.
Sure, I lost my phone and spanked my coworker’s ass at the end of the night, but at least I felt great the next morning!
(I never said there was no trade-off.)
The folks at Bulletproof created an alcohol roadmap showing what to drink to avoid hangovers.
Screenshot of Bulletproof alcohol roadmap:
Bulletproof: The State of High Performance/Via bulletproofexec.com
Check out the full roadmap here.
4. Say no to shots.
I know – everyone’s going to hate you.
You’re ruining the party, you killjoy.
It’s OK – stay strong. You will thank yourself in the morning.
5. Use real fruits instead of sugar syrups.
If you’re going to have something fruity in your drink, make it the real thing.
Syrups have refined sugars, which are hangover-inducing.
Real fruits have natural sugars. Plus, they add vitamins to your drink.
Now, that’s sweet.
(Sorry for that.)
6. Take WB’s.
Or Water Breaks, for you intellectuals.
Have a full glass of water after every boozy beverage. It will lessen the effects of a hangover.
It also helps to have a drinking buddy so you can remind each other to stay hydrated.
Shit can get out of hand real quick.
Remember to chug water at the end of your night, too!
7. Leave at a reasonable time.
Graciously thank the host and simply tell your friends that you have an early morning tomorrow.
If they ask what you’re doing, respond with a confident, “I GOTTA GET SHIT DONE.”
If you roll with a more bougie crowd, a simple, “I have work to do.” should be enough to get them off your ass.
If you know your friends will be pushy, use the good old Irish Exit.
BONUS: GET DRUNK, NOT FAT.
Check out getdrunknotfat.com to find the calories and carbs per serving of your favourite beers, wines, and liquors!
What drinking hacks do you swear by?
Share your tips in the comments section below.