Introduction: Hangover Cures

There's a few remedies for when you've been drinking heavily. Some are common sense, but there's a little science behind how to recover from your hangover and a few cures that are debunked.

You probably already know that the real cure to a hangover is prevention. Our friend Benji Frank offers the wise words that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” - which is great news if we plan ahead, however most times we only think about hangovers when it's too late.

Here's a few ways you can prepare yourself before you go out, and what to do when once you're already drunk.


Step 1: Reality Check + Health Notice

New flash: There is no such thing as a hangover cure.

Sorry to tell you this, but there isn't really any magical cure to a hangover. Drinking any alcohol can lead to a hangover, how badly this affects you depends on your body type. Some people can be hungover after one drink, while others can drink copious amounts and not be sore the next day. Alcohol is seen as a poison to your body, which is tries to counter by either releasing an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase which breaks down the alcohol for absorption into the body, or by evacuating the poison through vomiting.

Feeling hungover the next day is only part of the problem. Drinking alcohol isn't great for your health as it can:

  • Dehydrate you by causing you to urinate more frequently. Your body uses water to process alcohol, which is then flushed from your body in the form of urine. Being dehydrated can cause headaches, dizziness, and thirst (duh).
  • Trigger your immune system. Alcohol is interpreted by your body as a poison, and can cause physical symptoms like loss of motor skills, memory problems, unusual appetite, lethargy, and an inability to concentrate.
  • Irritate your stomach lining. " Alcoholic beverages with low ethanol content (beer and wine) are strong stimulants of gastric acid secretion and gastrin release, the effect of beer being equal to the maximal acid output. Beverages with a higher ethanol content (whisky, gin, cognac) do not stimulate gastric acid secretion or release of gastrin." (source)
    An irritated stomach lining can cause rapid stomach evacuation (vomiting), abdominal pain, nausea, and in cases of excessive drinking can cause bleeding.
  • Decrease your blood sugar. Alcohol affects blood sugar levels when consumed, causing an increase in insulin secretion, which leads to low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia). Low blood sugar can cause light headedness and, weakness, and mood disturbances.
  • Alcohol causes your blood vessels to expand, which can lead to headaches.

So now you know why you feel the way you do, here's a few simple steps you can take that will make the morning after a little more tolerable.

Step 2: Before You Go Out

Hydrate with water:

After learning what a hangover is it's easy to notice a trend towards dehydration. Drinking alcohol makes your body use a lot of water trying to process what it perceives as a poison to your body, therefore make it a point to ensure you are hydrated before you even start.

If you know you are going out later make a special effort to drink lots of water throughout the day in anticipation of the drinking you'll be doing later. Your body will thank you later.

Eat garlic and sesame + drink soy:

"Ethanol (alcohol) absorption in humans is controlled mainly by gastric emptying because the primary region of ethanol absorption is the small intestine. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil and coconut oil delay the elimination rate of gastric ethanol and lessen the resultant increase in plasma ethanol concentrations. The clearance of ethanol and toxic acetaldehyde is achieved by ethanol-metabolizing enzymes such as alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), and microsomal ethanol oxidizing system (MEOS). Therefore, components such as sesamin and garlic that stimulate the activity of these enzymes are expected to ameliorate alcohol toxicity."
(source)

Soy based foods can help a hangover by aiding in ethanol metabolism, and delays gastrointestinal emptying which reduces the rate that plasma ethanol concentrations increase. Eating garlic and sesame stimulate gut enzymes and can improve the upcoming negative effects of drinking alcohol.

If you're feeling very adventurous you can combine everything into one soy-based super-drink of minced garlic and sesame seeds. Sounds gross, but might be your magic elixir for a headache free head start for your hangover.

Step 3: While Drinking

Drink water:

This is the top tip when you're drinking alcohol. Drink water, lots of water.

The math is simple: drinking = dehydration = hangover. Break the chain and drink a glass of water in between every drink; it's easy to do and will keep you hydrated. The trade off is that you'll go to the washroom more often, but that's a small price to pay for not feeling terrible in the morning.

Don't mix types of drinks:

"Liquor before beer, you're in the clear..."? No. Just, no.

People react to alcohol differently, and how you react to beer might be totally different than how you react to whiskey. Your best chance to stay out the longest, and feel better in the morning, is to stick to one type of drink and stick to it.

Darker liquor can be dangerous:

"Substances other than alcohol produced during fermentation are called congeners, these substances include chemicals such as other alcohols (known as fusel alcohols), Methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, and tannins. Congeners are responsible for most of the taste and aroma of distilled alcoholic beverages, and contribute to the taste of non-distilled drinks. It has been suggested that these substances contribute to the symptoms of a hangover."

Tannins are what what give some darker liquors their colour and can be found in almost any type of non-clear alcohol. Lending to this theory, studies suggest that a whiskey hangover is worse than a vodka hangover.

Eat something:

Beer doesn't count as food, so don't drink on an empty stomach. Eating doesn't "soak up" alcohol, but having something in your stomach prevents your small intestines from having only alcohol to process. When you eat food your stomach sends a signal to your brain to start processing what you just ate, keeping whatever contents inside your stomach and prolonging alcohol absorption through the small intestine (which is 30 square meters [230 square feet] in surface area, a high very high absorption area for your body).

Consuming high caloric (fatty) foods and carbohydrates also take longer for your stomach to process which can help keep you feeling full longer, ideally dissuading you from consuming more beverages. Be careful, as most drinking establishments offer very salty eats, designed to make your mouth feel dry in an effort to get you to drink more.

Step 4: Before Bed

Who am I kidding...you didn't do any of the precautionary steps, did you? You were out having a great time making questionable drink decisions, and now here we are; It's 3 in the morning, pants are on the bathroom floor, and you're loudly singing Rock You Like a Hurricane into an empty roll of toilet paper.

Hydrate:

As soon as you get in the door, drink a glass of water. Before you make some late-night munchies, drink a glass of water. After eating the munchies and watching a few Internet cat videos, drink a glass of water. When you're all washed up for bed, have a glass of water. Your body is (or soon will be) craving water, so hydrate.

Bring a big glass of water to your bed and leave it somewhere convenient. You'll be needing it when you wake up.

Relieve yourself:

Emptying your bladder is a good idea becasue you're going to want to drink a lot of water and have the extra room to help your body process the punishment you just served it. Drinking all that alcohol (and hopefully lots of water!) you're going to have to get up in the night to pee, so this is also a good time to get another glass of water and down it before you hit the hay again.

Step 5: The Morning After

We made it to the next morning. You had some weird dreams, and your arm is numb from you sleeping on it. If you were smart you should be seeing a tall glass of water near your bed. Wasn't that smart of you?

Pain Medication:

Try some over-the-counter pain medicine to relive the headache, inflammation, and overall soreness. There's loads of information about the dis/advantages for each type, so do some homework before taking anything.

Never take pain medication while drinking; paracetamol metabolizes in a similar manner to alcohol and can exacerbate your altered state, and ibuprofen can damage your liver which is already being taxed with processing the alcohol punishment you offered.

Electrolytes + Food:

Processing alcohol depletes the sodium and potassium salts (electrolytes) levels of your body. To replenish your body you can grab any hydrating sports drink, or make your own sports drink for almost nothing.

"Electrolytes are commonly found in fruit juices, coconut water, sports drinks, milk, nuts, and many fruits and vegetables (whole or in juice form)" (source)

When you're ready for food, think about some healthy options that are easy to consume like fruit (bananas) and dairy.

Antacids:

Drinking can cause an upset stomach, which is eased by antacids. Granulated antacids are easiest to consume and activate the quickest. Try an effervescent antacid, usually available in in all pharmacies in single serving pouches, they are dissolved in a glass of water which does double duty as hydrating and delivering some antacid to help settle excessive acidity caused by heavy drinking. .

Sleep:

You might crash pretty hard when you first go to bed, but most people wake up restless several hours later when the uncomfortable truth can no longer be ignored by your body. Sleeping is a great method to overcoming a hangover, so the longer you can get back to sleep (and stay asleep) the better.

After going through the rest of list above, give your body the time to heal on its own and sleep as much as possible.

Step 6: The Afternoon After

You survived the morning hangover, but are now tired of being stuck in bed hiding under the covers. Get outside!

Exercise:

Being active releases endorphins, which reacts with your brain and reduces your perception of pain and act similar to pain relief drugs like morphine and codeine.

This doesn't mean running a marathon, a simple walk will do. Light exercise can help reduce the pain effects of your hangover, reduce your stress, and help give you an appetite. Any exercise is going to require proper hydration, so remember to keep your exercise light and drink plenty of water.

Get outside:

Fresh air can help clear your head, and people watching can provide a pleasant distraction from the hammering in your head. Combine getting outside with light exercise and you've got a winning combination. This can be as simple as walking to the store to get something to eat, then taking it to the park to relax. Don't forget to bring some water with you.

Go to bed early:

You've earned it. Rest is the real cure for a hangover, so why not hit the hay a little early and give your body a chance to recover.

Step 7: What NOT to Do

Don't take pain relief while drinking:

Don’t take aspirin before or while drinking alcohol, you'll just make your hangover worse. "Aspirin and other drugs prevent the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (found in the stomach and liver) from breaking down alcohol, thus slowing the liver’s ability to decrease blood alcohol content. In other words, alcohol will accumulate in your blood faster and have longer lasting effect". (source)

Hair of the dog:

The solution to a hangover does not involve more alcohol.

Ever wonder where the expression “Hair of the Dog” came from? In folk lore it was thought that a remedy for a dog bite was to rub the wound with the hair of the dog that bit you. In terms of alcohol it's thought that a little bit more of what you feel ill will make you feel better. Back in Step 1 you learn why you get a hangover, so adding more fuel to the fire isn't going to help your dehydration and upset stomach.

Drinking coffee:

Coffee doesn't cure a hangover; you'll still feel the same, just be more awake. Caffeine can be a small remedy for a headache, but won't solve the other pains associated with a hangover. In addition, coffee is a diuretic and can cause more water loss through urination. Your body is going to need all the hydration it can get, not a new way to lose it.

Greasy breakfast:

Haven't you punished your stomach enough?

Though many people swear by it, a heaping pile of bacon an eggs doesn't have any magical hangover-healing properties, and having heartburn and a hangover is an very uncomfortable position to be in. Instead stick with easy to digest foods like toast or cereal, foods high in carbohydrates can help bring your blood sugar levels back up.

Of course, there's no shortage of other types of unsupported remedies. Maybe you can leave some of your favourites as a comment below.

Step 8: Lessons Learned

The two things to remember are:

  1. Drink a glass of water with every alcoholic drink
  2. Consume alcohol in moderation

There's no magical cure for feeling terrible after heavy drinking, but staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest are great ways to reduce your pain the day after.


Do you have your own tips and tricks for when you're tipsy? Share your hangover cures in the comments below.

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mazzic518 made it! (author)2015-12-27

Don't get drunk?

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yard made it! (author)yard2016-04-21

or just kill yourself. no more hangovers then.

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mazzic518 made it! (author)mazzic5182016-04-22

Umm, wow.

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billbillt made it! (author)2015-12-27

The best cure is to not drink at all.. Works for me!...

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JWA1 made it! (author)JWA12015-12-27

Friend of Bill W.'s for 22 years. Best hangover remedy I've ever found.

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yard made it! (author)yard2016-04-21

blecch. given the choice, i'll take hangovers.

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billbillt made it! (author)billbillt2016-04-22

Just wait until you get older.. You will see what I mean.. Right now, you think it is cool to get drunk... You will one day wish you had all the money back that you wasted on getting drunk...

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yard made it! (author)yard2016-04-22

maybe. maybe not. either way, i'd rather have a hangover than hang with twelve-steppists.

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JWA1 made it! (author)JWA12016-04-22

Oh yes, because, as I remember, drunks are so intelligent and fun. NOT!!

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billbillt made it! (author)billbillt2016-04-22

I would rather abstain than hang with brain cell dead Maoists..

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taur561 made it! (author)2016-03-23

Years ago in my partying days , I used to have a friend who was an industrial chemist and he used to drink a lemonade soft drink between whiskeys . He maintained that the sugar in the soft drinks used to help break down the alcohol . I haven't drank alcohol for about 30 years now so I personally have not had any conversations with God on the big white telephone ( clutching the toilet bowl while on your hands and knees saying " Oh God ! . I will never drink like that again ") for a long long time .

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gr8lakesbeachbum made it! (author)2015-12-30

Wow some folks really take this seriously. I appreciate the advice and the entertaining read! Happy New Year and I will remember the water :)

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jbrown47 made it! (author)2015-12-28

My best advice for avoiding a hangover (besides hydration!) is to avoid very cheap liquor. I believe its because they're usually filtered less and contain more impurities.

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Prof. A. Z. O_Trope made it! (author)2015-12-28

First of all, I agree that folks with addictive tendencies towards alcohol should avoid all consumption, and especially excessive consumption. Even non-addictive drinkers should not binge drink. That being said, there will be occasions when normally moderate, responsible drinkers may wish to indulge more than usual, and although that will cause some unavoidable damage, avoiding / minimizing a hangover is desirable, and there is some good advice about that here. Also worth noting is a formal, scientifically-valid study showing that extract of Prickly Pear Cactus (or the fruit itself, if available), if taken before drinking, can reduce both the severity of "normal" hangovers and the incidence of truly severe ones. Here's a blurb that cites the original study, if you want to get into the methodology & data analysis:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/821630

Apparently medical journals have been reluctant to publish the study, but not because the work is scientifically unsound, but rather because they fear it will encourage irresponsible drinking. Perhaps true, perhaps sour grapes on the part of the unpublished authors, but you can investigate and judge for yourselves.

Happy New Year!

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drlivip made it! (author)2015-12-28

Dihydromyricetin There is science behind this.

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ScienceDiscoverer made it! (author)2015-12-28

It's very simple. Just don't drink C2H5OH poison. Don't kill your brain cells. Why its so hard for most of the people on this planet? Why most of us like to kill ourselfs?

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3967 made it! (author)39672015-12-28

group pressure and/or "culture" , its a kind of sado-maso meme since ages ;)

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jdbaum42 made it! (author)2015-12-27

I heard someone say that there's no cure for a hangover, but there is a vaccine: self respect.

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SwiperF made it! (author)2015-10-15

Though I rarely drink beer and when I do (max of 4 to 5 bottles (350ml per bottle) so I'm still sober enough to manage finding my way home safely), I get headaches when I wake up in the morning.

So I take 1 to 2 tablets of paracetamol before going to sleep, and when I wake up, I'm fine and no more headaches.

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Mex5150 made it! (author)2015-10-02

A great hangover cure is to just stay drunk! Seriously though, Hair of the dog does work, and there have been several studies to verify this, the secret is moderation though (perhaps why other studies that says it doesn't work faild). Trust me I'm a Scotsman, it's part of my heritage LOL

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dennisbray made it! (author)2015-09-14

I don't drink often, but thanks for sharing your tips. They might come in handy sometime.

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Tumunga made it! (author)2015-09-12

All I know is to keep a big glass of water on top of the toilet bowl. When you thing your are getting the dry heaves (you know what I'm talking about) drink the water, and have some wet heaves. Wake up the next morning, and wave Hello!

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oilitright made it! (author)2015-09-11

As a recovered alcoholic for 31 years I'd like to add my two cents to this. And to illustrate what I mean by having been a real alcoholic at the peak of my drinking prowess I was purchasing a fifth of cheap vodka at precisely 6AM everyday. I then went to work and proceeded to drink all day. In 21 years I never had anyone question whether or not I had been drinking, I chewed copious amounts of Juicy Fruit gum, smoked Maduro Preidente cigars and always had a tiny aerosol bottle of Binaca in my pocket. When I got home I would prepare to go out for some "serious drinking". These preparations included a couple different methods. First I drank a half cup of really good olive oil after that I popped in a banana, apple, grapes, whatever into my trusty Vitamix and made a full container of juice and I drank half and stored the rest in the refrigerator. Then I swallowed a few tablespoons of Phillips milk of magnesia and a couple B-6 tablets. This I topped of with a moderate amount of food didn't matter what TV Dinner, Chicken pot pie whatever. During my evenings consumption I would chew up a glucose tablet every 2 or 3 drinks depending on what I was drinking. When I got home I'd drink the remaining whole fruit juice (more like what a smoothie is called now). Have a couple more swigs of Phillips and a couple aspirins. I would awake feeling perfectly fine. Drink a pot of coffee and be out the door in time to hit the liquor store at 6AM. A few years after I stopped drinking and had some sobriety under my belt I guy came up to me after an AA meeting where I was speaking. Turns out he had been a frequent customer at one of my favorite establishments. He said to me "I use to sit down at the opposite end of the bar from you, I hated your guts" feeling guilty I asked why he hated my guys, he replied "Because I knew that you drank more than I did yet you really never showed any indication, I knew you were had to be bombed but you never staggered, slurred your speech or anything else and I'd almost be unable to stand up". In closing my message is really do consider drinking in great moderation, don't drink and drive (I didn't I had a standing order for a taxi) and if you know you are going to over indulge try my prevention formula it miight save you from your next three alarm hangover.

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sinnadyr made it! (author)sinnadyr2015-09-11

Congratulations for stopping that cycle, I know it is a tough one. But since alcohol is considered by the body as poison, is it possible that the body and brain actually will accept this poison after many years of drinking while still maintaining a healthy body due to your high consumption of nutrients?

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oilitright made it! (author)oilitright2015-09-12

I'm really no expert on the effects of alcohol or the human bodies ability to deal with it other then anecdotal information. This leads me to think it is as variable as the different people drinking, some give out physically in much less time then others. And there is a plethora of factors that influence a persons capacity. I never substituted alcohol for food. I had my little regimen (previously described) I followed. Plus I am a rather large person which really increases capacity and I seriously think some people are genetically predisposed to have a high tolerance. I also believe there are people who drink heavily who are not classically alcoholic. And this is for nothing I firmly believe if a persons wonders if they are alcoholic, they probably are.

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risarisa made it! (author)2015-09-12

Acetominophen, not ibuprofen, is correlated with liver damage (no more than 2 grams while drinking, otherwise you risk fulminant liver failure; the normal limit is 4 grams per day). NSAIDs like ibuprofen do exacerbate/cause stomach ulcers

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bequito made it! (author)2015-09-11

Raise your hand if you read this while you were hung over...

During my admittedly short time on this planet I've learned a few lessons I rarely abide:

1) "Beer dinner" is not dinner

2) Booze is your best buddy, but water is your dearest friend

3) Alka Seltzer is a gift from the gods (doesn't feel like the fires of hell being expelled from your esophagus if you end up purging!)

Thank you for the wonderful 'Ible! The side splitting laughter I experienced while reading step 4 got me to forget about this annoying hang over momentarily :)

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alba100 made it! (author)2015-09-11

People often take Berocca, as a hangover cure,

The best thing to do is to take two Berocca, BEFORE, you go out. This won't stop a hangover if you are determined to drink to excess, but it will minimise/avoid a hangover.

I am 67 years old, and for many years, have found Berocca, BEFORE a big night out to be very effective.

I only know Berocca as an Australian product, so you might have to do a bit of research to find your local equivalent....but it is worth it

It is essentially vitamin B and C

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Poppy Ann made it! (author)2015-09-11

A clinical study has proved that there are NO hangover cures the only thing that is proven to work is to drink less which just prevents you getting a hangover, one other thing that helps prevent you getting a hangover in the first place is to drinking plenty of water along with the alcohol as it makes you use the toilet more whilst you are drinking which causes your body to just pass most of the alcohol straight through before it can be transferred to your blood stream.

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fixfireleo made it! (author)2015-09-10

BEST hangover cure...DRINK DIET COKE instead of alchohol!

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Poppy Ann made it! (author)Poppy Ann2015-09-11

Then in place of a hangover you would have tooth decay from all the coke and some dentist drilling out your teeth to fill them I think I would prefer the Hangover.

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janetsellers08 made it! (author)2015-09-10

Poison, yes. Acidifies the system. For relief, take 2 teaspoons baking soda in 2 cups water (not less). Feel better in less than a half hour. Best remedy: don't over do it in the first place, of course. :D

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Captain Teague 1978 made it! (author)2015-09-10

There are currently 2 best hangover cures that I know. I am a recovered alcoholic and no longer drink alcohol but these two cures are guaranteed 1) Drinking MORE alcohol DOES make you feel better..... but as soon as you feel better you need to stop drinking alcohol and eat a meal and drink fluids then sleep.
2) Diazapam tablets / valium tablets are great if you have any.... These are actually used in hospitals to ease alcohol withdrawals.
I would like to state that this is what I did and they worked. I am not suggesting anyone copy my methods or actions. The above methods are purely for information purposes.

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david4451 made it! (author)david44512015-09-10

100% correct on both

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Goodnightmoon made it! (author)2015-09-10

I go to a self serve car wash and then by the time I get the whole car clean I don't even remember how I felt when I got there. Kinda ties in with the exercise tip I guess.

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pnosko made it! (author)2015-09-10

"New flash: There is no such thing as a hangover cure."

This opener is the truth. The latest study was just in the news a week ago.

http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/7223/20150901/drinking-water-eating-remedies-hangover.htm

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redrooster made it! (author)2015-09-10

There is only one cure that works and that is to drink as much water as you can before going to sleep.

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adamazing made it! (author)2015-09-10

Funny answers, via David Lynch:

Dale Cooper: Surefire cure for a hangover, Harry. You take a glass of nearly frozen, unstrained tomato juice. You plop a couple of oysters in there and you drink it down. Breathe deeply. Next you take a mound, and I mean a mound, of sweetbreads sauteed with some Canadian bacon and chestnuts. Finally some biscuits, big biscuits, smothered in gravy. Now here's where it gets tricky, you're gonna need some anchovies. You take —

Sheriff Truman: [groaning] Excuse me.

Dale Cooper: [smiling] That should do it.
Sherriff Truman: What do you recommend for a hangover?

Annie Blackburn: Tee-totalling and prayer.
Gordon Cole: Harry, the best cure I ever came across for a hangover was raw meat and plenty of it. You break and egg on it, add in some salted anchovies, tobasco and worcestershire sauce.

[exit Sheriff Truman]
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dough51342000 made it! (author)2015-09-10

The best thing I've used for a hangover in morning is Pivot! Its a Mexican antacids. Some Wal-Marts Family Dollar and General Dollar sells it!

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dough51342000 made it! (author)dough513420002015-09-10

sorry it auto corr.
it's not called pivot its called Picot

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Kestrelio made it! (author)2015-09-10

Honestly, just hydrate and take two Excedrin after you're done drinking and ***before*** you go to bed. It'll make a world of difference.

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Syx made it! (author)2015-09-10

Dioralyte works absolute wonders for me for a "morning after" remedy.

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ac-dc made it! (author)2015-09-10

Eat nutrient dense food, particularly those loaded with electrolytes, B vitamins, and if you're a binge drinker to the point where you get the shakes then include foods rich in magnesium. Ultimately if hangovers bother you enough then you will wise up and drink less. I know it can get harder to keep track of alcohol consumption as you're getting more and more intoxicated but seldom does a person start without an idea of how much they're going to drink, in other words where they're going to have a fixed # of drinks or just keep going till the day or event is over.

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ac-dc made it! (author)2015-09-10

I would advise against drinking so many glasses of water before bed if you've been drinking a lot. You're likely to end up wetting the bed. Yes it would ease hangover symptoms but do you want to wake up soaked in urine instead? IMO, wait till the next morning to begin your rehydration regime.

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StuNutt made it! (author)2015-09-10

I voted for you. I actually don't suffer from hangovers (I'm a 2 or 3 pint man now, but when I was in my 20s, a "normal" evening out was 8 to 10, and I still didn't suffer).

I'm worried now that Instructables database may have me pinned as a raving alcoholic because I read all the way through :)

Very interesting 'ible though - Thanks

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FlorinJ made it! (author)2015-09-10

While not directly involved in the metabolism of alcohol, the B vitamins are essential in more chemical reactions in your body than I can count. Alcohol quickly and severely depletes your body's vitamin B reserves - which makes you function badly. Taking a high dose of vitamin B orally before drinking, giving it enough time to reach your bloodstream before starting to drink might help. Getting a shot of vitamin B helps even after you got drunk.

For an upset stomach, try very concentrated chamomile tea. Works for me, at least.

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PKM made it! (author)2015-09-10

Question:

In my experience people drink until they are as drunk as they want to be, then stop or slow down. A couple of your tips involve eating foods that will slow gastric emptying, meaning there's more lag time between alcohol entering the stomach and hitting the bloodstream via the small intestine. Doesn't this mean that by the time you think "there's two of everything and I can't remember where I live, that's enough" you will then continue to get more intoxicated for a while?

It's well established that things that affect your perception of how much you have drunk (like stupid caffeine/alcohol combinations, Jaegerbombs etc.) are dangerous because they cause you to consume more alcohol overall- isn't adding a delay between drinking and feeling the effect going to do the same thing?

Perhaps that could be a solution- things that increase your perception of how much you have drunk to encourage moderation. If you had to close your eyes and spin around ten times between each drink I think you might call it a night sooner :)

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JON-A-TRON made it! (author)2015-09-09

Thanks, I've got my new web browser home page.

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MarcusKidwell made it! (author)2015-09-09

scrambled eggs and bread. Soaks up the alchohol. Your'e welcome disappointed viewers

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bricobart made it! (author)2015-09-08

I voted for this in the concrete & casting contest.

You poored that concrete like a boss, in step 4.

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