December 29, 2008

How to Avoid Hangovers the Liquor Snob Way

stay_drunk.jpgNew Year's Eve is on its way, and tis the season to be overserved. We've spent a lot of time railing against St. Patrick's Day as the ultimate amateur night when it comes to drinking, but New Year's Eve definitely takes the cake. It seems the question everyone's asking as they prep for their nights, whether it's a party or angrily drinking while watching Seacrest count down, is "How do I avoid getting hung over?"

Our best advice is to stay drunk, but we've taken some time to round up some tips and advice to help you out. Don't worry - we're not going to say "drink less," because that goes against our very nature. But below you'll find our tips for how to minimize the hangover you get, or at least deal with the hellish first day of the year if you forget the rules.

PS - don't expect much from us for the rest of the week, as we stretch our livers for the pending festivities, so...Happy New Year!

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Avoid a Hangover:
We've culled through a variety of sources to find this list of tips for you to avoid that burnt out and blasted feeling that seems inevitable on January 1, or at least minimize it.

  • Lay a good base - Don't start drinking on an empty stomach. EVER. A beer or two on an empty stomach can be OK if that's all you're having, but when you're pouring 10 or 12 more on there, you're in trouble no matter who you are. Have some pasta, some potatoes, a burger, a handful of the soil from a potted plant nearby. By any means necessary, get something into your stomach other than booze.

  • Don't mix your poisons - The worst hangovers occur when you have a beer, then some wine, maybe a few shots, couple more beers, etc. If you start with beer, end with beer. If you start with vodka, end with vodka. If you start or end with tequila...good luck.

  • Alternate with water - Hey, tough guy. We know how it is - you don't want to be the dude asking for a water when your friend is buying a round. If your friends are like our friends, you'll be shamed and scolded. We've found we can get past that stigma by asking for our whiskey with an ice water back. That way you get to sip the booze with a giant pint glass of H2Oyeah and no one making fun of your manhood.

  • Rock a multivitamin - When you drink, you pee. When you pee, you're getting rid of vitamins and minerals with the liquid. We try to take it before we drink so we're peeing out the extras.

  • No Sweet Drinks - This is a good rule any night of the year, but if you like to get girl drink drunk, you're begging for trouble. Sugar plus booze equals enormous headache. Stick to the less sweet drinks and your horrificness the next day will be exponentially less.

Links:
Avoiding Major Hangovers [AskMen]
Cures for the Inevitable [Proof Blog, NYTimes]
A Tippler's Life for Me [Urban Monarch]
How to Drink Like a Russian [Liquor Snob]
How to Avoid a Hangover [Cocktail Times]
How Do I Avoid a Hangover? [About Cocktails]
How to Avoid a Hangover [eHow]

Beat a Hangover
While this is pretty much our first foray into hangover avoision (it's a word, look it up), we've given a whole lot of ink to how to beat hangovers you've already got. Check out the selection below, for some ideas.
How to Beat the Hangover Blues
Boozer Hangover Remedy Review

Anatomicals Hangover Remedy

Chasers Hangover Remedy Video
Fix Hangover Remedy Strips
Nux Vomica: Best Hangover Remedy Ever
Hangover Cures: The Ultimate Experiment

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 29, 2008 9:18 PM
Recent Comments

Liquor shelf life questions for the experts. Since I got married, I stopped drinking at home and have been storing various liquors at room temp in a dark cabinet for about 20 years... Before I throw anything out, I'd like to know what goes bad and what doesn't. Here is what I have: Unopened bottles of Chivas Regal; open bottle of Christian Brothers California Brandy; open bottle of Cribari Mountain Burgundy; open bottle of Kahlua; sealed bottle of Seagram's V.O. Canadian Whiskey; sealed bottle of Southern Comfort; open bottle of Jose Cuervo Tequila; open bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum; open bottle of McNaughton Canadian Whiskey; open bottle of Bacardi 151 Puerto Rican Rum; sealed bottle of Cuervo Especial Tequila; open bottle of Smirnoff Vodka; sealed plastic bottles of cheap extra dry vodka; open plastic bottle of Cuervo Especial Tequila; open bottle of Bacardi Light-dry Puerto Rican Rum; sealed bottle of Inglenook Navalle Burgundy; sealed bottle of Ava Tahiti Liquer De Banane; open bottle of Cognac Rothschild; open bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label Old Scotch Whiskey; sealed bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey; open bottle of Beefeater London Distilled Dry Gin; and a sealed bottle of Cusano Rojo Mezcal. We also have a few bottles of wine that have been stored in our cool basement on a wine rack (cork down, seal intact). The wines are: Chateau Haut-Veyrac Saint Emilion 1979; Chateau Gilette Sauternes 1955; Chateau Ste Michelle Washington Cabernet Sauvignon 1983; Stewart Vineyards Muscat Canelli - Columbia Valley 1987; Georges Dubceuf Beaujolais-Villages Red Beaujolais Wine 1987; and a Chateau Ste Michele Washington Grenache Rose 1985. The last bottle of wine listed seems like it may have a leak in the cork and there is some red residue inside the bottle. Of the liquors, what is OK and what must be thrown out? Regarding the wines, do any of these have any value and is there a problem with the bottle that looks like it may have leaked through the cork?


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