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Common drinking mistakes everyone makes

If you drink tequila shots,  sip your cocktail from a straw and fill your wine glass to the top, your drinking habits leave a lot to be desired.

And those who pop a painkiller as a pre-emptive measure before a heavy night out might be surprised to hear that it really doesn’t make a difference.

In fact, even the hair of the dog won’t help alleviate your suffering – the only thing that will make you feel better is plenty of water, and rest.

What are the top drinking mistakes everyone is making according to Dailymail?

1. Filling wineglasses to the top
Overfilling your glass means that your wine doesn’t air to breathe and ‘open’ up. Fill your glass halfway up and have two glasses instead of one to best enjoy your wine.

2. Popping a painkiller before a night out
Many people think paracetemol or aspirin before a night out will pre-empt a hangover but unfortunately this just isn’t true. The effects of painkillers will usually wear off before your night is over so there really is no point. Taking it the morning after however can alleviate alcohol-induced aches and pains.

3. Guzzling energy drink cocktails to get drunk
The high you get from something like a vodka and energy drinkl may make you feel tipsy but it’s actually a sugar and caffeine rush you’re experiencing. The caffeine in the drink will make you feel alert, combating the soporific effect that alcohol usually has, which then makes you drink more.

4. Drinking wine as soon as it’s poured
Always swirl and sniff your wine as the aroma of the drink will enhance your enjoyment of it. Karen McNeil, author of The Wine Bible says that when wine is swirled, molecules of oxygen mix with the wine, causing the flavours to open up.

5. Eating a heavy meal before a night out to stop getting drunk
Yes, it might take longer to get drunk but it won’t actually stop you from getting drunk. A stomach full of food delays alcohol absorption, but eventually your tummy will be empty and alcohol will affect you in the same way it usually does.

6. Drinking through a straw for a quicker buzz
This depends on how quickly you drink and the type of glass you drink from, not the method of drinking. A study conducted by Cornell University found that drinks served in short, stout tumblers contained at least 20 to 30 per cent more alcohol than drinks served in tall and thin glasses.

7. Leaving an open bottle of wine on the kitchen counter
Always store unfinished wine in the fridge. The cold acts as a preservative and stops wine from spoiling. An re-corked bottle left in the fridge will be drinkable for up to three days after it has been opened.

DRINKING MYTHS: FACT V FICTION

FACT: Eat before you start drinking: food in your stomach – especially carbs and starch such as pasta and bananas – slows down the absorption of alcohol into your blood.

FACT: Don’t drink dark liquors such as red wine, brandy or whiskey, which have higher concentrations of congeners, chemicals that are toxic to the body.

FICTION: Eat fatty foods: alcohol causes blood sugar to fall, which tricks your body into thinking it needs calories. We crave fatty foods as they are the most concentrated form of energy, but they don’t make us feel better.

FACT: Don’t mix drinks, because you will only end up drinking more.

FICTION: Eat before bedtime: this will not absorb all the booze.

FICTION: Hair-of-the-dog: there’s no evidence that having another alcoholic drink in the morning reduces the symptoms of a hangover. More likely, it is just a temporary effect that postpones the effects of a hangover.

FACT: Eggs may have a beneficial effect on reducing the effects of a hangover because they contain an amino acid called cysteine which breaks down the toxin acetaldehyde, produced by too much alcohol consumption.

FACT: Get some fresh air: Walk home with friends as exercise helps increases the metabolism of alcohol.

FACT: Avoid eating spicy foods – such as a curry or kebab – after drinking as they may upset your stomach.

FICTION: Take an Asprin while you drink: this will not lessen the headache – though taking one the next day, about an hour before you need to be functional, should help.

FICTION: Drink water the morning after: this will not help flush out the alcohol. It will of course help, but it is much more important to drink water while you are actually drinking alcohol.

FACT: Follow every drink with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated, and drink plenty of water before you go to bed.

FACT: If you overindulge at a party, avoid alcohol for 48 hours afterwards

FACT: Vitamin B is your friend. Eat a bowl of cereal and milk, topped with a banana to replenish lost potassium, or a gentle pro-biotic drink.

FICTION: Mixing drinks does not affect your hangover directly, it is just that if you are mixing spirits, wine, shots and beer you will be drinking more than if you stick to one type

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