6 Best Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking
Dec. 01, 2020
Please let’s all be real here. There are certain nights when you just want to hang out with your friends and drink the night away. Well, what follows after is not so much pleasant. Most of us have probably had a night where we had one too many drinks and woke up feeling pretty awful. While drinking in moderation is associated with a few health benefits, drinking too much alcohol can have lots of negative health effects, including injuries, depression, anxiety, liver disease, and high blood pressure. Not to mention devastating hangovers in the short term.
The only sure-fire way to avoid the negative effects of alcohol is to avoid drinking altogether. But if you know you’re going to be drinking and want to avoid feeling bad the next day, eating a meal before heading out is a good idea. Food keeps the alcohol in your stomach longer and slows the rate at which the alcohol is absorbed into the body, which means you'd need more alcohol to feel intoxicated (and hungover the next day).
When you eat something before drinking, it slows down alcohol’s rate of absorption, so you don't get drunk quickly. Eating a meal that includes protein, fat, and carbohydrates is ideal, as this combination will fill you up and get absorbed more slowly. Now that you know eating is an important part of drinking, here are 6 best foods to eat if you’re going to be drinking alcohol.
Bananas are high in potassium, which plays an important role in muscle function, blood pressure, nerve function, and fluid regulation. Our bodies tend to lose potassium when we drink alcohol (especially when drinking excessive amounts), so eating potassium-rich foods before drinking can help boost the amount in your body. Spinach, avocado, potatoes, milk, and yoghurt are also high in potassium and great to snack on before drinking.
Watermelon and cantaloupe are both great to consume before drinking because they contain a lot of water, which helps hydrate the body. Consuming watermelon and other hydrating foods can help prevent some of the dehydration that’s associated with alcohol consumption, . Melon is also full of essential electrolytes that can get depleted with alcohol consumption.
Salmon is rich in Vitamin B12, an important nutrient that’s often reduced with alcohol consumption. It’s also high in protein and healthy fats, both of which may slow the absorption of alcohol into the body.
4. GREEK YOGHURT
Plain yoghurt also slows the absorption of alcohol. In addition to protein, yoghurt also contains fats and carbohydrates, making it a nutritious food that’s filling, provides lots of energy, and doesn’t cause blood sugar fluctuations. Alcohol tends to make us crave food, but this can be prevented by a high protein snack.
Alcohol is a diuretic (to put it bluntly, it makes you pee) and can easily lead make you become dehydrated. For this reason, sipping a few glasses of water is one of the most important things you can do before drinking. In addition to drinking water, you can also eat water-rich foods like cucumber, strawberries, and lettuce.
High in protein, chicken digests fairly slowly and helps slow the rate of alcohol being absorbed into the body. Protein, along with fat and fibre, takes longer to digest which can help slow how quickly your blood alcohol level increases.