How To Keep From Throwing Up After Drinking
How To Keep From Throwing Up After Drinking? It happens all too often – you’re out with friends, maybe at a party, and someone offers you an alcoholic beverage. You know that it’s going to be bad for you, but you can’t help yourself — you take a big gulp, and suddenly you’re in the bathroom puking up everything you ate that day and every other food item you’ve ever eaten. What happened?
There are many reasons why this might happen. Your immune system may have been compromised by illness; you may be suffering from anxiety or depression; you may be taking medications that make you drowsy; or you simply didn’t eat enough before drinking because you were busy chatting up people (and there was no time for dinner). It could also be caused by alcohol itself. Some studies show as little as two drinks can cause nausea.
Whatever the reason, if you find yourself throwing up repeatedly after having one drink, here are some tips on how to prevent it.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, not just when you go out. Water hydrates your cells and flushes toxins through your kidneys. Alcohol dehydrates you. When you drink alcohol, most of the fluid is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it gets whisked away to your liver. The liver then converts the ethanol into fatty acids, which get sent to your muscles to use for energy. In short, the only thing getting flushed out of your system is the alcohol.
If you drink heavily, you’ll need even more water than usual. And while we’re talking about staying hydrated, try to avoid sugary drinks like soda, especially during hot weather. They contain high amounts of fructose, which increases blood sugar levels. This leads to insulin resistance and diabetes, among other health problems. Stick to plain seltzer water with natural flavors instead.
Eat well-balanced meals beforehand. Eating a meal containing carbohydrates will give your digestive system something to work on before you start drinking. Avoid heavy foods like chips and candy bars. Eat smaller meals over longer periods of time. A good rule of thumb is to eat five times per day. If you skip breakfast, do so between 10 AM and noon. Have a protein source such as eggs or yogurt around 3 PM. Snack on fruit or veggies between 5 PM and 6PM. Dinner should be light and balanced, with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins like fish, poultry or nuts, legumes, etc.
Avoid caffeine and nicotine in the afternoon and evening. Caffeine raises heart rate and blood pressure, and nicotine constricts veins in your face and makes them appear pinched. Both substances relax smooth muscle tissues, including those in your esophagus (which is what causes acid reflux) and stomach. So they may make you feel relaxed, but they won’t protect your delicate gastrointestinal tract against damage from excess alcohol consumption.
Get plenty of sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps restore the lining of your intestines and prevents overeating. It also keeps stress hormones low, which reduces appetite. Sleep deprivation has been shown to increase susceptibility to infection and inflammation, and research shows that it impairs memory function.
Take breaks. Try to limit your alcohol intake to 2 drinks/hour. That means a six pack would take you four hours to finish. Or pace yourself. Don’t drink until you feel drunk. Instead, drink small sips of clear liquids to rehydrate. Get plenty of rest. Refrain from “hair of the dog” or drinking more to “feel better.” Give your stomach and body a break and don’t drink again the night after a vomiting episode. Take ibuprofen to relieve pain.
Don’t mix booze with other drugs. Taking tranquilizers, sleeping pills, or stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamines with alcohol can kill brain cells.
Keep tabs on your weight gain. Excess pounds put added strain on your organs, particularly your liver. Overweight people who regularly consume large quantities of alcohol are three times more likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver than their thinner counterparts.
Have fun! Being miserable doesn’t stop hangovers. Sure, you might want to vomit, but sometimes being happy feels way better. Even though you might think that partying hard is the answer, remember that you’re trying to improve your overall quality of life.
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