The clocks are going back, the disco balls are descending from the ceiling; you’re brushing last year’s vomit off your sparkly heels. It’s not quite Christmas but party season starts this week with the start of November. Late nights and dinners of canapés, crisps, Prosecco and beer are about to take your social calendar by storm. So how do you survive the next few months? We have some useful tips for you…
Make A Plan
I know this may not sound like a particularly spontaneous way of enjoying your Christmas season, but nobody has to know. Decide what you intend to drink, how much you plan to drink (one drink per hour is always a good guide – sipped, not gulped), and what time you plan to go home – and book a minicab to ensure it. Having a plan in your head will make it much easier to stay on track and make you less inclined to fall into temptation and inevitable regret.
Balance Out The Booze
While it might be your routine to have a glass or two of bubbly while you are getting ready to go out, these are quite often forgotten units of alcohol If you know that you will be going out and having more drinks later on, then use this time before to balance everything out with some goodness. Nibble on some healthy snacks and prevent alcohol from being absorbed too quickly into your bloodstream.
Choose Your Poison Wisely
The decisions made when looking at a drinks menu should be similar to those made when reading a food menu. Of course, all alcoholic drinks are highly calorific, but you can make smart choices. The best advice we could give is to keep your choices simple. Sticking to a glass of wine (red has lower sugar content on average than white), which contains anywhere between 100 and 150 calories, is much better than a mixed drink, which can be loaded with hidden sugars and unwanted calories. If you’re not a wine lover, then a light beer or a mixed drink with a clean mixer (sparkling water, fresh lemon juice, diet tonic) is a lot better. Steer well clear of mixing anything with fruit-juice concentrate, sweet creams, non-diet soda, anything caffeine-laden and flavoured syrups. Whatever you decide to drink, stick to the same choice throughout the party and ensure you finish one drink before ordering a refill so that you can keep close track of everything you consume. Finally, try to pace yourself by alternating between one alcoholic drink and a glass of water. Staying hydrated will really help you drink less alcohol, and if you can, snack throughout the night on the healthiest options available.
It has been clinically proven that alcohol inhibits sleep, yet when you get home from a fun-fuelled party, often your bed is the first place you want to go. Before letting your head hit the pillow, there are a few important things you need to do to kickstart the detoxification process and help the morning’s hangover. The most important thing to remember is that a hangover is caused by dehydration, so now is the time to give your body everything required to prevent this from happening. Firstly, pour yourself a large glass of water. Secondly, eat a banana to help restore your potassium levels. The loss of this mineral when drinking alcohol contributes to the dehydration symptoms of a hangover. Then get plenty of sleep to wake up revived and ready to start again!
Restore Your Body
Because alcohol has a diuretic effect, you can lose a lot of vitamins and nutrients while drinking it – most importantly, vitamins B and C. It is important to restore your body with these the next day. When it comes to what you should eat, nutritionists are divided in opinion. While some believe eggs are a good option, others suggest fructose-containing foods like apples, bananas and pears. Another camp believes bland, simple carbohydrates such as rice and toast are the best option. Whichever food you choose, ensure it is as nutrient-dense as possible. Stocking up on a stodgy full English breakfast might feel good at the time, but it will leave you feeling bloated and lethargic afterwards. Finally, although it may be the last thing you want to hear when you have a hangover, light exercise (a brisk walk or yoga) will make you feel better faster. It increases the flow of oxygen to your cells, raising your metabolic rate, and therefore speeding up the detoxification of harmful compounds in your body.
Although all of the above sounds good in theory in practice things may not be as simple with work and further parties to attend – what’s important to remember is everything is good in moderation – so eat, drink and be merry and enjoy the party season it will be January before we know it! We hope to see you at some of our venues.