How To Be The Last Man Standing In A Drink-a-thon

You’ve probably heard the expression it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Never has an expression held truer than when embarking on a long day (or night) of drinking. There are several reasons why you should pace yourself. A) When all other dudes drop like flies, you’ll be the guy girls go to to get off. B) You get to billboard the sh*t out of everyone else – let your inner artist fly. C) Bragging rights. So, if any or all of those things appeal to you then you need to read on…

Try not to start too early.

Sure, happy hour practically always sounds like an awesome idea, especially after an extensive work week, but this is a sure-fire downfall for many. A pint and a plate of wings can turn into pitchers and shots before you even know what’s happened, nearly always leading to an early night. You can drink early, or drink later; trying to do both will usually end up in some slightly embarrassing sloppiness.

Eat something with bread every 3-4 hours.

Excuses such as, “I didn’t have time,” or “I need to catch up,” shouldn’t ever fly, as this is one of the worst mistakes people somehow still continue to make. Without anything to soak up the booze, you’ll be tanked faster than a 16-year-old after Junior Prom, which really doesn’t do anything for your chances with the blonde new hire who happens to sit next to you at the office.

Mix in a water every hour or so.

No, it’s not a joke. We’re not saying to start pounding glasses of water in between every drink (especially if you’re drinking light beer), but hydrating a little in between parties or bars is an amazing way to regain your footing and catch that second (or third) wind. This offsets the effects of the alcohol, and also helps avoid a paralyzing headache the next morning.

Avoid multiple shots at once.

Nothing delivers the KO punch like an ill-conceived series of shots taken too close together. Especially once time starts to lose all meaning, you’re even more susceptible to this, so at least making an attempt to avoid throwing back three consecutive shots of Jagermeister will most likely work out in your favor.

Know your alcohol contents.

This consistently goes overlooked, especially for people who usually consume the same two or three types of drinks in a typical night out. If you’re a beer drinker, pay attention to the differences between light beer and something such as an IPA, which could take you down pretty quickly, even at 7% alcohol. Shots of straight alcohol will leave you woozy much faster than mixed ones, so watch out for that as well. Also, mixed drinks are never an exact science, depending on the recipe, as well as the bartender, so try to resist assuming anything is constant.

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