For people who are always having a tough time with hangovers.
Have you been drinking strong alcoholic beverages everyday?
In this article we will introduce how to effectively drink “water”, an effective beverage for hangovers.
Effective ways to drink water to avoid a hangover
1. Why is water good for hangovers?
The amount of alcohol in your blood, and how much your body can break it down determines how intoxicated you are. If you ingest too much alcohol at once, your liver will not be able to break it down, resulting in a hangover.
By drinking water, you can lower the concentration of alcohol in your blood. Drinking plenty of water makes is easier for your liver to break down alcohol, making it easier for the body to avoid hangovers.
2. Effective ways to drink alcohol to avoid hangovers
It is said that an alcohol content of 5% is the limit to not get a hangover.
○Alcohol content of popular drinks
- Beer about 5%
- Wine 10〜15%
- Japanese Sake about 15%
- Shochu about 25%
- Whisky about 40%
Since all drinks besides beer is above 5%, mixing water or drinking water as a “chaser” with them will help prevent hangovers.
Wine and Sake are brewed alcoholic beverages, which are easier to get hangovers from, so be careful.
○Effective ways to drink water
When drinking water with alcoholic beverages,
- Split with water
- Drink + chaser
There are 2 ways to drink water. Although you are ingesting water both ways, splitting the drink with water is more effective concerning preventing hangovers. Compared to splitting the drink with water, which helps the body absorb water and alcohol at the same time, drinking water as a chaser lets the alcohol reach the stomach faster than water. The highly concentrated alcohol is absorbed before water, raising the alcohol concentration inside the blood, thus making it easier to get a hangover.
But either ways are much more effective in preventing hangovers than just drinking on the rocks.
If you can not drink water along with alcohol, we recommend
- Drinking water before drinking
- Drinking water in between drinking
- Drinking water before you go to sleep
Also, if you are drinking with many people, we recommend ordering drinks by the bottle, along with a “splitting set (a set of water or tea along with ice)”. This way, you can adjust the amount of alcohol concentration depending on your condition.
If you are not feeling good or feeling that you are becoming intoxicated, try to thin out the alcohol with water.
3. Effective types of water
Water that contains plenty of oxygen. It can help relieve hangovers caused by the lack of oxygen. It is said that oxygen ingested along with water reaches your blood quicker compared to breathing.
Water that contains plenty of hydrogen. Hydrogen removes active oxygen, and supports breaking down alcohol. Since the water molecules are small the body absorbs it quickly, preventing hangovers.
・Deep sea water
Water that contains plenty of minerals from the deep sea. It helps resupply minerals that have been excreted out of the body due to alcohol.
Water is separated into “soft water” and “hard water”. It is said that soft water is more easily absorbed by Japanese people.
You can also split drinks with carbonated water. But although carbonated water does help thin out alcohol concentration the same way as water, carbonated water is said to speed up the absorption of alcohol. Regular water is more effective concerning preventing hangovers.
Splitting drinks with fruit juice is also effective for hangovers. Sugars contained in fruit juices prevent hangovers caused by low blood sugar. But fruit juices may take away the alcohol flavor in the drink, allowing you to drink too much, so be careful.
Splitting your drink with water, or ordering a “splitting set” may help prevent you from getting hangovers. Since there are many kinds of water available these days, it may be good to find the type of water that suits you the most.
We hope you enjoyed “Effective ways to drink water to avoid a hangover”
Thank you for reading.