En­joy your of­fice party – with­out the han­gover

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, Nu­tri­tional Health Coach and Vega Al­lergy Tester based at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wexford 053 9121613 | clairm1@eir­com.net | www.nat­u­ral­health­store.ie

It’s the time of the year for the Christ­mas of­fice and work par­ties. Here are some tips to help en­sure that you en­joy your night with­out a nasty han­gover the next day.

The most im­por­tant thing you need to do is to make sure to eat some­thing be­fore you start drink­ing. There is re­search to sup­port the the­ory that a full stom­ach helps to slow down the ef­fects of al­co­hol. And a hearty break­fast the next morn­ing that con­tains healthy fats will re­duce the symp­toms of a han­gover.

Aim to drink a glass of wa­ter with each al­co­holic drink. Take Milk This­tle Com­plex be­fore go­ing out for a meal or drinks, then when you come home in the evening, and again in the morn­ing. It will help pro­tect your liver, and re­duce the ef­fects of a han­gover.

Nux Vom is a home­o­pathic rem­edy that can of­fer re­lief for a queasy sick stom­ach af­ter over in­dulging. An­other favourite is Char­coal tablets. Sev­eral cus­tomers who would nor­mally have bad hang­overs told me that they take char­coal be­fore go­ing out and that they have no han­gover the next day. I saw a pro­gram re­cently where they gave one group Starflower Oil omega oil be­fore go­ing out par­ty­ing. The sec­ond group had a placebo. The ones who took Starflower Oil had fewer symp­toms the next day. None of these are sci­en­tif­i­cally proven yet, but they might be worth a try.

Re­mem­ber, the rec­om­men­da­tions are 14 units per week and not in one night! How much will you drink? There are 2.3 units in a 175ml glass of white wine, 2 units in a pint of beer, and 1 unit in a mea­sure of vodka.

Ac­cord­ing to Drink Aware a pint of beer has 215 calo­ries, 175ml of wine has 159, (this is ap­prox. de­pend­ing on the wine you choose) and a glass of spir­its has 60 calo­ries with­out the mixer. Plus al­co­hol does ac­tu­ally cause you to eat more. So if you’re watch­ing your weight, ex­tra al­co­hol won’t help!

Al­co­hol con­tains con­geners which con­trib­ute to hang­overs. The darker the colour of the al­co­hol the more con­geners present. Even though red wine has more con­geners than white, it’s still con­sid­ered the bet­ter op­tion when it comes to pro­tect­ing your heart. In mod­er­a­tion of course!

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