Do you love to drink, but often wake up hung-over? It’s never a great feeling when you need to take ibuprofen or Tylenol just to feel okay, and in a worst case scenario you may end up sick in bed, perhaps needing to take a day off from work. Getting trapped in the shame chamber is not fun for anyone, and as you get older, you may find that your hangovers get more and more severe. There are obvious things that you can do like drinking lots of water when you get home, or taking a to mitigate the hangover, but if you’ve been slamming beer and bourbon all night, there’s only so much you can do to help yourself out.
Another strategy that may work for some people is avoiding beer and dark spirits altogether. Nutritionists are finding that for some people, the yeast content in beer and the high level of found in whiskey, tequila and rum make for a more vicious hangover than gin, vodka and certain kinds of wine. Red wine, which is renowned for its ability to cause hangovers, has an extremely high level of congeners, which are a byproduct of the fermentation product.
The next time you hire a mobile bar for an event – is a great option for any event – consider stocking the bar with high-end vodka, gin and white wines with low congener content. Especially if it is a staff party or a corporate networking event, the attendees may find themselves less wounded than usual at work the next morning and thank you.
If you’re looking at this all from a purely dietary perspective, you may find benefits as well. It’s likely that you’ve heard of the candida diet – a modern holistic health trend – which suggests that the amount of yeast and other crap that we put in our body inhibits the ability of our guts to process food and drains valuable energy from our bodies. If you stick to dry white wine and gin high-balls, you may feel less hung-over, but you might also feel better on a day-to-day basis: at the gym, at work and in bed with your partner.
Within the realm of clear liquor, keep in mind that you can still make delicious gin and vodka Martinis with olive juice and a splash of vermouth. Because all craft their product with a different set of botanicals (juniper berries is the common denominator), even a gin and soda with a slice of lemon can be a flavourful and refreshing drink. Dry ciders, which are becoming more and more popular can also be a good option if you’re looking for something to sip on at the bar with your friends. Some guys with an anachronistic sense of masculinity may think that cider is girly, but this is a pretty closed-minded way to look at things. Plus, lots of craft brewers are jumping on the dry cider train as gluten-free becomes a more pervasive dietary trend (okay, okay, a legit allergy as well) in our culture.
We’re not necessarily advocating you go gluten free, but try out a no-dark-spirits quest and see how it treats you.