The holiday season is filled with parties and dinners, providing plenty of opportunity to have a drink (or two or three). With all the excitement, it is easy to lose track of how many drinks you have had. While drinking can be festive and relaxing, drinking too much can cause illness and misery. Did you know that eating before you drink slows down the process of getting drunk? Eating protein, in particular, helps to slow the progression of alcohol into your system. Consider protein-based foods such as red meat, white meat, poultry, fish, beans, dairy products, nuts, and seeds before drinking. Meals containing heavily protein-based foods can help you enjoy a few drinks, without some of the negative effects of alcohol.
If you are hosting a party, have protein rich foods available for your guests. Light snacks such as bean dips; cheese and crackers; plates of cold cuts, like turkey or salami; trail mixes; and mixed nuts are great. For heavier h’orderves, I suggest shrimp cocktail, chicken skewers, meat kabobs, tacos, soups or chilies. For main courses, think about serving pasta with ground meats, chicken breast, fish filets, roasts, meat loafs, vegetarian loafs, or casseroles.
Also, drink plenty of water. Alcohol dehydrates the body and chemically causes water lose with each alcoholic beverage consumed. My rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol I consume. You will be happier in the morning when you don’t have a headache or wake up feeling like you have been hit by a truck. Have a safe holiday season!
Dr. Daemon Jones