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Alcoholic Effects

Alcohol like all other substances we eat or drink must undergo digestion or metabolization in the body. This means that the body breaks the alcohol into smaller parts that it can utilize. The amount of alcohol in the blood should not exceed a certain level, when it crosses this, the amount of blood cells present to carry the oxygen decreases creating a carbon dioxide build up in the blood.

Blood contamination due to alcohol

One has to avoid this situation even when one does not consume alcohol. Eating unhealthy foods and breathing polluted air will cause the blood carbon dioxide levels to increase leading to dizziness and health problems. Alcohol hastens the process of contamination of the blood and too much could lead to a total breakdown of the metabolic activities. The person loses consciousness and may suffer low to severe dehydration.

Different tests for alcohol levels

Escape of the alcohol from the body occurs in the form of sweat, breath, and urine or as waste material. Long-term drinkers will also have traces of alcohol in their hair. So, it possible to determine the levels by testing:

·      Hair
·      Blood
·      Urine
·      Saliva
·      Breath

Breathalyzer detects the alcohol content in the breath. It detects up to 24 hours after consumption of alcohol. Blood tests will show the alcohol content only for 12 hours while the urine test shows the alcohol 3-5 days after consumption. Saliva tests show varied results with period varying from 1-5 days.

Time required for removing alcohol

The blood carries the alcohol and breaks it down or sends it out. The amount of alcohol the blood can filter in an hour is 0.015. This means if the person has 0.15 level of alcohol concentration, then it will take 10 hours for the blood to remove all the alcohol completely.

Physical Conditions

This rate will slow down if the person is aged or has medical conditions that slow the metabolic rate. Fat people who are fat will find that the alcohol stays longer. In addition, if one has eaten food the rate of absorption or release of the alcohol from the body changes.

Type of the Drink

Normally, colored drinks like rum or whisky tend to linger longer than colorless liquor like gin or vodka. Ingesting the drink slowly will help to overcome drunkenness and digest the alcohol faster. The body will take about 3 hours to break down 300 ml of wine.

Strength of the drink

The time taken will depend on the strength of the drink, the type of the drink and the speed with which one drinks it. Beer has lower alcohol content normally; the body will process it fast. If one speeds up the drinking process, does not take breaks between drinks and does not drink water then the alcohol content in the blood will build up fast.

The time taken in this case will also be more. Hard liquor will also remain in the body longer because it is more concentrated. The body expels about 10% of the alcohol in the form of sweat. Sweating will decrease the amount of alcohol in the blood soon. If a person exercises, it will make him sweat and the alcohol content will decrease rapidly.

Beneficial effects of Alcohol

Limiting the amount of drinks can lead to better health and lifestyle levels. Men should try to keep their daily intake to 30-40 ml while women should restrict theirs to about 20—30 ml. Taking limited amounts of alcohol will help the metabolism and improve the overall physical disposition of the person.

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Safe Drinking Tips

“Deliberations about drinking, the quality of wines and how they compare with beer got me drinking in the first place.”

Consumption of alcohol is one pastime that is widely accepted among people. Everyone drinks but the problem arises when the consumption goes beyond limits. In fact, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol can aid your digestion and give you better sleep. There is no magic in drinking or in giving it up, the magic lies in the changing from one end to the other. Let us see how the drinking goes out of control and what the methods are to rectify these conditions.

Getting the information through

The first thing one must do is to raise the awareness of the people. One may achieve this through:

  • Education
  • Informational pamphlets
  • Regular broadcasts on the television
  • Including health education programs in the television shows

School students need to be educated about the good and bad effects of drinking alcohol. They have to understand what the problem is and why one needs to take action when necessary. They should also have an idea of the ways to correct any social or psychological problems that may arise out of drinking so that their cooperation remains assured if they are to face a similar problem.

On the part of the government, they can arrange broadcasts that show how excessive drinking can damage the person’s health, destroy the opportunities and subsequently have a detrimental effect on the nation’s economy. Including shows that show people, who successful change themselves over time, should prove to be inspirational.

One could also include it in regular health shows or make separate shows that detail out the methods by which, the individual makes the difference through his or her contribution.

Prohibiting underage drinking

This condition is most important; keeping a check on the health is vital. Children are growing all the time and any imbalance in their constitution will result in improper growth and unbalanced hormone levels. Further, the metabolism suffers a shock because of unnecessary drinking leading to digestive problems later on in life.

Underage drinkers are often unable to control their emotions when they drink. It is natural since their body has not yet acclimatized to rough and tough menus. This makes them behave irresponsibly in public.

The amount of alcohol your body can safely handle is about 30ml per day. This is because the body makes alcohol for its own purpose. If you imbibe excess alcohol, the body will imagine something is wrong with the metabolism and begin to fight the excess within.

  • Participation in combating alcohol related crime
  • Increasing awareness

Use educative pamphlets and study material in schools available so that the young people understand the all the harm that can happen. Secondly, provide information about the way the alcohol affects the brain and why one needs to be very alert when one has had a drink.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder arises from insecurity. One could also say that addiction is similar to this in that drinking is not a regular routine activity.  When this pastime activity takes on obsessive proportions, it usually leads to violence or irresponsible behavior on the part of the drinker.

Making Health Treatment Available

Find out what the treatment facilities are at the local clinic.

  • Councilors
  • Medication
  • Hospital care
  • Enumerating the types and range of facilities available

Councilors are best for resolving the problems that the habitual drinker faces. They will advise the person on the manner they may reduce the consumption, improve their health through better diet control and exercises and build better relations so that they are socially better off and so one. If the person has gone beyond the self-help stage then hospitalization is necessary. This means that regular counseling from the doctor is necessary in addition to drugs to help the patient fight the addiction.

Getting the opinion of the people who drink regularly

One way to tackle the problem is get the advice of the people who actually drink. They will let on the kinds of problems they face and the things that actually work.

  • Increasing home facilities
  • Linking savings to abstinence
  • Help for addicts and homeless people

Among the things that matter, facility for treatment should be available in the homes. Proper access to medicines and treatment is the best way to cure any ailments and provide relief for the person suffering from the addiction.

Training the staff

One should have trained personnel to take care of those who need it. Use of proper medicines and techniques will aid the quick recovery of the person. If one can afford it, one should employ private nurses to take care of the patient.

Special Care for drunkards

Drunkards often face the psychological aspect in the ‘cure’ process and stumble at this point. Socially, they will be able to put up a brave front, but their minds are still confused and they are unable to make the proper decisions at the right time. One may overcome this through counseling and sticking to proper routines. Keep drinking and you lose, quit and begin winning.

Getting the Manufacturers support

Looking the horse’s teeth in the mouth is not advisable for any situation. However, here, one can avail of the support of the manufacturers up to a certain point.

  • Labeling the drinks
  • Avoid advertising that promotes unnecessary drinking
  • Use of safe material for bottling

If the drinks have all the information on them regarding the alcohol content, it will help. They could avoid overtly aggressive advertisements since these are the things that encourage binge drinking and female drinking. Of course, when one has said everything, there is the question of having safe and approved packing. This is an assurance that in the end there will no other effects of your drinking. Trying is not the exercise, because everyone is a trier, but when one has reached the end of the road, one realizes that one has wasted plenty of time and money on something that did not matter anyway.

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There are general thumb rules for pairing food and wine: ‘White wines go with white meat’ meaning that one has champagne with fish and chicken dishes. I pair all wines with all dishes and come up with nothing. Fill them up here.

  • Main course – Sparkling wine, Rose,
  • Cheese dishes – Dry Rose, Chardonnay
  • Sauces and dressings—Sauvignon Blanc
  • Salty food – Champagne, slightly acidic wines
  • Fish, saucy dishes – Chardonnay, Brut Champagne
  • Herbs, herby dishes – Vermentino
  • Fruits and desserts—Moscato d’Asti
  • Sweet and spicy dishes –Dry Riesling, slightly sweet wine
  • Light dishes of fish – Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde
  • Heavy spicy food – Malbec, sweet wines
  • Succulent meat dishes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Mousses – Zinfandel
  • Mushrooms—Pinot Noir

What the saying means is that if the food is spicy, one should opt for a sweet wine. If the food has real juicy meat then one should opt a wine that refreshes the mouth. This is also true for the desserts and sweets.

Therefore, it is good to have a view about how wines are classified. The first broad classification is that they are reds or they are whites. After this comes the body of the wine as they are heavy or light.

Classification
 Example
 Heavy reds  Port, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
 Light Reds  Pinot Noir, Beaujolais
 Medium Reds  Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc
 Light White  Champagne, Pinot Gris, Chablis
 Medium and heavy whites  White Burgundy, Chardonnay

The idea of pairing is to keep the food just the shade heavier than the wine and make sure the wine has enough weight not to be completely lost.

One should always maintain an open outlook on all matters and an open bottle for all occasions. The pairing is not strictly the rule and one may choose the wine that is available instead of waiting two hours while it is procured from across the town. The other factors that play a role are:

  • Acidity

This is the property of the wine to cause the mouth to water. This stimulates the appetite and if you pair this kind of wine with a dish that is also acidic, your senses will perceive the other tastes present in the food.

  • Sweetness

One may determine the sweetness by the amount of sugar left in the wine. If not all the sugar becomes alcohol during the fermentation process then the wine will taste slightly sweet.

  • Bitterness

Bitterness occurs due to tannins in wine. You can pair bitter wines with dishes that are high in protein and fat. In addition, the effect of grilling and blackening through roasting will give the food the right edge to balance the bitterness of the wine.

Wining like all other arts transcends borders of custom and some wines that are reserved for certain dishes in some countries may find their place among other dishes in other countries. What matters is the satisfaction that comes through dining and of the fulfillment of the senses. Here are some pairings for beginners.

  • Stilton cheese – sweet port
  • Vintage Brut Champagne – Hot spicy Asian cuisine
  • Red meat – hard cheeses, Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Beef (roasted or simple) – Merlot Shiraz
  • Chocolate – Port, Muscat
  • Spicy Chicken – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chicken in cream sauce –White Burgundy
  • Pasta—Riserva Chianti
  • Lamb – Red Bordeaux
  • Fish in lemon sauce – Sauvignon Blanc

For keeping the taste buds alive, you should achieve the perfect match. If there is a slight imbalance in either the selection or the cooking of the dish, it could spell disaster. Generally, you may match acidic wines with acidic foods. If the food is light then select a light wine. Remember cream does not mix with acidic wines. Use a dry wine if the food is rich and fatty.

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How to Make Wine from a Kit or DIY http://mcohol.com/how-to-make-wine-from-a-kit-or-diy/ http://mcohol.com/how-to-make-wine-from-a-kit-or-diy/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:45:40 +0000 http://mcohol.com/?p=1071 First Start with the Ingredients before you take a look at the method of preparation. Do a quick run through of the procedures it will shed light on the best approach you must take. There are some easy methods available where wine making does not require any effort. To make wine that you like, it ...

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Home Made wine

First Start with the Ingredients before you take a look at the method of preparation. Do a quick run through of the procedures it will shed light on the best approach you must take. There are some easy methods available where wine making does not require any effort. To make wine that you like, it is necessary to be familiar with the taste of different types available.

Steps Necessary

Collect Ingredients (2—3 days)

  • Fruit, sugar, yeast, water
  • Bottling jar, lid for the container

Add sugar and yeast (1 day)

  • More sugar, sweeter wine
  • More yeast, rich dry wine

Bottle ingredients (stir every 3 days, till wine stops bubbling)

  • Let gas out every now and then, stir the ingredients for the first couple of days, recap for better fermentation

Let Wine rest for weeks if not months

  • Longer it sits, better it tastes

Add water and serve

  • It is highly concentrated and will taste better with water

Thrill of the DIY method

Be strict in following procedure. There are two methods of creating wine. One is to go the long route and start with the fruits that form the base for the wine. The second faster method is to get a mix and add water.

One can also use a pre-mixed juice concentrate that lets you reduce the time for preparation. That is as far as the differentiation will go when one considers the starting point.

Now, there is process of creation and this will vary according to the method employed. The time also will increase or reduce and the costs will stop at the degree of purity that one requires for his or her wine.

Go all the way with the correct equipment

Use large 2-gallon bucket with lid. Alternatively, you can purchase glass containers from DIY kit suppliers. They will give everything, including the instructions needed to proceed. Use only the amount prescribed; using too much or too little will spoil the fine quality of the wine.

It is important to keep the identity of the wine intact. This means if you are using grapes, you must stick with one brand. Next, different fruits require different amounts of sugar or honey. If one alters the amount of sugar or the yeast, the wine will taste either dry or sweet depending on what occurred.

Difference of Commercial Processes

Commercial processes employ large drums and the process has systematization that works with clockwork like precision. The resulting output has a standard taste and smell and is the brand. Each brand has its characteristic icon as well as following.

Cap it on Again to keep it all in
Let us retrace the path once again.

First, we prepare the must. Must is the juice that we want to convert into wine. Choose your fruit – it may be something available seasonally, or it may something that grows in your garden. The most common fruit or the first choice is the grape. In commercial sectors, you can see the crushing of the grapes occurs using bare feet. In home, you can do it using a crusher or blender. Do not make the entire thing watery but leave it firm enough, as this will help the fermentation process.

Next, we add the yeast. This is point when the entire thing takes off. Yeast will begin the fermentation process and bubbles will form. Let the gas escape each morning, if you do not do this, your container will explode. All this occurs on the first few days.

Add sugar and let the wine sit for at least two to three weeks. This brings the tannins out and lets the yeast convert all the fruity starch into alcohol.

In order to get the best output, do the steps without any haste. Keep doing each step after the prescribed amount of time, so that you get good results.

Different Grapes Give Different Wine

Always be sure to use only those ingredients that are necessary, this will make your wine taste better. In domestic circles, one needs to use those items that do not spoil easily. The process is long drawn and if one is not careful with the hygiene, bacterial infections could spoil the party before you have started it.

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Our parents make life simple for us, they do not ask for wine either. Thinking about it, a corkscrew simplifies things a lot; the fans make a lot of breeze and imagine the plight of those who have no fan! Like as we discussed below, one just has to keep looking – and looking – and …er, have a sip.

Yes, let up open up and spill the wine before we dine. The challenge then was to find things around the house that would make the bottle speak, er… squeak, er …never mind. Get on with the work.

Let us Begin the Action

When I am without the ways and means to uncork the bottle, these are a few of my favorite things that come to my mind.

  • First the screw
  • Rope it in
  • Use Corn cob holders
  • Hammer and Nail Technique
  • Push the cork in
  • Have a towel handy

First the screw
Did we miss something here? No, right, the screw. Take a common screw or one that comes with the bike hanger and push it in. It makes a handy stand-in for the corkscrew.

Rope it in
Now, check the laces or the strong sturdy rope – loop it around the top of the cork and knot it. Grab the rest of it and heave ho!

Use Corn cob holders
Corn cob holders have three small pins to grab and butter the hot corns. Use these too slowly unscrew the top of your bottle.

Hammer and Nail Technique
Finishing nails are small and they are useful, for us who have left the corkscrew at home. Drive or tap gently to fix a couple of them in the cork. Now use a hammer to lever the nails and the cork out.

Push the cork in
One method goes against the grain; pushing the cork in may be easier than pulling them out. Coming in out of the rain, is tough, nothing left in town. You can help by drilling a hole in the center with a thin pin.

Have a towel handy
Last but not the least, we wrap the entire bottom of the bottle inside a large towel. Now gentle thumping motion will bring the cork out.

Alternative Psychology

  • Coat hanger
  • Use gentle Knife twists
  • Bicycle pump to relieve pressure

Coat hanger
Coat hangers can be twisted to fashion a hook, a small one that will lever the unyielding obstacle out of place; you can always put the coat under the mattress. (Place a sign saying ‘Look in the loft’). Never mind the song and dance, now where did I put my wine?

Use gentle Knife twists
Using sharp objects is not tactful, but in practice, if you caught behind the eight ball, you can always use the knife – gently pressed until the blade grips the cork, and twist the cork out, inch by unyielding inch.

Bicycle pump to relieve pressure
Now did you hear the one about jumping jack and his bicycle? No? Tell me about it if you do. Use any small hand pump and a syringe to increase the pressure inside the bottle. The cork eases out. Now you can grab it with the pliers and ply.

 

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How To Protect Your Liver If You Drink Alcohol http://mcohol.com/how-to-protect-your-liver-if-you-drink-alcohol/ http://mcohol.com/how-to-protect-your-liver-if-you-drink-alcohol/#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:37:00 +0000 http://mcohol.com/?p=1040 Drink and the world rejoices, sways and often skedaddles to the ground. The blood pounds in the ears, and breathing becomes labored. The alcohol inside the body does not have an escape route. Liver is the Big One Let us examine whether there is one. The liver is constantly purifying the blood while providing more ...

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Protect Liver Damage From Drinking Alcohol

Drink and the world rejoices, sways and often skedaddles to the ground. The blood pounds in the ears, and breathing becomes labored. The alcohol inside the body does not have an escape route.

Liver is the Big One

Let us examine whether there is one. The liver is constantly purifying the blood while providing more red blood cells and providing supportive function to the digestive system. Big deal! It is the second biggest organ after the skin and it is perhaps the most important one. The better the liver, the better is the life of the person; one should spend some time thinking about it and doing something about it.

Intoxication know about it

Intoxication happens when the alcohol level in the blood increases beyond a certain level. Occasional drinkers will know the sluggish feeling they experience the day after. Regular drinkers will not be aware of this, but they will experience a host of symptoms that indicate that their liver is undergoing a lot of torture.

Damage to the Liver

There are different kinds of damages that can occur to the liver. One is scarring, another is inflammation and of course, there is always liver cancer. Cells of the liver undergo irrevocable damage leading to scarring. When infection sets in the liver gets bloated and leads to complications. Repeated infections could lead to liver cancer.

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Protection for the liver

How to protect the liver

·      Drink water
·      Drink limited amounts of alcohol
·      Use medication only if you are not drunk
·      Eat healthy food
·      Eat fruits and fibres
·      Include herbs that promote health
·      Take breaks if you feel your health deteriorating

Alcohol causes dehydration; it also prevents the formation of glutathione, an enzyme that helps detoxify the body. Milk thistle helps produce glutathione. Consuming this along with water or fruit juices will help the body flush out the toxins faster. Drinking is fun when there is some thrill in it. Drinking for the sake of drinking only worsens the attitude one has towards drinking and towards one’s friends. Keeping your drinks spaced apart by at least half an hour to one hour will let one enjoy the drink immensely. If you are on medication, make sure that consuming liquor will not interfere with the medicines. Some medicines, Tylenol in particular, cause damage to the internal organs if one has them with alcohol. Eating in between the drinks is healthy and refreshing too. An empty stomach means the blood will absorb the alcohol first. Organic foods lessen the chance that the food contains chemicals and other synthetic substances. Fruits and vegetables with lots of fiber help the metabolic activity of the body. Certain herbs like ginseng help boost the energy levels without being toxic. If one were to include regular exercises with the healthy food, then the person will have good energy levels and great attitude in life. Include several breaks in between your drinking sessions so that your body has a chance to recover and mend itself.

Dealing with Drunken Attitude

Of course, there is a list of escape lines for the drunkards too. Watch out for these lines and be firm when the person insists on making a break for it.

·      This drink has less alcohol
·      Drinking frequently does not matter
·      My friend makes me drunk
·      Nothing will happen to me

Arguments will usually get you nowhere, but if you have some distraction ready like a game or a show on the television, it might help. Be sure to let them have their tittle once in a while but let them realize that their health is much better now. This will let them modify their drinking frequency and turn a new leaf. If you get pains in the side after drinking there is a good chance that your liver has suffered damage. Check with the medical practitioner and stop drinking for a while at least. Take liver tonic after consulting with your physician.

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There are laws prohibiting under-age drinking and permitting home brewing in America. Each household is however, limited to a total of 200 gallons a year with a limit of 100 gallons per person. If you want more than that, you will have to visit your neighbour or invade the local pub.

Simplicity of making Beer

Making beer is a simple process and one just boils, stirs filters and waits. How long? A couple of months, and one does not want to wait that long. So, one makes beer in batches and stores them in a cool place to ferment. There will always be one batch ready to go, at any time!

How would you like your tea? With sugar, a little milk and no cream of course. Brewing beer is similar to this in many respects. You can also do it with an instant mix also if you want. Just put the mix in the beer machine and it will deliver the beer. If you want to make some with your own hands, here is the method.

Brewing your own Beer

Equipment to help you Begin

A large pot – 2 gallons
Straining Mesh or Cloth –1
Pot Stirrer –1

You guessed it; we are going to boil the malt. Then we strain it and cool it. Then we allow it to ferment. Then we drink beer.

Soaking pot –1
Chillers –all round
Fermenting Vessel –2
Strainer –big enough
Concentrated Malt extract
Yeast and hops
Capping Machine
Hydrometer

Creating the malt is the initial step. Here we choose some grain, mostly barley, and let it germinate. This takes place in the soaking pot and when one has the malt one sends it to the boiling pot. Most of the beer making science is acquired talent and so change any measurements or timings given here, to one of your liking.

If you are using a home-brewing kit, you will get a malt extract container along with it. This is sweet syrupy malt ready made for use. The yeast converts the sugars in the liquid wort to alcohol. You need to bottle up the container, because gas forms during the process of fermentation. Be sure to keep the entire process clean since the wort contaminates easily.

Fermentation

Fermentation occurs after cooling the boiled wort to room temperature and below, using chillers. One adds hops for two reasons – they help preserve the beer, they give it their characteristic bitter taste. Usually one uses two different kinds of hops, one a low quality one to start the process and one a slightly higher quality one to give the flavor to the drink.

Usually for a 3 lbs. can of malt extract, one will need 1 to 1 ½ oz. of ordinary hop. Add ½ oz. of superior variety hops and 1 packet of yeast. To this add 2-2 ½ cups of corn starch or sugar.  Add water and bring to boil. Set the wort aside to cool. Use chillers if you have them.

Cooling and Bottling

Use airtight containers to bottle the cooled liquid. In about one or two weeks time, bubbles will form inside the container. Siphon off the beer into bottles and add some sugar to aid in the fermentation process. Cap the bottles with a capping machine. These bottles now need to be aged. Set them aside, in some cool place for 7-8 weeks.

Remove the sediments using a straining cloth and cool the bottles in the fridge. You can get starter kits from your local store or order them online. They would cost around $85 to $170 roughly. Before you buy them, make sure that all the requisite items are included in the pack.

Checking the Beer

You can test the beer is tested using a hydrometer. This is a density-testing device. It tells how much of the liquid has become alcohol and how much is still in the starch form. Alcohol being lighter will float to the top. If you do not have a hydrometer, you can make a guess of the amount by looking at the lighter liquid floating on top.

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How to Cure a Hangover http://mcohol.com/how-to-cure-a-hangover/ http://mcohol.com/how-to-cure-a-hangover/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:10:44 +0000 http://mcohol.com/?p=998 13 Tips for Hangover Cure A♥ While there is nothing like a good 10-hour shut-eye over a full meal consisting of lots of bread, meat dishes and soups, some cannot stand (even the sight of) food, especially the morning after. It is for them that the rest of this article is all about. K♦ Choose ...

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13 Tips for Hangover Cure

A♥ While there is nothing like a good 10-hour shut-eye over a full meal consisting of lots of bread, meat dishes and soups, some cannot stand (even the sight of) food, especially the morning after. It is for them that the rest of this article is all about.

K♦ Choose your option, dance, sleep or talk: either way it will not keep the dull throb away. You head will seem as if it were falling off and you feel all queasy. Rapid movement increases the blood flow, and so people who jog regularly seldom find trouble dealing with hangovers.

Q♣ Avoid Medications like aspirin or Ibuprofen. These increase the aggravation and so the wise men do not take medicine. Aspirin makes the blood thinner while consuming Ibuprofen has caused bleeding in the stomach.

J♠ Take your vitamins – surefire way to combat the dehydration. Do so before you go to sleep and drink plenty of water and the morning sun will rise merry and beautiful.

10 ✿  Caffeine may be taste your hungry mind is longing for, but your body will be dehydrated even more. So desist! You will longer.

9 ✿   For those who have the foresight to stock fruit juices, it will be there for them. It is likely to spur your revival so fast that you will open bar very early that day.

8 ✿  Bathing and rinsing your eyes with water will help you locate the door better; heck! Somebody went and put the tap on the other side of the door.

7 ✿  Take foods and fruits rich in Vitamin C such as lime or oranges. It helps to rehydrate the body and remember to drink water; it helps.

6 ✿   My dearest friend who lives across town cures his hangover in a peculiar fashion. He waits for the neighbor’s dog to come out. The moment he sets his eyes on it, his cure is complete. The psyche behind it? Once upon a time, when they first moved in, my friend did not know that the dog had a favorite spot to pass urine. It was under the rose bushes and it was there he left his baseball cap after playing on the lawn. From then on, he could never wash the smell out of his cap and his anger cures him of his hangover ever time he sees the Chihuahua.

5 ✿   Sports drinks will bring down the ‘morning after’ feeling very effectively too. It is the water, and of course the vitamins. Remember, too much of proteins can send you running vigorously back to your bottle.

4 ✿  Hair of the Dog: Drink whatever you had the previous night, this may sound like a punishment, but is actually a cure. However, overdoing it may lead to a repeat episode of the same.

3 ✿  Sex is like a medicine for all things under the sun. If you like to swing it, then go ahead and have a ball.

2 ✿  Pepper and sugar: Make some sugar syrup and add lots of pepper to it. Add in some crushed ginger and heat the entire thing. Allow it to cool and take a spoonful of this when you are feeling down.

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How to Get Rid of Alcohol Breath http://mcohol.com/how-to-get-rid-of-alcohol-breath/ http://mcohol.com/how-to-get-rid-of-alcohol-breath/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:14:00 +0000 http://mcohol.com/?p=985 When you are feeling like a million dollars, having tucked in a couple of rounds of your favourite tipple, you probably smell like an overused pub during a busy weekday. The alcohol seeps into the blood, the brain and the digestive system and seeps out through the nostrils, the urine and the sweat. It takes ...

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How to Get Rid of Alcohol Breath – Breathalyzer

When you are feeling like a million dollars, having tucked in a couple of rounds of your favourite tipple, you probably smell like an overused pub during a busy weekday. The alcohol seeps into the blood, the brain and the digestive system and seeps out through the nostrils, the urine and the sweat. It takes time for the alcohol to get out of the body.

There are times in life like the morning-after, or when you have partied too hard in the morning, and have a meeting in the afternoon, when you need to freshen up. The party ‘spirit’ needs to be hushed up. It might be a meeting with friend, or something more important like a business get-together, one wishes to steer clear of the odour. Here are some tips to leave it all behind.

Tips to use when you are drinking

Eat plenty of snacks and appetizers

Nuts, veggie rolls, meat rolls or burgers, take your pick but make sure that are not drinking on an empty stomach. If you do so, the alcohol will seep into your blood faster and stay longer in your system.

Eating something gives the body something else to ‘think about’. It will concentrate on digesting the food. This break gives your body to slow down the absorption of alcohol, making the process tolerable.

Stick to one particular drink

Mixing drinks tells your brain that you are driving on the lane at different speeds. The alcohol content will change when you change the drink. The body, which was adapting to that ‘speed’, now suddenly has a change. It ‘asks’ the brain, ‘WTF?? What is going on?’ The brain is too busy revealing in the increased alcohol to care. This sends the metabolism into a tizzy, the rate slows down, the hunger disappears and temperatures suddenly alter without any warning.

If you stick with one drink, you are in complete control of your system. You can sense the changes, at least those that are responding, and you can adapt to the changes. Moreover, you will be able to drink more.

Beer will stink

Drinks like beer, which have carbonation, will cause you to burp often. This will reek of alcohol, in spite of having nuts or drinking juices. If you mix this with other alcoholic drinks, be sure to remember, you will stink until the next morning.

Colored drinks have more smell

Though this is generally true, there is no real cause for concern. Do not switch drinks and keep eating throughout the drinking episode.

Tips to avoid detection

Use mouth fresheners

Spicy toffees and peppermint will alter the smell in your mouth. You could also try some pills from the local pharmacist. Bentonite powder or charcoal caps are what you would get; people use them for their capacity to absorb smell.

Eat spicy food

Spicy food having garlic and onions, fish or meat dishes with lot of spice and chips will help mask the smell of alcohol.

Have a wash and brush

Shower and the alcohol seeping out through the pores of the skin will wash away. Brush your teeth and the smell will alter considerably.

Change your clothes

The fumes of alcohol clings to the dresses and will be noticeable to anyone who comes into your presence. Changing clothes will help you avoid this, you will have a new odor about you.

Use a time gap to freshen up

Best healer of all things is time. Take a break, wash or change, but if you take a break, you will freshen up considerably.

Warning

Remember the breathalyzers will detect alcohol easily.  One cannot fool it with peppermint mouthwashes and change of clothes. Drinking does not go with driving – avoid this like plague.

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