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Ways to Decrease Absorption of Alcohol

It is imperative that alcohol not be consumed on an empty stomach. If planning to drink alcoholic beverages, it is essential to eat before drinking. Foods with a high fat content, such as meats or cheeses, are a wise choice since these foods are metabolized at a slower rate.

Slowing down the rate of consumption is also helpful. The body can efficiently metabolize only one drink (12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, 1 jigger of distilled spirits) in an hour. This can serve as a guide for responsible drinking.

Choose drinks that are heavily diluted with juices, milk, ice cream, or nonalcoholic mixers. The combination will help slow the metabolic rate. Avoid carbonated mixers and carbonated alcoholic beverages such as champagne, sparkling wine, or wine coolers.

Alternate alcoholic beverages with nonalcoholic ones to slow your rate of consumption. Drink slowly; don't gulp. Keep in mind that if several alcoholic beverages are consumed in an hour, even if consumption rate slows there will still be enough alcohol in the bloodstream to cause impairment.

Do not engage in drinking games. Such activities can be deadly for the participants. Avoid alcohol if you are taking medication. Even aspirin can have potentiating effects on alcohol.

Develop resistance skills. Do not be pressured into consuming more alcohol than is safe. Remember to consume snacks throughout periods of alcohol ingestion.

It is always acceptable to refuse to drink alcohol. Activities that do not include alcohol are widely available. If you do decide to drink, always have a designated driver who can function in a supportive role to ensure the safety of others in the group.