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Old 06-21-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Short of not drinking that is. Seattle International Beer Fest is coming up pretty quick and I was looking at ther beers that are going to be on hand and there are quite a few big boys I want to try. Problem is I don't have the constitution I used to. Getting old I guess. I'm also hoping to avoid a hangover. So I plan to drink lots of water to keep hydrated and try to pace myself. Anyone have any tricks they use to not get plowed at these kinds of events and to help avoid a hangover?

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Old 06-21-2007, 11:49 AM   #2
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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Sobriety is for wussies Seriously, samples are usually about 7ozs at these type of events aren't they? Pace yourself, eat and plenty of H2O and you should be fine. Enjoy

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I second the plenty of water and pacing yourself.

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My "Theory of avoiding hangovers and drunkeness" is this: grease. Whenever I'm on the verge of having had too much, I RUN for the greasiest french fries imaginable. My experience tells me that this really helps. Maybe it's the amount of calories, or something in a very fatty food, but this works! Also, plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine (which is dehydrating).

This is the only time my husband and I eat fatty foods- we usually eat very healthy.

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Never underestimate what a former boss of mine describes as "The Wake". A lot of people don't realize that it takes a drink about an hour to fully hit your system, so you can drink 3 beers in 20 minutes and feel fine for the next 40 minutes, but then realize you're drunk. That's the problem with drunk drivers - often they are sober enough to start driving, but on the ride home get drunk from the remaining alcohol in their system.

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Pacing is the key. Water helps prevent hangovers but if you down samples one after the other you are not going to be tasting them any more.
I was recently at the Pennsylvania Microbrew Fest in Pittsburgh. I found it help to pace yourself by taking breaks. This was an out door event but the breweries were packed into a parking deck and tent. I would work my way into the area and get a sample or two then work my way back to fresh air to enjoy the sample and get some fresh air. If I had stayed near the tables I would have kept sampling and soon would have been wasted (too much good beer)

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My "Theory of avoiding hangovers and drunkeness" is this: grease.
I've also experienced this. I can DEFINITLY drink a lot more after eating a butter sandwich... like 3TBsp of butter or more.
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My system has three parts: walking, water, food. Eat before the fest, drink as much water as beer and walk all the way around the fest while deciding what to sample next. The latter works best for outdoor fests.

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My "Theory of avoiding hangovers and drunkeness" is this: grease. Whenever I'm on the verge of having had too much, I RUN for the greasiest french fries imaginable. My experience tells me that this really helps. Maybe it's the amount of calories, or something in a very fatty food, but this works! Also, plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid caffeine (which is dehydrating).

This is the only time my husband and I eat fatty foods- we usually eat very healthy.
This makes sense. As soon as all that fat hits your stomach, everything slows down as to make sure things are getting digested properly. The fats (and alcohol) will stay in you stomach longer and move into the intestines at a slower rate. Alcohol can be absorbed through the lining of the stomach but at a much slower rate than in the intestines.

I think that eating something high in protein would also do this. So a greasy hamburger may be your best bet.
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