Maybe you wind down each night with a cocktail. Maybe you visited your doctor recently, and she said, “You shouldn’t do that.” Maybe you said, “Well, I’m not stopping, so what other health advice do you have for me?” If you live for happy hour with friends, Margarita Mondays, Mimosa Sundays, and splitting a bottle of wine with your boo over dinner, you do need to take some steps to watch out for your health, but you don’t need to give up your love of cocktails.
There are people who remain perfectly healthy into their 90s who have a drink each night, and people who stay sober but face other health ailments, regardless. That’s just to say that, you can usually indulge one of your vices, so long as you balance them out with healthy habits. Here are health tips for cocktail lovers.
Have water with every drink
Make it a non-negotiable rule that each time you order a cocktail, you order a glass of water with it. If the server doesn’t mind leaving the pitcher of water with you, then even better. This will help your body detox the booze, and prevent headaches.
And have booze/club soda
If you don’t like double-fisting, you could make each drink a (insert booze of choice here) and club soda, or water. That way, your hydration is built right into your cocktail.
Eat before drinking
If you wait to order food at the bar, after your first cocktail, you’ll be loosened up and probably won’t order the healthiest thing. When you’re sober, you can plan a healthy, balanced meal that will sustain you throughout the night.
Always opt for the clear stuff
Clear spirits have lower levels of the toxic compounds that are created during fermentation, so they can be easier on your liver and tend to be lower in calories than the dark stuff.
Greyhounds may be a great option because they use clear alcohol and contain citrus. Citrus boosts your immune system, which you need if you’re a drinker because alcohol depletes your immune system.
Go to pricey or busy places
Force yourself to pace yourself by going to places that are either very busy or very expensive. If they’re busy, then it will naturally take a long time to get another drink and if they’re expensive, then you’ll naturally limit how much you order.
Only drink a lot when you can sleep a lot
Drinking a lot and sleeping a little does a number on your body—it screws up your brain chemistry, can make you depressed, causes serious bags under your eyes and is a recipe for the worst hangovers.