1. Stay within the guidelines.
2. Have a majority of alcohol-free days
3. Stay well hydrated. Help your body clear out the alcohol by drinking plenty of water between alcoholic drinks. It’s estimated that your body needs four-parts water to every one-part alcohol to remove it from your system. Drink 500ml to 1 litre of water before you consume any alcohol then drink one glass of water between every alcoholic drink.
4. Never drink on an empty stomach as this floods your body with alcohol and forces your liver to work too hard. Make sure that you eat carbohydrates and fats before drinking alcohol to line the stomach, prevent nausea, hangovers and to avoid getting drunk. Eating a healthy meal before you go out will stop the snacking on poor food choices. Food will also absorb some of the alcohol, thereby slowing its delivery into your blood stream. This allows your body to process the toxins slowly and safely.
5. Keep an eye on your urine. Alcohol is a diuretic; in other words it encourages your body to flush away water. If your urine is dark amber or strong smelling your body is dehydrated and if you drink alcohol this can stress your liver.
6. Drink slowly. This gives your body – and more importantly your liver – time to metabolise and flush the toxins from your body.
7. No matter how dusty and sluggish you feel the next day get up and exercise to get your metabolism and fat burning going.
8. Take a good quality vitamin B complex before you start drinking and again the next day as alcohol metabolism uses up B vitamin stores rapidly.