How to Avoid Throwing up while Drinking


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It’s no fun, and if you’ve never been there, you don’t want to go. The smell is awful, no matter where you turn the floor is there to greet you and the person who has to hold your hair will never – never – let you forget it. And, that’s if someone is even willing to hold your hair (or your tie, or your dignity).

  1. Drink water. If you’re very prone to vomiting you might want to alternate an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water during the entire night. Otherwise, once you get very drunk and perhaps a little nauseous switch entirely to water. Drink water regularly throughout the day; never chug water before drinking. Why? Because water counterbalances the toxicity of alcohol on your body by diluting it in your bloodstream and accelerating its breakdown. In other words, water washes alcohol away.
  2. Know your limit. This often is a matter of trial and error, however make sure you learn from the errors.
  3. Drink slowly. Our nervous system usually takes time to deliver to our brain centers the message that we are drunk, because of the time that alcohol takes to reach those centers. That’s why when you drink fast, your blood may be filled with toxins while your brain (or you) are still not aware of it. Chill, dance, have a chat, take a sip, don’t rush it.
  4. Stop drinking when you’ve reached your limit. This is harder than it sounds, especially when friends are encouraging you to have another and your inhibitions are lowered by the amount you’ve already had. A good defense is “if I have another I’ll vomit”, especially if you’re talking to the person that lives there.
  5. Eat something. If you’re getting too drunk too quick, eating something will slow that down. And if you know beforehand that you’re going to a place where food is out of reach, make sure you eat before you go. But not too much (a whole pizza), and not too little (an apple). Something with bread will do the job.
  6. Get some fresh air. Cooling off is a big part of this, parties tend to get hot, and cool air can do wonders to make you feel better. As an added bonus, if you do vomit it won’t be while you’re surrounded by people.
  7. Stop drinking. If you get close to vomiting, you’re done for the night. Especially if you do vomit (even if you feel much better), drinking more will lead to more vomiting and potentially alcohol poisoning.
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