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How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol

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author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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If you choose to drink alcohol, you may be familiar with the unpleasant side effects that occur the next day. Headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea and dehydration may make you think twice about indulging. When you drink alcohol, you produce a greater amount of urine. You can lessen hangover symptoms, such as thirst, weakness, dry mucous membranes and dizziness, by taking steps to prevent the dehydration caused by drinking alcohol.

Step 1

How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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Modify your drinking habits. Stick to just one drink per hour — the amount most adults can process readily.

Step 2

How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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Drink several glasses of water or juice between alcoholic drinks.

Step 3

How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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Eat food while consuming alcohol. Avoid salty foods, which make you thirstier and might possibly increase your alcohol consumption.

Step 4

How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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Avoid carbonated alcoholic beverages and shots, which deliver alcohol to your system faster, increasing dehydration.

Step 5

How to Keep From Getting Dehydrated While Drinking Alcohol
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Choose the types of alcohol that are less likely to cause a hangover, including vodka and gin, instead of those that are most likely to do so, such as red wine and bourbon.

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