Avoid These 6 Drinks to Prevent a Hangover
From time to time (okay, most weekends), we can get a little carried away when it comes to our cocktails. And inevitably, we wind up paying for it the next day. We’ve tried all the please-help-me-now hangover-curing workouts, next-day hangover recipes and even ancient hangover helpers like kudzu. But you can actually stop your hangover before it even starts if you’re just a little wiser about your drink selections (and of course, drink water between rounds). Unless you actually like waking up with a splitting headache and sitting in the dark all day after a night out, here are the six types of beverages you should avoid.
1. Margaritas: We hate to say it, but your favorite chips-and-salsa co-pilot is basically hangover fuel. Most margaritas are made with super sugary, artificial mixers. And since they go down so easy, you’re likely to have more than you should.
2. Bourbon: A general rule: If it makes you feel like a hard-drinking cowgirl at the bar, it probably will the next day too. Bourbon, like all dark liquors, contains a high amount of congeners (the stuff other than alcohol that goes into a drink when it’s fermented and contributes to getting you drunk). And actually, it’s one of the worst: Bourbon has eight times as many congeners as gin, and thirty times as much as vodka. Yeehaw!
3. Rum and Coke: You’ve got two factors working against you here: The dark liquor and the sugar. Opting for Diet Coke isn’t the answer, because that contains its own whole world of nutritionally questionable ingredients. And anyway, lots of cheap rums are mostly sugar themselves. If you really want the taste of a rum and coke, splurge a little for higher quality rum, like Bacardi, and ask for a splash of ginger beer.
4. Sparkling Wine/Champagne: We’re never ones to pass on popping some bubbly, but you have to be careful when you do. The extra fermentation that makes it fizzy ups the alcohol content, and the bubbles speed up alcohol absorption as you’re drinking.
5. Long Island Iced Teas: Yes, you’re paying the same amount for way more alcohol. But this really isn’t a recommended way to save money. In addition to the five different liquors in Long Island Iced Teas, they’re also heavily sweetened with coke and simple syrup, which compounds the hangover risk.
6. Stouts: Some schools of thought believe beer is plenty hydrating, but stouts definitely don’t qualify. The same rules about dark liquor apply to dark beers. The deep color comes from all the extra congeners. Just think about how you feel the day after lots of Guinness on St. Patty’s. Not awesome.
What’s your go-to drink? Tweet us your picks @BritandCo.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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