What First-Time Drinkers Should Know

what first-time drinkers should know

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  • If you’ve observed underage drinking laws and haven’t had your first alcoholic beverage yet, we commend you.

    But it’s hard to resist temptation once you’ve left home for the first time.

    Bearing in mind that the legal age to drink in the United States is 21, we can explore the potentially positive sides of this situation, but that’s best left to a 100-level philosophy class. Instead, we’ll simply inform you of what first-time drinkers should know before they take their first sip.

    Don’t Drink Coming Straight From Sea Level

    Is it your first time skiing in the Rockies? Be careful how you celebrate. While alcohol consumption at high altitudes isn’t problematic in and of itself, the effects of alcohol in concert with a case of altitude sickness can give drinkers double the dizziness as they adjust to lower oxygen levels.

    You can still drink in Denver and swig in Salt Lake City (if you can find a place), but give yourself 48 hours first.

    Don’t Start With Hard Liquor

    One way that some children learn to swim is by going straight into the deep end of the pool—the proverbial “sink or swim” method. This isn’t the best way to develop a lifelong love of swimming, and going straight into the metaphorical deep end of drinking will prove just as traumatic.

    You have many choices when it comes to hard liquor. When it comes to getting started, opt for none of the above, especially “jungle juice” concoctions, which could contain anything and everything. Lower ABV drinks such as beer and wine provide a far more gradual entry.

    Stay Hydrated

    Avoiding the dreaded hangover tomorrow is all about staying hydrated tonight. The best way to do this is to maintain a 2:1 ratio between water and those stealthily dehydrating alcoholic beverages.

    For example, for every shot you take, balance it with the equivalent of two shots of water—three ounces, to be precise. Remember that you don’t need to stick to alcohol the entire night.

    Whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran who still experiences the occasional hangover, this tip can make the morning after much more navigable.

    Hair Doesn’t Forget

    You may not remember a crazy night of fun drinking, but your hair will. Traces of alcohol consumption linger longer than you might think.

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    Even after your liver finishes metabolizing alcohol, metabolites from that process appear in your hair as they absorb them from your sweat. This byproduct, known as ethyl glucuronide, can remain in your hair for up to ninety days.

    First-time drinkers should know that if they’re ever going to apply for a job that necessitates a drug test, or if they find themselves in other situations requiring drug testing, a hair test will indicate even semi-recent alcohol consumption, which could prove a disqualifying factor, especially in the wake of an accident in the workplace.

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