Can you mix different types of drinks

By May 2, 2022

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As the saying goes, “beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear”. It is widely believed that mixing different types of drinks will lead to worse hangovers, is it really true?

When you drink, the alcohol is firstly absorbed by your tongue and the lining of your mouth, and then the stomach tissue and small intestine. The bloodstream will transmit the alcohol to all the organs of your body, making you feel the effect generally after 15 to 45 minutes after drinking.

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Till now, no conclusive evidence shows that mixing drinks has side effects. What really matters is the amount of alcohol you drink. In some cases, you’re more likely to experience a hangover after drinking mixed alcohol which contains congeners, a compound resulting from the fermenting process. Mixing two congener-rich drinks may increase your hangover symproms. Steer clear of dark alcohols like brandy, whisky, rum, red wine, and bourbon as they have more congeners than light beverages like vodka, gin and white wine.

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Another reason why you’re more likely to have side effects after mixing drinks is that it’s hard to measure exactly how much you have been drinking, which will possibly cause you to drink too much. On the second day, you may experience drowsiness, poor decision-making, severe impairment and other alcohol poisoing symptons.

Luckily, there’re ways to help decrease your risk of a hangover. Have some food in advance, wheter or not it is mixing drinks. The food can absorb some alcohol and it will prevent the alcohol from directly coming in contact with your stomach and the duodenum as well, where the alcohol is greatly absorbed into your bloodstream. If you can’t avoid too much drink, alternating alcohol with water or juice will help keep you hydrated and prevent you from drinking more.

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Besides these, say no to alcohol if you are taking medication. Many medications contain substances that can cause interaction with alcohol, leading to the risk of irregular heart rate, liver damage, etc., which is much more dangerous than mixing drinks. These medications include painkillers, substances for hypertension and high cholesterol, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. Consult your doctor if you’re not sure whether the medications you’re taking may cause interactions.

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