How to Hold Your Liquor

Managing your drinking means never having to say, "I'm sorry I threw up on your shoes" again.

You will need

  • A filling meal
  • Water
  • A semblance of self-control
  • Honey or candy

Step 1 Never drink on empty stomach Never drink on an empty stomach—unless you like getting the spins. A meal will slow alcohol absorption by lining your stomach.

Step 2 Drink 1 drink per hour Stick to one alcoholic drink per hour, the most the liver can process.

Step 3 Alternate alcohol w/ water Alternate alcoholic beverages with glasses of water, because dehydration is what causes most of the unpleasant side effects of drinking, like headaches and nausea.

Step 4 Dilute drinks Dilute your drinks as the night goes on. Wine drinkers can switch to spritzers; beer lovers can order an English shanty—beer mixed with a lemon-lime soft drink.

Step 5 Take a seat Take a seat. People in bars drink more when they’re standing because they are less relaxed.