Drinking responsibly has its disadvantages -- namely, it can be hard to get a good tipsy feeling when more than a couple drinks isn't on the cards, or your budget. If you want to increase the effects of the alcohol you drink, here are a few ways to go about it.
Please exercise caution while drinking. Make sure you have a designated driver and are around people you trust.
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Take aspirin. One study conducted at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that taking a couple of aspirin tablets prior to drinking alcohol might increase its effects by up to 30 percent. This is important to know if you are looking to mitigate the effects of alcohol, too. Please be aware that habitual use of alcohol and aspirin together can cause serious health problems.
Avoid eating or drink before eating. A couple pints will pack more of a punch if you don't eat (or don't eat much) before drinking them. A Swedish study found that people who ate before drinking were about 70 percent as intoxicated as they were when they didn't eat first.
Drink quicker. One drink an hour for three hours will probably have you feeling pretty good, but if you drink the same drinks within one hour, you will feel much more of an effect. Fast drinking floods your system with alcohol: your body has less time to metabolize the alcohol, so you become more intoxicated with the same amount of liquor. Be careful if you plan on drinking fast. This sort of behavior could lead to alcohol poisoning if you're not careful.
Drink carbonated drinks. Carbonation increases the pressure in the stomach, forcing alcohol into the blood stream more quickly.
Mix liquor with diet sodas. A study published in the journal Alcoholism (ABC) noted blood alcohol levels as much as 18 percent higher among those who drank liquor mixed with diet sodas (as opposed to those who drank cocktails mixed with sugared sodas). According to the study, this is because sugar and alcohol mixed cause the body to metabolize the drink more like it would food -- at a slower rate.
Sleep less. Fatigue increases the effects of alcohol, so drinking when tired will cause you to feel the effects of alcohol more quickly.
Don't drink water or other non-alcoholic beverages between drinks. If all you're giving your body to metabolize is alcohol, you will become more intoxicated.
Tips and warnings
- Be careful and make sure you have a designated driver and are with people you trust.
- Make a plan with your friends about what to do if any of you becomes too intoxicated. Safety first!
- Binge drinking and drinking to excess is dangerous. These tips are only provided to magnify the effects of small amounts of alcohol.
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