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How To Drink On St. Patty’s Day

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If you are not full or part Irish, St. Patrick’s Day may just mean a “beer drinking day” for you. So today I decided to pass on  5 tips from on “How to Drink on St. Patrick’s Day!”

Pace yourself: With age comes wisdom, and it is perhaps a fault of youth to think that you need to get as drunk as humanly possible in the shortest amount of time. From a pure cost-benefits perspective, pacing yourself far outweighs the need for speed: it will preserve your cash flow, it’ll lessen the chances of a hangover and it will increase your chances of chatting up an alcohol-marinated female. What more do you need?

Stick to beer (or clear spirits): The point here is to be consistent with your choice of alcoholic beverage. Mixing will only increase the amount of crap floating around in your bloodstream. Though St. Paddy’s is usually a celebration of beer, clear spirits (like vodka) have fewer congeners (impurities developed from the fermentation process) and are thus less likely to mess with your liver. If you can’t help yourself, just follow the old adage: Beer before liquor, never been sicker; liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.

Avoid carbonation: If you do choose to dance with lady liquor, paying attention to your lady’s dance partner is a steadfast way to prevent downstream agony. Carbonation in sodas or champagne will increase absorption of alcohol into the blood; in other words, it will get you drunk and sicker a lot quicker. Excess sugar in sodas can also contribute to the morning blues. Your best bet is to mix with a fruit juice or plain old water. Adding a little bar lime mix or just lime on it’s own to your vodka water can spice things up a bit if you need flavor.

Sip water between drinks: Building on our last point, there is no rule saying that you can’t sip a glass of water between alcoholic beverages. The general rule of thumb is to go 1-for-1, but that’s probably not realistic. So, whenever possible, just throw back a glass of water. If you must, sneak one in on a solo trip to the bar, or just come up with an excuse like you made out with some girl and she left a bad taste in your mouth. All memories of your devious deed will be lost in time like tears in the rain.(

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone! Be Safe and Responsible!! See you at Patty in the Parc!!

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