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How Alcohol is Metabolized

What should you eat before and after drinking alcohol?
By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #169

4. Take a walk. Gentle movement such as a brisk walk will help increase your oxygen levels and will speed the metabolism and clearance of alcohol and its metabolic by-products.

Please, Celebrate Responsibly

I’m sure you’re aware that it is unsafe to drive if you’ve had more than one drink. But I was surprised to learn that having a hangover can also impair your reaction time and motor skills—even after your blood alcohol is normal. So, it’s probably best to avoid driving and operating machinery with a hangover.

As I discussed in my previous podcast on the long-term health benefits of alcohol, the damage caused by drinking too much is far, far greater than the benefits of drinking a little. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per hour, which is the maximum speed at which your liver can process or detoxify alcohol.

The most important thing is to be safe and enjoy your New Year’s Eve festivities responsibly. And if you find yourself in the mood to make New Year’s resolutions, here are my 4 secrets for making and keeping resolutions.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.