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BEST OF summer bars
DON’T OVERDO IT THIS SUMMER: TRY THESE TIPS FOR PREVENTING – OR IF
WORSE COMES TO WORST – CURING HANGOVERS
THE MORNING AFTER,
THE NIGHT BEFORE
SALT ON THE BEACH, NORTH FREMANTLE
[VIBE SAND-BETWEEN -THE -TOES CASUAL]
THE APPEAL Right on the dunes at Port Beach, it’s as close as you can get to the
beach without having to towel off. Beers brewed onsite are on tap, and for those
with offspring there’s a fenced-off playground (Friday is kids’ evening). Being a
beachside cafe and watering hole, things kick off early. You can get a drink from
8am on the weekend (11am during the week) should the morning swim inspire it.
+ MUST TRY The house-brewed Kolsch, Dunkelweizen or Hefeweizen; bonus
points for pronouncing them correctly. Daily 8am til late. 44 Port Beach Road,
North Fremantle, (08) 9430 6866, onthebeach.net.au.
THE APPEAL No other venue has quite the proximity to the summer scene at
Cottesloe Beach. Any Bentwood chair along the waterfront works, but if you’ve
got a small party, request Table 10 near the bi-fold windows with its own private
view over the pylon. Dedicated drinkers are welcome at this refurbished colonial-
style establishment – now with dark wood furniture, whitewashed panelling and
decorative beach towels – but an all-day dining menu gives you options. Wine,
plus cheese platter? Fizz with dessert? Sunset martini? Breeze in and decide.
+ MUST TRY Gin and tonic. Where if not here?
All-day bistro open seven days from 11am. 99 Marine Parade, Cottesloe,
(08) 9385 5005, indiana.com.au.
[VIBE THE BRITISH RAJ MEETS COTTESLOE BEACH HOUSE]
TRY THESE TIPS FOR PREVENTING – OR IF WORSE COMES TO
WORST – CURING HANGOVERS DURING THE PARTY SEASON
EAT BEFORE GOING OUT Alcohol is absorbed into your system more
slowly if you have something in your stomach. Top picks for pre-drinks are
cheese, nuts and milk – their higher fat content means they line your stomach
longer and inhibit alcohol absorption even more. One Mediterranean tip is
to have a spoonful of olive oil before drinking, which has much the same effect.
AVOID SMOKING By constricting your lungs and decreasing the oxygen
to your blood stream, smoking will increase the strength of your hangover.
DON’T MIX YOUR DRINKS And if you’re using mixers, stick with the
non-fizzy ones – carbonated drinks speed up alcohol absorption, so even
the likes of sparkling wines will finish you off faster.
CHOOSE ‘LIGHT’ SPIRITS OVER ‘DARK’ Drinks like vodka and gin have
fewer congeners (chemicals like acetone, tannin and glycols that contribute
to hangovers), while brandy, whisky and red wine will hit you harder. They won’t
make you any less drunk, but they will lessen the strength of the aftermath.
PACE YOURSELF The average liver can process about two teaspoons of
alcohol per hour ... that’s about five hours to get through around 120ml
of spirits or two pints of beer. Match drinks of water with drinks of alcohol,
and no drinking games!
AVOID PAINKILLERS You might think you can get a head start on your
hangover by necking some pills before you crash. In fact, you could
be causing yourself harm. Aspirin irritates the stomach, and you’ll find
the alcohol is already doing that. Aspirin will also slow the metabolism,
causing the alcohol to stay in your system longer. Ibuprofen, meanwhile, is
processed by your liver, which is already working overtime on the booze.
Best time for painkillers? In the morning.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER Alcohol is a diuretic, and the increased need to
relieve yourself will drain the body of water. Before bed and after waking,
water will help combat the dehydration. Fluids help break down the
alcohol, preventing toxic build up in your system. Sports drinks are also
good because they replace electrolytes as well as rehydrate.
TARGET THE RIGHT BREAKFAST Any food you can stomach will provide
much-needed energy and replenish lost electrolytes, but certain types
are more beneficial than others. Eggs contain large quantities of cysteine,
which breaks down acetaldehyde, a toxin that causes hangovers, while
bananas and kiwi fruit replace potassium that is lost through alcohol’s
diuretic effect. The fructose in fruit, honey and juices, meanwhile, increases
the rate at which the body disposes of toxins.
BE CAREFUL OF ‘REMEDIES’ THAT AREN’T ‘Hair of the dog’ only gives
your liver more alcohol to break down – and it’s your liver struggling to
break down alcohol in the first place that’s causing your hangover. Coffee,
too, is only of mixed benefit. While it can relieve your headache, it’s a
diuretic – just like alcohol. And if you’re losing even more water, that
hangover is only going to get worse.
THE BEST TREATMENT? OBVIOUS, REALLY... DON’T
OVERDO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
AND MAKE SURE YOU STICK TO THEM!
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