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Super Bowl Drinking: How Women Can Avoid A Hangover

By Joanne Sgro-Killworth HERWriter
 
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Football is one of America’s most popular sports. It is not just the men who are passionate about their teams. Ladies, we love the game as well and really get into our teams.

This Sunday is the biggest sports event of the year, the Super Bowl! And while we are celebrating, drinking a beverage or two usually goes along with the festivities.

But, what happens when that beverage exceeds just a few? Typically, we are in for it the next day and that usually means dealing with a hangover.

As women, we can potentially be more vulnerable to a hangover. The reason according to HealthStatus.com, is how we metabolize alcohol.

“Women have a smaller body size, more body fat, lower amounts of dehydrogenase (an enzyme that breaks down alcohol) and regular occurrences of hormonal changes. As a result, women respond faster and with more intensity after a round of drinks.”

According to the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, “A woman will absorb about 30 percent more alcohol into her bloodstream than a man of the same weight who has consumed an equal amount.”

Advice from experts at the Caron Treatment Centers indicates that a woman should not consume more than two drinks during the game to avoid a hangover. The Caron Treatment Centers is nationally recognized as a non-profit provider for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.

The Office of Alcohol and Drug Education agrees, saying that women should “sip and socialize, and not exceed more than two drinks per occasion.”

Both organizations advocate drinking plenty of water and to not drink on an empty stomach. The Office of Alcohol and Drug Education suggests that women “alternate both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.”

While there is a lot of awareness to consume alcohol responsibly, both from a health and safety standpoint, there are still some who are pushing for a nationally recognized day off the Monday after the Super Bowl.

According to the International Business Times, “On the day after the Super Bowl last year, 1.5 million Americans called in to work and another 4.4 million were late to their jobs.”

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