Saturday, 29 October 2016

Post 30: Drinking Problems

Hi Guys,

I hope you’re having a good weekend, so far. I know it’s early but I promised to be annoyingly punctual with the blog post this week! So thank all that is holy for scheduled blog post releases!

I say this because at this moment, I am probably nursing a mini-hangover. I say probably, because I am writing this one day in advance, and I say mini because of what we’re going to look at today.

When I started this blog in 2013, when it was student themed advice, I wrote a little about alcohol and how to deal with “calorie shame”, which you can read here.

But now I am older and wiser, and able to give you a much better rundown of what I do with alcohol. This ties in well with my post on social events, which you can read here, and is the next facet to sidestepping the obstacles which can delay and derail your best efforts.

On top of that, it is Halloween: the perfect opportunity to discuss spirits (huhuhuh…).

No Bullshit

I want to clear the air, and say that I’m not going to bullshit you in this post. I like to go out and drink, and you probably do too (otherwise, I might ask why you’re reading this article…).

It’s obvious that alcohol is going to knock you out of ketosis, but with a plan you can practice a little damage limitation and still enjoy all of the social life you can. Alcohol will divert attention away from fat burning and there’s always the danger of the late night takeaway.

Before we get into the meat of this post, my number one piece of advice is to have a plan and go out with certain drinks in mind, and perhaps even an order of drinks in mind. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I’ve gone into that level of detail in my own planning, which I’ll lay out for you today. But for most people, just knowing what to have is 80% of the battle.

While the damage caused by a night of drinking the wrong stuff can easily be recovered in a couple of days, the water weight might stick around for longer. Of course, it is just water weight and is largely immaterial, but it has a psychological effect that will take longer to shake. For a lot of people, including myself, I need to see the number on the scales lower than it was before to feel like I’m breaking new ground.

What to Drink

I’m trying to give a true guide here on what to drink. As per usual, I’ve done extensive testing on all of these methods. I would never recommend something I hadn’t tried before!

First of all, if you’ve been following a little bit of the advice presented here, then you’ll probably have a greater appreciation for sweet things. This works well for me, and partly motivates how I choose what to drink and in which order.

Here’s a summary of what’s best to have, from best to worst:
  1. Tequila, whiskey, gin, vodka
  2. Dry white wine or dry champagne
  3. Red wine
  4. Beer

Spirits win out because they are distilled and purified so that more of the toxins are removed, especially if you mix them with low sugar/non-artifically sweetened mixers (or straight of course). As I said in my post about “surviving” social events, becoming a one mand brand really helps. Part of that persona is to become a connoisseur of the various spirits, and there’s a huge world to explore. It’s a lot more interesting than what the standard drinker will experience.

Surprising Truths

The next in line is dry white wine/champagne. The reason I’ve put these above red wine is why this section is entitled the way it is.

Most people consider red wine to be a health food for the antioxidants, but the truth is that the amount found in red wine is pitiful. There’s a lot more in dark chocolate, green tea, and coffee, which you’re probably consuming as well. In fact, you could do more with supplementation (here’s my post on supplements), so drinking red wine for the “health benefits” is laughable.

The next reason why white wine is better is found simply in how it is made. The reduced contact with the grapes themselves means less of the toxins find their way into the finished product, making it preferable.

In last place is beer, for what should be obvious reasons (gluten, toxins, grains, high carb, etc.).

What I want to get across in this section, though, is that I’m aware that you will drink any and all of these drinks again. I know I come across as militant and strict, but I know a fair deal about human nature too. Have what you enjoy, but my advice is to become that connoisseur and choose quality over quantity.

What I drink

So this is the main event, where I reveal exactly what I drink. If I’m going out, then it will be the following, in order:

  1. Tequila, soda water, and fresh lime
  2. Vodka, soda water, and lime cordial
  3. Gin and slimline tonic water

If I want to relax, and have a drink with friends then it will either be a G&T or a glass of wine (usually white).

So why this particular order? As with all of my oddities, it’s well thought out! As the night progresses you will want something a little sweeter, to give it a little kick. So rather than starting out with something sweet, then wanting something sweeter or heavier, I begin with my trusty favourite: the tequila, soda and fresh lime.

It lets you appreciate the tequila and get to know it’s true flavour, keeps you mentally agile and keeps you on your toes. It’s not heavy in any sense, and starts you as you mean to continue. Most of all, you get to enjoy that mild social euphoria from alcohol without the downsides.

Something that appeals to my narcissistic side also, is that it raises a lot of eyebrows, especially considering that most people associate it with nasty tasting shots. People always question why I drink this particular drink and it gives me an opportunity to say what I’ve said above, and to talk about how tequila is made and how it will improve your energy for the night out.

When I want something sweeter then I will transition to the second drink, using lime cordial rather than fresh lime to generate some extra kick. Having been a “clean eater” for so long, it really does taste sweet and you appreciate it.

I don’t usually go beyond that point, but if I do I will go for a G&T. Gin is becoming much more popular now, as I’m sure you know, and the different varieties coming to the market means that there’s a lot to explore.


Before we look at the takeaways, let’s take a second to think about literal takeaways. We’ve all been there, and if you go back to that old 2013 post you’ll see that I recommend having something at home to eat when you return. That’s certainly doable, but in keeping with my no BS policy, it doesn’t really hit the indulgent spot.

So when you’re getting a takeaway, go for a low carb option with just meat and salad. You’ll still fulfil that desire to eat something that “you shouldn’t” but it will have less impact than if you tucked into a large pizza.

Here’s the takeaways for this week’s post:
  1. Drink spirits; they have less negative health impact, keep you light on your toes, and maintain more of your clarity
  2. Become a connoisseur; choose a drink to know a lot about and become an expert
  3. Have a plan; know what you’re going to drink before you go out, and if you’re super nerdy like me, have an escalation plan as well

Thanks for reading, leave a like, leave a comment, and snapchat me your drunken pictures as well if you’re using this advice!

Until next time,

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