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Pace yourself when partying
Its the final day of the Carnival season, and after weeks of partying hard, it would be a shame if you don’t get to enjoy the last leg of C2K11 because your body cant hold up until midnight. The key to getting to the finish line in a marathon is pacing yourself. The same rules holds true for a partying marathon.
Eat a decent meal
There is some truth in the idea that you can “line” your stomach to slow down the absorption of alcohol. Go for food that takes a while to digest, such as pasta, bread and potatoes, or fatty stuff like chips. Eating well pre-party can also help if prescription drugs are also going to feature in your lime. Bear in mind, too, that although you may be playing mas in an all-inclusive section, there have been instances in which masqueraders have complained of not getting anything to eat.
Pace your intake
Even if you have high hopes for the rest of the day, it’s important you know your limit and don’t simply aim to hit it at the earliest opportunity. With drink, you owe it to yourself to remain in control. There’s nothing worse than realising you’ve just had one drink too many (which in some cases can have serious consequences). Far better to pace yourself, and even let the effects begin to wear off so you can make a clear judgement as to whether you really need any kind of top up.
Snacks and non-alcoholic fluids
These are your friends if you’re hoping to make it through the day in one piece. Be sure to return to both on a regular basis, little and often is the key. If you’re drinking alcohol and want to slow down your intake, have a glass of water after every glass or bottle of booze.
We’re not talking about drunk DJ-botherers, who insist they can do a better job on the decks, but the importance of sticking to one type of drink. The risk of combining different types is that it can make the effects unpredictable and harder to handle. Carnival is a good way to forget about the stresses in your life, if only for two days, enjoy yourself to the max. So try not to live in fear of overdoing it. Providing you know how to have a good time without having to get utterly wankered then you’ll be just fine.
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