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2021.05.14

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How to prevent sickness from drinking

Even if you are enjoying sake, your happy moments will be ruined if you get drunk and feel sick. To prevent sickness from drinking, there are many wisdoms handed down from our ancestors, such as protecting the gastric wall with milk and fried foods or enjoying drinking while eating snacks. However, the most important thing is “not drink too much”. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s index, the average amount of moderate drinking per day is about 20 grams of pure alcohol. That will be one go (180ml) of sake.
How to drink is also important. Alcohol has a diuretic effect and tends to dehydrate the body. This increases blood alcohol concentration and causes sickness. To avoid sickness, you need to drink water like yawaragi-mizu while drinking sake to hydrate yourself. Also, alcohol is absorbed by the body at a temperature close to body temperature. Because of this, when you drink sake served at a temperature ranging from around 35°C (hitohadakan) to 40°C (nurukan), you will find a coincidental development between the amount of sake consumed and how drunk you are, which means you can drink while being aware of how drunk you are. On the other hand, when drinking cold sake, there is a temperature difference between sake and body temperature, so that cold sake takes longer to be absorbed by the body and you might drink too much before you feel drunk. So, please remember that the best way to enjoy cold sake is to sip it slowly. Keep in mind to drink “appropriate amount of sake” and “yawaragi-mizu” for your body.