How to Drink Sensibly in the Boozy Season

A local brewery has produced a catalogue of commandments it hopes will help create a healthier drinking culture in time for the traditional year-end binge.

Bohae Brewery's first commandment is to drink the first draft slowly. Gulping down a glass of liquor in one gulp, or "bottoms up," raises the blood alcohol level too fast. As a result, the respiratory center and nerves can in the worst-case scenario become paralyzed. Since the body is unprepared for the onslaught, it is best to take it nice and easy with the first drink.

The brewery also recommends eating low-calorie food such as vegetables or fruit before drinking and to abstain from drinking for consecutive days to allow the liver to get rid of accumulated fat.

Taking anti-hangover drugs in the course of drinking, it says, puts an even greater burden on stomach and liver. That is because drinking while taking medication forces the poor liver to wrestle with both alcohol and the drugs simultaneously.

"Smoking while drinking is poisonous," the brewer states categorically, and exhorts, "Decline a drink if you don't feel like it."

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 26, 2005 20:52 KST