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Getting Alcohol out of Your System Naturally

Guest Blogger:  John Graywine

Having alcohol in your system can really mess up a work-out and is not a good idea to drive, go to work, or do a number of things that require a sound mind and body. Unfortunately, the more you drink, the longer it is going to take for your body to metabolize the alcohol. There are a few ways to help speed up the process though.

Speed up Your Metabolism

Since your body metabolizes the alcohol out of your system, speeding up your metabolism is the best way to get it out of your body. As unpleasant as it might sound, when you have been drinking, the easiest way to get things moving faster is to exercise. Sitting around on the couch is not going to do anything. Get up and dance, go jog around the block or do an exercise video. It is going to hurt. You may even get sick, but that may help too, by getting any alcohol out of your stomach that has not yet hit your blood stream.

Drink Water

You need to start drinking water and do not stop until you feel you are going to burst. The water will dilute the alcohol in your blood and it will also push it through faster. Plan on running to the bathroom a lot though. Of course, the more you get rid of this way, the better.


The only guaranteed way to get alcohol out of your system is time. If you were smart, you drank your drinks according to the metabolism rate. In other words, you only drank as fast as one drink would leave your system. Your body weight and the type of alcohol will affect this rate. In general, one beer is equal to one mixed drink, one glass of wine, or one shot of alcohol. A 150-pound person will metabolize one drink every hour. Once you have enough in you to start feeling good, you need to slow down to one drink an hour. Then, one hour after you stop drinking, you should start to feel normal.

Of course, you may still feel quite drunk the next day if you are taking medication, did not have enough to eat, have a liver condition, or have been ill. You need to be aware of your state of drunkenness and how much you are drinking before you can begin to guess how long it will take to wear off.

Every person is different; you may be used to alcohol so it takes you longer to feel the effects. Some people will feel woozy after only one drink. This person needs to be sure to only have one drink an hour. When you go out, get up and dance a bit; it will help keep things moving through your system. You need to be up and active long before you are feeling drunk or you could end up hurting yourself on the dance floor. When you know you are going to be out drinking, plan on going home, getting in bed, and just trying to sleep it off; it is the best way to avoid any unpleasantness.

Editor’s Update: Unfortunately, the more you drink, the longer it is going to take for your body to metabolize the alcohol. There are a few ways to help speed up the process though. If this happens to you frequently, however, consider the possibility that you might have some type of dependency on alcohol.

About the Author

The author of this post, John is a freelance writer and blogger. He writes on a number of subjects like Rehabilitation, Lifestyle, and Health. He recommends Utah Drug Rehabilitation for all kind of addiction-related queries.

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