June 16, 2021

When Well-Oiled, Skip the Fat



When Well-Oiled, Skip the Fat
Far better to offset drink with something like this. Photograph by ja ma on Unsplash

On June 13, gastroenterologist Anna Denisova at the SM-Clinic in St. Petersburg gave advice that may seem contradictory for lovers of wine and other alcohol.

While any seasoned drinker knows that hydration and a snack can prevent hangover, Denisova has found that some post-beverage foods should be avoided for individuals with chronic illnesses such as ulcers or gastritis.

Fatty foods such as salo (cured pork fat), sausages, salmon and mackerel, and spicy foods like pickled vegetables and wasabi, can irritate the stomach alongside drink. Risks include hospitalization due to conditions like pancreatitis.

While a glass or two of wine per day should be fine, Denisova clarifies, in general drinking anything more will almost certainly exacerbate gastrointestinal issues.

Much like the fabled activated charcoal pill that many a Russophile has swallowed before a night drinking with friends, the snack is still essential. Just remember: fat and spice are not very nice, although they are tasty and, admittedly, complement drinks better than fruit.

And if you're interested in what else you might avoid after a good drink... don't plan on thieving or driving a tank!

 

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