You don’t plan on getting drunk, do you? Most times you just find yourself waking up with a raging headache unsure how you got home. Other times you just finish one drink and move on to the next, and the next thing you know, you feel wasted. You always curse your friend for getting his own bar in Florida, purchasing a liquor license and giving you free shots. Is there really a way to not get drunk?
The Secrets to an Almost Sober State
Increasing your alcohol tolerance is one way to avoid the drunken state. If that is not working for you, the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, says his secret to drinking all night without getting drunk is yeast. Yes, you read that right, yeast.
Active dry yeast is typically used as a leavening ingredient in baked goods. It consists of a number of enzymes referred to as alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH), which is naturally in humans and other animals. It is already in your liver cells, but the amount is not enough to keep you from getting drunk. Yeast helps in breaking down alcohol that is toxic to the body.
A Teaspoon of Yeast for Every Occasion
If you consume active dry yeast before you start drinking, ADH can fight the alcohol in your stomach before it travels to your bloodstream and liver. Koch says one teaspoon of yeast is equivalent to one beer. Combine it with yogurt or any snack and consume it before you start your late night session.
After having your yeast fix, you may drink more alcohol with the enzymes in your stomach. They explain that ADH only interrupts the effects of alcohol, but it does not get rid of the buzz you get when you drink.
Koch does warn that this technique is for those who don’t plan on binge drinking. This is mainly for the people who want to consume drinks during the night without getting drunk.