Drinking Responsibly in Thailand: A Few Tips to be Healthy Without Skipping Alcohol

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Drinking alcohol isn’t necessarily bad for us, provided we are careful with the habit, but knowing everything that there is to know about safe drinking is a must in order to keep it from affecting our health. If you are going to be in Bangkok or any other part of Thailand for a while, chances are that there will be no shortage of alcohol anywhere and that’s precisely what makes it all the more important for expats to go through the following tips on healthy drinkin

Drink Quality Wine

Wine is one of the least harmful alcoholic beverages out there, when consumed in small quantities and it could even have a few positive effects within the body. However, the wine needs to be of high quality, not the cheap stuff you will find in the local liquor shops of Bangkok. Order online instead because a shop like Villa Market will offer wine delivery Bangkok from a selection of high quality, internationally recognized wine brands such as Dewar, Rockford and Pennfolds Max to name a few. Not only will the taste be better when you go with a reputed wine brand instead of something that you have never heard of, it will do you a lot less harm in the long run as well.

Never Drink on an Empty Stomach

When you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, the stomach’s lining is exposed directly to the alcohol. Also, it doesn’t give the gastrointestinal system the necessary time it needs to process alcohol slowly. Dairy is always a good idea if you are not lactose intolerant of course, in which case, starchy foods like potatoes, breads and rice will do just fine.

Drink Plenty of Water

Alcohol dehydrates the body and in order to counter that, make sure that you are drinking at least 3 – 4 liters of water both on the day that you drink, as well as the following day. The more hydrated you are, the less severe those Bangkok hangovers will be.

Eat Clean and Cleanse Your System the Next Day

Do not drink on two consecutive days, and always follow a cleansing route right after a heavy night of drinking. The following tips should help with that.

  • Go for a run, jog or a cardio session in the gym
  • Eat a healthy diet in small portions

The drinking laws and the culture in Thailand are probably going to feel quite different if you are from a western country, so it is best to get to know some of them in advance:

  • The legal age for drinking in Thailand is 20
  • It is generally illegal to drink in a temple
  • Unless mentioned, street drinking is legal but not socially condoned
  • It is illegal to drink in public parks
  • One cannot drink/sell/buy alcohol on Buddhist Holidays
  • Public nuisances are not tolerated by the police or locals at all

Drinking healthily and legally are not co-dependent of course, but unless jailtime is an acceptable consequence, it makes all the sense in the world to drink responsibly and legally in Bangkok, or in any other Thai city.