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 Posted 8/18/2012 12:18:25 AM
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I'm looking for advice around drinking alcohol while on holidays and how it might impact my supplements.  I'm off on holidays in a few weeks and it'll predominately sitting on the beach sunbathing in the day and out drinking in the evening. Now I don't drink that often (generally one night every 3-4 months)although in previous years I'm done similar holidays and pretty much drunk (probably around 6-7 vodka's, large European measures, ie almost doubles) every night, all week. 

I have already purchased LE Anti alcohol antioxidant tablets and I plan to take those each evening I drink, but what about my daily supplements (multivitamin, CoQ10, PQQ, Krill and Omega 3 oils, bone supplements, curcumin)? I
Should I avoid any of these that week because of the alcohol? If I'm taking the anti alcohol antioxidants all week, so I avoid any of the supplements I mentioned above as they are duplicated I'm the anti alcohol pills? Also what about taking them? Hopefully I won't have much of a hangover because of the anti alcohol tablets, but not sure I'll be able to stomach popping around 10-14 pills after a night of drinking? Would I be better Having a late breakfast (won't be up early) and them taking the supplements with the 2nd meal of the day?

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 Posted 8/18/2012 3:38:52 AM
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One or alcoholic drinks per day (or night) shouldn't really be a problem.  I don't think anyone in the medical community would sanction more than that.
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Alcohol metabolism, which produces acetaldehyde promotes lipid peroxidation of polyunsaturated (omega 3) fats and fish/krill oils, so these would be a bad mix.  I would cycle off these both the week before and during your holiday.  

Your liver will still be full of these highly oxidizable fats/oils so high doses (400 IU twice a day) of vitamin-E the week before and during your holiday would be advisable to reduce the prospects of a "rancid liver" the morning after from high dose alcohol consumption.  

Vitamin-C and cysteine from eggs or perhaps NAC will speed up acetaldehyde metabolism and reduce lipid peroxidation in your liver, so eggs for breakfast and vitamin-C before alcohol would be a good idea.  

Take your vitamin-C on an empty stomach (before dinner) to avoid elevated iron levels during your holiday (vitamin-C greatly increases iron absorption from food) as iron acts as a catalyst for lipid peroxidation.  

Tylenol (aka: paracetamol acetaminophen) burns through cysteine and "competitively inhibits" acetaldehyde metabolism, so just say no to this OTC pain med for morning after relief or any other reason while alcohol consumption is high.  
  

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Hi Transpower, I appreciate that 6-7 vodkas is not considered appropriate drinking, particularly by the medical community, but it is a 'party' holiday so it's kind of the done thing. Not saying its smart, just what a lot of people do on these types of holidays. Thankfully it's not something I do often (last time ive had this kind of holiday was about 3 years ago) and to be honest it'll probably be the last of this type of holiday for me. It was booked before I started reading Suzanne Somers books (which is what inspired me to start supplementing) and the reason for starting this thread was in part to see how best to manage the hols and prevent too much 'damage'.

Synesthesia, I don't take any Vit C on its own, only in a multivitamin. However the 6 capsules of the anti alcohol antioxidant pills have 3000mg of Vit C in them. As suggested, I'll avoid the omega 3 and Krill oil just before and during. 
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