If you’ve ever wondered if there’s any truth to “lining your stomach” before indulging in a couple glasses of your favourite alcoholic beverages, then the answer is “yes”, according to some studies.

How you ask? Simply put, when there’s less food in your stomach, alcohol is able to enter your blood stream faster through its lining. The faster it does so, the more pronounced the impact on your liver, kidneys and digestive system.

Good fats like avocado

That’s the likes of avocados and salmon. These are rich in vitamin B-12, which is depleted when you consume alcohol. This vitamin is important in the production of red blood cells, in neurological function and mood regulation.

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The more you drink, the more trips you make to the bathroom. You lose potassium in your system, which regulates blood pressure levels. Milk and low-fat yoghurts are rich in the mineral.

Low-glycemic carbs like brown rice

Meals that consist of pasta or grainy breads are great pre-drinking low-glycemic carb packers, which help stabilise your blood sugar levels.

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Protein-rich foods like chicken

Order chicken for a lean protein fix, which also helps in regulating your blood sugar levels. Food that is rich in protein is also digested more slowly.

Hydrating foods like watermelon

As alcohol dehydrates the system, eating food that hydrates – like snacking on watermelons during the summer – keeps you hydrated, while flushing out the toxins.