Regardless how seasoned your liver and how many pints you can down on the pub crawl, a full-on session in the local boozer is never going to be the healthiest option, but there is such a thing as damage limitation!

We suggest that you take notice of these food related hacks to combat the negative effects of a late night in the pub! (and always drink responsibly regardless)!

Downing a bottle of wine, half a bottle of your favourite gin or several pints of strong lager on a night out is not a good idea on an empty stomach. This is fact based scientific stuff!

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Those cheesy chips or chicken kebab might seem like a gourmet choice at 11pm but you’re doing it the wrong way around! The stomach diffuses alcohol through the stomach walls, the less you have in there the faster it gets into your blood stream and the faster you feel the effects. From a scientific perspective the faster it enters your body the bigger the impact upon your organs, such as your liver and kidneys. So, eat before you drink and the alcohol takes a lot longer to filter through into your system – it is that simple!

If you want to elevate the scientific part, then try eating foods that contain a high level of natural fats, these can include good and healthy options such as avocado and oily fish such as salmon – we did say ‘natural fat’ not an extra-large Domino’s pizza order! This natural fat slows down your digestive system and the rate at which the food leaves your stomach. The more that’s in your stomach, the slower the absorption rate of what you are winding down your neck in the boozer!

Whilst at the pub get your hands on some roasted nuts, crisps or any other tasty snack that they might have, this helps to combat the dreaded hangover more than you might think for the reasons outlined above – the nuts are the best option unless you’re somewhere super posh and they have olives on the bar.

Eating is most definitely not cheating on a night out! You can thank us later!

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 UK customers spend an average of £70 on food and drink during a night out.

Going Out has established from quarterly reports supplied by several independent bar and restaurant owners that people spend an average of £70 on a night out on the town! The restaurant and pub scene is far from doom and gloom.

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Food and dining spend was up by over 11% and wet sales spending in venues are reported to be up by over 10% at £19.25. Spend on transport was also significantly increased by over 30% meaning that more and more people are using taxi firms and public transport to get in and out of towns and cities when going out. The report is good news all round for the hospitality and restaurant sector.

Other facts that we are encouraged to learn is that people are going out more often and they are staying out for longer! Nearly 60% of consumers reported that they go out at least once a week and they stay out for an average of 5 hours – great news for the takings of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Over 50% of consumers reported that they were generally happy with the standard and variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs in their locality with the younger generation (18 – 25) providing the most favourable survey data.

Interestingly, personal referrals are still leading the way in people choosing which venues to visit but we are due to see a shift with intuitive technology such as the Going Out Food & Drink Search Engine, www.goingout.co.uk which empowers consumers to find venues based on food and drink preferences, if you fancy it, you can now find it!

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