Jul
20
2010

drinkwel field testing: Christian

—Christian

Health should be a priority, even for Enthusiasts. We all know that drinking has certain negative effects on the body. While long term use can be quite beneficial, in the short term, the consequences can be devastating. Such was the case after a recent Sunday birthday celebration at which consumption got a little out of hand a little too late in the day. Unsurprisingly, I woke up feeling less than amazing—far less. Fortunately, that day I received a package in the mail from The Alcohol Enthusiast’s first swag-provider, drinkwel.

But first some backstory. We found out about drinkwel by way of the Enthusiast friendly email magazine, UrbanDaddy. The article explained that there was finally a supplement designed specifically for drinkers. Further investigation on the drinkwel website revealed that the formula is intended to replenish the body with the vitamins and nutrients that alcohol tends to suck out of you in the process of filling you with the feeling of being the coolest person in the world (I guess something has to give).

Your humble blog team emailed the drinkwel guys expressing interest and soliciting samples with promises of the post you are now reading. And how fortuitous it was that said samples arrived on the day they did. I was hurting. Bad. So when the package appeared at my desk, I promptly downed the recommended dosage. Amazingly, within a half hour I started to feel better. Over the next week I took the supplement daily and experienced some level of improved thought clarity and mental energy. But the real test was to come the following weekend.

Gay Pride in San Francisco is a fantastic event at which the Civic Center is fenced off and public enthusiasm is fully condoned. This year, the big USA World Cup match (that they went on to lose) happened to fall on the same weekend. Naturally we started drinking in the morning and kept the momentum going into the night. Per the drinkwel recommendation, doses were consumed before bed in addition to the daily dose that morning. Sunday came, and miraculously I was devoid of headache, stomach quease and skin clam. We set out for the big parade at 9:30, properly drinkweled and proceeded to continue our adventure, Faderade in hand.

The one downside I have found with the formula is that it lacks some kind of stimulant to counteract the lack of sleep that oft comes with extreme enthusiasm. Such was the case that Sunday afternoon. While I was not experiencing the physical effects of a hangover, I did feel the need to lie down and recharge for a half hour before continuing the celebration. At the end of the day a second dose was taken and I woke up for work on Monday none the worse for wear.

All in all, I been impressed and extremely satisfied by drinkwel. While the day-to-day effects on the unencumbered mind could probably be achieved using any number of mental acuity supplements, the revitalization of the drinker’s well-being, not to mention hangover prevention capabilities, is profound. As a health conscious drinker, I happily welcome this addition to my non-booze consumption schedule.

Hangover free for four weeks,

And if you’re not convinced,

Read Josey’s review here.
Read Jason’s review here.

 

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