Traveling for business can be taxing after a while. It may take you hours on a flight before you reach your destination. This means that you will spend hours strapped in a narrow chair. So, most flights allow travelers to take have a beverage that includes some alcohol to help ease the discomfort and take the edge off. However, you shouldn’t overdo it. Here are things you may need to consider as you order for more refills.
1. The set limit
Some airlines have set a limit on the number of refills you can order. However, the majority of them do not. You will be allowed to refill as many times as you want as long as you are not disturbing the other passengers. But, it is good to take one or two glasses of wine before you board the plane. You may also take 2 more glasses after you cover half the distance. Lastly, take a glass more as you take your meals. This will be enough to help reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
2. The type of business meeting you will be attending
If there will be no much time between your arrival time and when the meeting starts, don’t take more than enough. Going into a meeting while drunk may not be the best thing to do. Also, if you are going to sign serious business deals, you mustn’t overdrink. If you do, your host may not take you seriously. It may also jeopardize your chances of sealing the favorable deal. So as you enjoy your drink during the flight, walk around after a few hours to judge your drunkenness.
3. The altitude the plane is flying
Before you request for another refill consider the altitude the plane is flying. Studies show that at a higher altitude, the air pressure declines. The effect is that it thins the blood and so it makes the effect of alcohol stronger. Also, at a higher altitude, less oxygen is taken by the bloodstream. This is not the case when you are at sea level. So when the amount of oxygen reaching the brain is reduced, you will likely feel drunk.
4.The prevailing circumstances
Generally, it is good to reduce the amount of alcohol you take when traveling. First, you will likely take much less water on flight. Thus, you will be dehydrated. Taking a few glasses of wine while in this state will likely knock you off. Second, very few people enjoy plane food. So your stomach will be empty. Taking too much alcohol on an empty stomach will make you very drunk. Thirdly, you will spend most of the time-strapped on your seat. The movements will be very limited and the metabolic rate will be slower. As such, it may take a longer time for the alcohol to be processed.
So if you must drink while traveling, do not overindulge. Just one or two drinks may be enough for you. Understand your limits and just take what you think is enough for you. Unfortunately, some people may not be able to control the amount of alcohol they take. If you fall in this category, avoid taking alcohol while traveling.
Do you take a drink or two while traveling on business or do you focus on business only?
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