I work in a profession that often involves doing business over dinner and drinks and often the drinks keep flowing until the deal gets hammered out. I'm British so not only is non-sensible drinking in my blood, I work in East Asia where failure to keep pace is actually considered an insult in the presence of more senior individuals.
Although I could duck out of a few of these meetings or maybe make some excuses once or twice as to why I couldn't drink, I want to make this diet a lifestyle change not a quick fix and this could not be kept up on the long term without hurting my career. Also don't let me make it sound like I dislike this aspect of my work, as I don't I very much enjoy it.
So my question is this, when in a situation where I am expected to keep pace with the other participants and the session could easily go well past 10 drinks, what steps can I take in terms of damage limitation?
Which full strength drinks are more favourable? (Lite beers or anything that would appear I'm ducking on alcohol consumption would be a big no no)
How much water should I throw into the mix?
What foods should I try and eat during the meal?
Should I try to eat protein snacks to offset the heavy carb intake? (Russians tend to eat pickles and dry fish when drinking insane amounts of vodka, lesson to be learned here?)
Sorry to be asking such a 'naughty' question, but I'm really serious about this diet and I want to know if this type of behaviour once a week is going to be a show stopper.