drinkwel: “For healthy people who drink, by healthy people who drink.”
Mike of drinkwel.com recently sent us a 30 day sample of their drinkwel vitamin product. Now normally, you’d have to put me in a head-lock in order for me to take my vitamins, but since Keith our beer editor and I were about to hit the Real Ale Fest at DuClaw Brewery (Saturday Sept 11th, 2010), I decided to give drinkwel a bit of a field-test…
So what is drinkwel?
According to the Drinkwel site:
“drinkwel is the multivitamin for healthy people who drink alcohol. Its ingredients replenish nutrients, support healthy liver function, and help your body process alcohol induced toxins.*
Our 30-ingredient multivitamin was formulated by two different doctors – a Ph.D in Biomedical Science and a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine – and contains a mix of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and our proprietary Superfruits & Botanicals Blend.”
So What’s in it?
- Milk Thistle, Artichoke Leaf and other botanicals to support liver health.*
- Amino acids to help process alcohol induced toxins.*
- Superfruits that help neutralize free radicals.*
- Vitamin B-Complex to aid metabolism and maintain energy.*
- Vitamin C to support immune system function.*
Each bottle of drinkwel includes one month’s supply: 90 vegetarian capsules.
What’s on the label:
Don’t get me wrong, these are not puny girly-man levels of vitamins. Some of these are like industrial-grade, hospital crash-cart, 5000% USDA requirement levels and frankly had me a bit spooked when I first read the label. Finally, I came to look at it this way: these levels are for when you’ve are about to, and after you have done, damage to your system.
The Field Test:
The drinkwel literature states that the product can be taken as any other multivitamin, but I followed the methodology that most of us nit-wits would and took the minimal recommended dose, ie: 3 capsules before the booze-cruise and then 3 before going to bed.
Now I didn’t down all 30 offerings from the 15 breweries present at the Real Ale Fest, but I hit a good 15-17 of them (my handwriting by the end of the day made an definitive count impossible) in a 4-5 hour period. For comparison, the tasting “glasses” were about the size you would expect from any brew-pub’s beer sampler. (Fortunately, I did remember to drink a glass of water between every 2-3 samples.)
Did it work?
Well, from a totally non-scientific standpoint, yes, I believe it did help to some degree. Did I feel 100% the next morning, no of course not, but I didn’t have a completely unbearable head ache and the “licked the floor” taste in the mouth, that I normally get when drinking large amounts of beer or wine, wasn’t there.
I do have a alcohol-related trip planned for mid-October, so look forward to a more detailed test!
Drinkwel costs $39.95 for a 90 capsule bottle.
For more information: drinkwel.com