what you need is practice. eventually you will build up a decent tolerance to the booze+smoke combo and then it won't be an issue. i can't remember the last time i got drunk w/o smoking hookah. just gotta know your limits (especially if you gotta get up early in the morning).
i prescribe a new form of "edward 40-hands" as preliminary treatment. we tape a tiny hookah to one hand with a huge bowl fully packed, coals lit, and the hose pointed at your face; then we tape a 40 oz to the other hand. shit, i might could use a little "treatment" for myself