If we were all sensible we would avoid hangovers by not drinking at all! But where would be the fun in that? Here are some tips to keep you feeling bright and breezy the morning after the night before. Eat before you go out Holiday season brings with it an abundance of parties, which means free booze, so who wouldn’t be tempted at a little over indulgence?
To keep that hangover at bay, you should eat before you go to that party. Fatty food is preferable; because the slow digestion of fat means that the stomach is protected from the irritating effects of alcohol.
However, you should remember that fat slows down intake; it does not negate intake! Avoid coloured drinks Avoid drinks that contain large amounts of “congeners”, as these tend to cause more severe hangovers.
Generally, these are dark-coloured drinks such as red wine, brandy, and port. If you have a non-fizzy soft drink or water between each alcoholic drink, you’ll drink less booze and ultimately have a less severe hangover.
Care should be taken while drinking fizzy drinks because they help speed up the amount of alcohol going into the bloodstream. Alcohol is very dehydrating, hence the headaches after a night of drinking. Taking water between drinks means you will stay hydrated, thereby reducing the chance of headaches the next day.
Get some fresh air If it’s safe for you to walk home then the activity and the fresh air will help you sober up and to feel better in the morning. And besides, it IS illegal to drive under the influence.
Drink… something else!
After a hard night of partying, it might be tempting to crawl in bed and pass out. But before you do, take a glass of water. You’re hungover because you’re dehydrated.
Water combats dehydration. This is the best way to cure your hangover then: drink a pint of water before you go to bed. You won’t feel so rubbish in the morning.
Alternatively, before crashing out, remember to drink some orange juice, because the vitamin C speeds up the metabolism of the alcohol by the liver. Have some toast – a lack of sugar is responsible for that wobbly trembling feeling, and it will settle your stomach too, so whack up your blood sugar level by eating, well, almost anything! A sports drink contains everything you need and is a convenient alternative. If you still wake up with a hangover: If you wake up feeling a little run-over, here is what to do:
After a hard night’s boozing, your digestive system is under a lot of strain, so bacon, sausages and the works may cause indigestion, but fat contains lots of calories, so you will get a much-needed energy boost. And eggs and meat are rich in the amino acid cysteine, which is thought to be good at clearing out toxins.
To be honest you’re better off avoiding painkillers altogether if you can. If you desperately need to take a painkiller, take in moderation. But be aware that aspirin and ibuprofen may irritate your stomach.
Paracetamol gives your liver even more work to do. And since you’ve already spent the night giving your liver a good solid kicking, popping pills should never be seen as the easy option.
Hair of the dog
There is scientific evidence to prove this works, but only in the short term! While your body is busy dealing with a new intake of booze, it suspends its torture until you’re done drinking again – and then it’s back to hangover hell. So basically by doing this you’re just avoiding the inevitable, so don’t bother!
Some people swear by a can of coke, cup of tea or black coffee. However, these will only make you feel better for a short time. A hangover is a sign of dehydration… caffeine causes dehydration… join the dots! It’s a combination destined to make your head hurt.
You’re hungover because you’re dehydrated. Water combats dehydration. Bingo! So, if you didn’t drink water before crashing out, then drink a pint of water every hour of the day.
The best sort is freshly squeezed and works because it replaces lost vitamins.
The fruit sugar boosts your energy levels and may help your body get rid of toxins. If it feels too acidic, water it down, add it to a smoothie with banana and yoghurt, or try less acidic vegetable juice. Sleep Try to get as much sleep as possible.
Your body is working extra hard to rectify the mess you’ve made of your internal organs. This will make you sluggish.
If your banging headache’s not keeping you awake – go back to sleep!… so your poor neglected body doesn’t have as much work to do.