13 Jan How to Avoid a Hangover – Or Treat One!
Hangover symptoms manifest themselves in many different ways, from nausea to a throbbing headache, and everything between. The severity of your hangover is largely influenced by the amount of alcohol consumed.
Learn how to avoid a hangover, or treat one if it’s too late!
How to Avoid a Hangover – Or Treat One!
Obviously, the best way to avoid a hangover is to simply not drink. But that’s not why you’re here. You’re looking for ways to prevent hours of sickness while still having a great time out. Start preventing a hangover before you even leave your house.
Before You Drink:
- Rest up. Sleep doesn’t prevent a hangover, as much as we wish it would! However, sleep does ensure that you are at your best, which prepares your body for a long night of drinking and partying.
- Eat a good meal before you drink. Food in your stomach will help absorb alcohol, and get you further in that shot competition. Shoot for meals which contain carbs, protein, and fat to help your system better metabolize alcohol.
At the Bar:
- Drink lots of water. As boring as it may seem, drinking water will help you throughout the night. You’ll be able to drink more – and remember more of your night too!
- Drink in moderation, and pace yourself. After a stressful work week, it may be tempting to get blitzed to take a load off. But the morning after, you’ll be in worse shape to prepare for the week ahead.
- Stick to one type of drink. No, you don’t have to drink that specific type of beer all night. If you start with beer, stick with beer, and likewise for wine and spirits.
- Drinking hard alcohol? Stick with clear liquor like vodka or gin. Darker drinks, such as rum, whiskey, and bourbon, contain a chemical compound called congeners. These are toxic chemicals which greatly increase the severity of hangovers.
If you think you’ve had too much to drink, don’t worry. It’s not too late to mitigate hangover symptoms! These quick steps before bed will help save you a lot of pain the next day.
- Drink water, but not too much. One to two cups of water should be enough. Multiples can put undue stress on your body and cause you to make frequent bathroom trips, which messes with your sleep – in turn messing with your recovery time.
- Cancel your morning plans so you can get plenty of sleep. Sleep deprivation can make your hangover symptoms far worse, so plan to get a good night of sleep. If you have a sleeping mask, now is the time to use it.
- Take an anti-inflammatory painkiller before you go to bed. While you probably don’t have a headache yet, the meds will help reduce future inflammation and reduce – or prevent – the dreaded hangover headache. Don’t take any medicines with acetaminophen, as these medicines combined with alcohol can be harmful to your liver and kidneys.
Treating a Hangover
When it comes to mixed drinks, especially the delicious ones where you can’t taste the alcohol, it can be easy to get drunk without realizing it. Before you know it, you’re waking up the next morning with a headache, nausea, and a powerful desire to stay in bed all day.
Advertisements for ‘hangover cures’ are everywhere. In reality, many of these haven’t ever been tested, and evidence of whether they work or not is limited. There’s no single surefire remedy to feel like a person again, but there are a lot of ways to alleviate symptoms of a hangover.
Tips to Alleviate Symptoms of a Hangover
- Water: Skip your regular coffee and stick with water. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages dehydrate you, which is exactly what you don’t want.
- Hydrate: If you feel dehydrated, grab a sports beverage or some juice. Both of these options contain nutrients in addition to liquid, making them great options for that morning-after malaise.
- Painkillers: If your head is pounding, there’s no better way to change that than taking an ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory.
- Eat Breakfast: If you’re an egg eater, make yourself some eggs. Otherwise, a hearty breakfast is a great start to getting your health back on track. Make sure to include carbohydrates in your breakfast, as these absorb any residual alcohol and help combat nausea.
- Take Pepto-Bismol: Whether name or store brand, this bright pink liquid can help reduce symptoms of nausea if you have a sour stomach.
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