We’ve all been there. One too many drinks or even mixing the wrong spirits together can leave you feeling seriously hungover the next day. If you don’t get on top of your hangover, you will feel seriously lethargic and unable to carry out your usual routine. However, rather than utter that familiar phrase “I’m never drinking again!” there are ways you can overcome or even avoid a hangover altogether.
In today’s post, we are going to share our top hangover cures with you, so that you can still enjoy your night without paying for it the next day.
What Is A Hangover?
You’re probably familiar with the symptoms of a hangover: a headache, nausea, weakness, tiredness, excess thirst etc, but what exactly causes it? First and foremost, alcohol dehydrates the body. On average, for every 250ml of alcohol you consume, your body will excrete 1000ml of water (through frequent urination). So, when you wake up, your organs are essentially crying out for hydration. As the human body is about 60% water, it makes sense that dehydration can leave us feeling pretty groggy.
Whatsmore, the liver is responsible for removing toxins from the body. So, if you’ve overdone the alcohol this process is essentially halted. What happens as a result is that the body can’t heal as it would like, and inflammation skyrockets.
At-Home Hangover Remedies
Stocking up some essentials before a night of drinking is one of the best hangover cures. Firstly, grab a large glass or bottle of water, as you’ll need to drink plenty when you come in and you may need to sip some during the night. A rehydration sachet is also useful, as it gets the liquid back into your body faster than drinking water alone.
Painkillers are also useful for easing headaches. Taking a multivitamin (or Vitamin B/C powder) will also replenish your reserves to help you feel much better.
We know what you’re thinking… “Food is the *last* thing I want right now!”, but trust us, it will do you the world of good. While food won’t mop up the alcohol that’s already made its way through your system, it can help to increase energy and blood sugar levels. The best foods to eat when you are hungover are complex carbs such as fruits and vegetables, especially bananas which contain potassium. Any food you can stomach, especially if it’s healthy will reduce symptoms.
When you’ve been drinking, this can severely disrupt your sleep cycle. Most noticeably, the deep restorative sleep that your body needs to heal. So, if possible you should head back to bed after eating and drinking (water!) beforehand. To get the best quality of sleep, ensure the room is cool, calm and comfortable. Lavender oil and a sleep mask can help rid you of distractions. Avoid staring at your phone as this will increase brain activity. Just relax, and get to sleep!
Forget weird and wonderful, this renown hangover cure is downright terrifying. That being said, IV drips are becoming more mainstream, with clinics being set up across the globe. You can even find pop-ups at festivals, or experience an at-home service. As the name suggests, the process works by you being hooked up to an IV drip. The contents of the drip can be customised, but the idea is that it floods your system with vitamins and electrolytes to help you get over your hangover. The drips can also be used if you are feeling under the weather too. The downside is that IV drips are expensive and have to be administered by a registered nurse. So, they aren’t ideal to use every time you’ve had a heavy session, as you usually need to book in advance.
How To Prevent A Hangover
Arguably, the only hangover cure is prevention. While becoming teetotal isn’t for everyone, abstaining for at least several nights of the week can help your body recover. After all, the more you drink the more work your liver has to do to process the alcohol.
However, if you still want to be able to enjoy a drink, there are ways you can lessen the effects. Firstly, watch your units. If you’re unsure how many units you are drinking try downloading the Drinkaware app.
Given dehydration is a large contributor to hangovers, having a glass of water between each drink will pace you better. Be sure to stop drinking before the end of the night, so that you also have time to drink plenty of water before bed. The more you can flush the alcohol out of your system, the better you’ll feel in the morning.
Another top tip is not to drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
To Sum Up
Hangovers can be an unpleasant side effect of drinking alcohol. However, by pacing yourself, drinking lots of water, and monitoring how many units you consume, you can avoid or at least reduce the effects. Of course, choosing alcohol with a lower ABV percentage can help too.