Splitting headache, sickness, dizziness, dehydration – any of these symptoms feel a little too familiar after drinking? Yes, you have that dreaded hangover!
Unfortunately there is no hangover’cure’ but there are some things you can do to ease the symptoms:
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Alcohol makes you pee more, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is what causes many of the symptoms of a hangover, so re-hydrating helps the body to deal with these symptoms. Ideally, you should start by drinking some water before going to bed, however if that ship has already sailed, make sure you drink plenty when you wake up. Drink bland liquids that are easy on the digestive system such as water, soda water and isotonic drinks.
- Try painkillers to help with headaches and muscle cramps.
- Sugary foods may help you feel less shaky. If necessary, take an antacid to settle your stomach first.
“Hair of the dog” is not the answer! Drinking in the morning is never a good idea and you’ll only be delaying the appearance of symptoms until the alcohol wears off again. Ideally, you should wait at least 48 hours before drinking any more alcohol after a heavy drinking session, whether you have a hangover or not, to give your body time to recover.
How do I avoid a hangover next time?
- Don’t drink more than you know your body can cope with! If you’re unsure, err on the side of caution
- Make sure you eat before you drink. The meal should include carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats as this will help slow down how quickly your body absorbs the alcohol.
- Drink water or other non-fizzy soft drinks in between each alcoholic drink. Fizzy drinks speed up how quickly alcohol is absorbed.
- Drink water before you go to sleep – ideally about a pint. Take some water up to bed with you so you can take a few sips if you wake up during the night.