“Never again,” how many times have we all said this when we wake up the morning after with a raging hangover? Unfortunately, most of us never heed our own warning, so for those of you who belong to this club, here are a few top tips for that hangover next time around. First let’s just take a quick look at what “hangover” means.
Alcohol causes dehydration
Alcohol is what is known as a diuretic. This means that it is a substance that depletes the levels of fluid in your body. The more you drink, the more dehydrated you become as a result, and this is what is responsible for many of the symptoms of a hangover.
Alcohol also causes stomach upsets in many people, which means not getting a good night’s sleep.
Depending on how much alcohol you consume, you could have alcohol in your body next day.
Sad-to-say, there is no absolute cure, but these top tips for that hangover that we are about to give you can help you to avoid getting a hangover, or they can also help you to manage and lessen the symptoms of hangover if you do get one.
First of our top tips for that hangover
Pretty obvious this, but the best way of avoiding a hangover is not to consume alcohol in the first place. Realistically, for many this is not likely to happen, so if you do decide to drink:
- Only drink when you eat
- Drink some water (or non-alcoholic beverages) in between alcoholic drinks
- Drink slowly
- Limit the amount of alcohol you consume in a single session
Here are some other ways of avoiding or minimising a hangover.
Try not to drink on an empty stomach
Before you leave home, eat a meal containing carbohydrates like pasta or rice. This will help to slow down the rate at which your body absorbs alcohol. Meals containing fat are good for this purpose too.
Avoid dark coloured drinks
Dark coloured rinks contain congeners. These are chemicals that irritate both blood vessels and brain tissue, both of which contribute to making your hangover worse.
Avoid carbonated drinks
If you drink non-alcoholic beverages between alcoholic ones, make sure you avoid fizzy drinks. Fizzy drinks actually speed up the rate at which your body absorbs alcohol.
Drink water before going to bed
Water is best for combating dehydration, so drink a pint of water before you go to bed. Also, keep a glass of water by your bedside so that if you wake up in the night you can take a sip.
Top tips for that hangover the morning after
If you don’t follow any of the above tips, you are likely to end up with a humdinger of a hangover the day after; so these top tips for that hangover can help to lessen the symptoms.
- Drink plenty of water for rehydration.
- Take over-the-counter painkillers to help with headache pain and muscle cramps.
- Eat sugary food. This may reduce any trembling you have.
- If your tummy feels delicate, drink some broth. It’s easy to digest and less likely to make you sick.
In order to allow your body sufficient time to recover from a heavy hangover, it’s a good idea not to consume alcohol for the next 48 hours.
The in-house pharmacy at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you do need painkillers and you live and/or work in London, pop in to the in-house pharmacy we operate here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. If your hangovers are caused by alcohol induced depression, and you are seeking help, drop in or call us today for an appointment on 020 7638 4330.