It’s the morning after that insane night before. You wake up on the floor of your room in the same clothes you wore last night and you can still taste the remnants of the fast food that you inhaled on the way home. Upon opening your eyes you utter the immortal and all too often spoken words- “I’m never drinking again!”. The promise is made every Saturday and Sunday and sometimes weekday, morning by anyone who has over-indulged themselves the night before and you can guarantee that as soon as the following weekend comes around these same people will be out drinking themselves into the same drunken stupor as the previous weekend.
Without a doubt, we all know what I’m speaking of; it’s every drinker’s nightmare- The Hangover. If you’ve never experienced one, just know that it simply drains the energy from you and turns you into a walking zombie. I learned my lesson early on when it came to drinking like this- DON’T DO IT BECAUSE YOU’LL ALWAYS REGRET IT!
If you’re anything like me and the millions of others out there who experience terrible hangovers, then never fear because help is at here. We have compiled a top 10 list of cures for a hangover and remedies to get you back to your old self as soon as possible with minimal hassle.
The Ol Hair of the Dog
OK, so this is probably not one of the better cures for a hangover. The last thing anyone wants to do after a severely heavy night on the town is to go back down to the bar. This technique is simply a way of postponing the horror of the hangover by topping up the levels of alcohol already floating about in your bloodstream. This method is commonly used among students and younger drinkers who love to live the party lifestyle but beware it only postpones the inevitable.
This is a common mistake made by most people. Making sure to take on as much water as possible is one of the best ways to avoid a hangover. Around about 7 ounces of water per 1 ounce of alcohol is a good rule of thumb. Usually, most people are either too tired or too drunk after their night of drinking and simply collapse when they get home. So make sure you drink lots of water before you go to bed. It may mean several trips to the toilet in the night but believe me, it’s worth it. Sports drinks are also a good idea. The taste might not always be any good but try and consume as much Gatorade, Powerade and any other “ade” you can find.
If you’ve got a steaming hangover get over to your favorite or any fast food restaurant and order a huge big anything. Protein is a good source of amino acids and a good hearty breakfast has loads, so you’ll soon be on the road to recovery. Actually, food is a good idea all round – before, during and immediately after drinking. Food doesn’t absorb alcohol, but it does increase metabolism, activates alcohol absorption, and increases the speed with which the body processes alcohol. You may not be able to keep any food down but as much as it might not feel like it, it is helping.
Lots of Rest
Going back to bed is an effective way to help your body regenerate and recover. The reason I say “go back” to bed is because simply staying in bed all day is not a good idea (unless you have found some poor soul to cater to your every need). Make sure you get up, have something to eat and drink, maybe even have a shower to freshen yourself up. Only then should you consider going back to bed. Wouldn’t you much rather be asleep for the pounding headache and the upset stomach?
Don’t drink so much in the first place!
I know it’s the obvious solution to it all, but it’s true. Try and think about moderating the amount you drink during the night. Don’t be fooled by your friends or crack under peer pressure to have that last shot or the last one for the road before you go home. Make sure you know when you’ve had enough. Simply put, know your limits.
Fresh Air and maybe some exercise
The second last thing you probably want to do is to crawl out from under your blanket and brave the sunlight. The last thing, however, would be to do any exercise. However, this is good for you as it speeds up your metabolic rate and processes the alcohol quicker. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous just a simple walk around the block would be fine.
Some people swear by the notion that taking headache tablets before you go to bed is a great way to prevent a hangover or at least reduce the pain. Wrong! A better idea is to take a couple of headache tablets, preferably ibuprofen based ones, in the morning followed by a big glass of water then head straight back to bed. At least his way your head won’t feel as though there is a Frenchman living in it.
Don’t mix your drinks
A good way to make sure that the hangover from hell doesn’t come and invade your skull is to stick to one type of drink. Drinking alcohol, beers, shots, and anything else you may get your hands on that night is not a great idea. As we all know, never mix colors either, i.e., don’t mix dark liquors with clear and vice versa. It’s not big and it’s not clever.
Bananas have sugar in the form of fructose, they also have potassium, which is one of the things you lose a lot of when you’ve been out getting hammered. Bananas are also a natural antacid which helps with nausea and are high in magnesium which can help relax those pounding blood vessels causing that hangover headache.
Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and vitamins and they’re healthy so get munching. If you don’t like eating tomatoes, drink them in a Bloody Mary. You’ll feel better in about 15 minutes.
- 1.5 oz vodka
- Dash of lemon (or lime) juice
- Worcestershire sauce
- 2 or 3 drops Tabasco sauce
- Pepper, salt and celery salt
- 5 oz tomato juice
- Serve in a tall glass over ice
If the idea of more alcohol turns your stomach why not try making a Virgin Mary, it’s exactly the same recipe except without the Vodka.