Too much to drink? Your head hurts. You feel sick. And you’re Never Drinking Again. But what are some good hangover cures?
The hangover cures
We’ve all been here before; when opening your eyes you utter the too often spoken words “I’m never drinking again!”. The promise is made every drinking session by anyone who has overindulged themselves the night before.
I think I’ve had one hangover in my life, which is unfortunate, because it would be nice now and again to feel the affects of a right old knees up. But, if like some, you suffer with terrible hangovers then don’t stress. I have prepared a top 10 list of hangover cures and remedies to get you back to your old self as soon as possible. You don’t want to cloud your day with a stinking hangover.
The hair of the Dog.
Right, this probably isn’t the best way to cure the hangover. The last thing anyone wants to do after a heavy night on the drink is to have more drink. All this technique does is simply postpones the horror of the hangover by topping up the levels of alcohol already floating about in your bloodstream. This method is commonly used by drinkers who love to live the party lifestyle but beware it only postpones the inevitable. At some point you’re still going to get a whacking hangover.
This is a common mistake made among most people. Making sure to drink as much water as possible is one of the best ways to ease a hangover. Around 200ml of water per 30ml of alcohol is a good rule of thumb. Thats if you can remember how much you drank of course. Usually we’re either too tired or too drunk after a night of drinking and simply cant be bothered. So make sure you drink lots of water before you go to bed. You might end up going to the loo several times in the night but its worth it.
Sports drinks are also a good idea. They are full of electrolytes, which help replace the salts and potassium you lose when consuming alcohol. In my opinion they taste horrible but try and consume as much sport drink as you can and any other drink with ‘ade’ at the end of its name.
If you’ve got a stinking hangover, either get over to your local ‘drive thru’ (don’t drive when hungover!) or make a good old fry up. 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.
To be fair, food is a good idea all round – before, during and immediately after drinking. Food doesn’t absorb alcohol, but it does increase metabolism. It activates alcohol absorption, and increases the speed at which the body processes alcohol.
You may end up puking it up but as much as it might not feel like it’s helping, it actually is.
Lots of Rest
Going back to bed is an effective way to help your body regenerate and recover. When I say go back to bed, I mean this in a way that you should actually get out of bed in the first place. Staying in bed all day is not a good idea, unless you have some poor mug to run around for your every need. Make sure you get up, have something to eat and drink, maybe even have a shower or bath to freshen yourself up. Only then should you consider going back to bed.
Don’t drink so much in the first place!
This is quite obvious but its true. Try and think about moderating the amount you drink during the session. Know your limits. Don’t be conned by your mates or crack under peer pressure to have that one more shot. Make sure you know when you’ve had enough.
Fresh Air and exercise.
Ok, if I had a stinking hangover, I certainly wouldn’t want to get out of bed and do some exercise, I’m sure I couldn’t be bothered to start with. However exercise 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 do.
Some people swear by taking headache tablets before you go to bed when drunk. “it’s a great way to prevent a hangover or at least reduce the pain”. Its not! 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 this way your head won’t feel as thought there’s a stampede of hippos running through it.
Don’t mix your drinks.
Another 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 spirits, wine, lagers, shots and anything else you may get your hands on is not a great idea. Its not big and its not clever, as my mam would say.
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 getting hammered. Bananas are also a natural antacid which helps with feeling sick, and are high in magnesium which can help relax pounding blood vessels causing that hangover headache.
I personally don’t like tomatoes, but for those who do, consume tomatoes! Tomatoes are a good hangover cure and 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 half an hour.
-40ml oz vodka
-Dash of lemon (or lime) juice
-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 you can make a Virgin Mary, it’s exactly the same recipe, just without the Vodka.
If you are Teetotal and you wake up with a hangover, something has gone wrong. You may need to carry out your own investigation to find out what the hell happened last night.
Have you got any good hangover cures/home remedies? let me know in the comments below.