Man in bed with a hangover

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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.

Re-hydration

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.

Food

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.

British fry up

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.

Headache Pills

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.

Banana’s

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.

Tomato’s

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.
Bloody Mary
-40ml 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 you can make a Virgin Mary, it’s exactly the same recipe, just without the Vodka.

Teetotal

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.

17 thoughts on “Top 10 hangover cures

  1. I haven’t had a hangover in quite a while but rehydration and taking headache pills worked the best for me.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

  2. Proper hydration is the key. Ideally, for every round of shots, make sure to twin it with a glass of water. But who keeps on remembering all night! Also mixing of drinks is a NO-NO. That’s where I got the worse hangover in my life. Never again… I mean mixing of drinks! This post brought a lot of memories lol!

  3. Now that I’m 28, I really suffer from hangovers and it is baddd! For me, I need all pf hydration I can get and then a massive fry up!
    Rosie

  4. Some good tips matey, I haven’t suffered with a hangover for a long time, hangovers with kids aren’t fun. Know my limits these days and the point of no return. You can’t beat the taste of a good old fry up after a night on the town, they seem to taste better, you can’t forget the kebab on the night either.

    1. Sadly, I think the time of eating a rancid kebab on the way home from a night out are long gone.. but you’re right, they always seemed better when absolutely hammered.

  5. I am that last one more often than not now! I barely drink.

    I have always said a hangover for me is more about tiredness though, but I guess that’s what happens when you party like you’re in your 20’s but wake up in your late 30’s with children to deal with!!

    Great advice though, I think I might be long overdue a hangover x

  6. I’ve also bee fortunate as I don’t really drink much, if at all and have not had a lot of hangovers — as I think about it I can’t actually pinpoint one — but I know that pain pills, a good breakfast and rehydration have helped friends who’ve been hit with a hangover from hell! Great tips — will be sharing!

  7. Hi Damion,
    Some interesting tips there for the afflicted. I’m very fortunate (I think that’s the way to look at it anyway!) in that, like you, I’ve only ever had one hangover – despite decades of drinking, often to excess. And that one occasion? Drinking a whole bottle of Bacardi in one evening – I don’t even like the stuff, what was I thinking?! It was the ‘Fresh air and exercise’ approach that worked for me that time – a good, long walk on the beach in the middle of Winter!

  8. These are some really helpful tips. I haven’t had a hangover in so long thankfully, but I’ll definitely try out some of these when I next need to. I never realised bananas would help, which is great as they are so quick and easy to eat.

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