A wise man once said drinking alcohol is like borrowing fun from tomorrow. He might’ve been right, but here are a few ways to help you through the hangover!
Line your stomach
You’ve probably heard people waffling on about how dangerous it is to go out on an empty stomach, well turns out there’s truth to that. Devour a nice greasy meal before drinking, the fat will help to line the walls of your stomach. This slows down the rate of alcohol absorption which means you’ll be less likely to wake up with a splitting headache. Drinking a pint of milk will also have the same effect, and a shot of olive oil helps too. Yum.
Drink LOADS of water
Drinking alcohol blocks the creation of a chemical called vasopressin. This means that your kidneys will send water straight to the bladder instead of retaining it in the body – and is the reason you need so many toilet trips once you ‘break the seal’. Drinking booze can expel up to four times as much water, quickly leading to dehydration, the main cause of those dreaded hangover headaches and dry mouths. Want to wake up feeling fresh (and amazed)? Simply have a glass of water between each bev.
Stock up on the necessary supplies
Prepare for the worst. You really don’t want to end up in the blackhole of craving a cure but unable to even crawl out the front door to the nearest shop. So take a note of anything that sounds like it will save you from yourself in tips 11-14 below, and get stocked up in advance! You’ll thank us tomorrow.
Keep it light
As you’ve probably already figured from trial and error, different types of alcohol produce different types of hangover. This is down to the congeners in the drink – something which is produced when the alcohol is fermented. Basically, the more congeners there are the more rotten your hangover is likely to be. As a rule, there are more congeners in darker drinks such as red wine, whiskey or dark rum. White wine, vodka and gin on the other hand contain much less, so are a better choice (but may still leave you feeling rough!).
Don’t overdo it on the dance moves
Now we love a good dance but don’t overdo it or you’ll feel like one of Michael Jackson’s zombies in the morning. Science tells us that if you totally exhaust yourself, you’ll end up getting even more dehydrated and depleting your energy levels much faster. No need a to be a party pooper though, just don’t twerk too hard.
First off, it’s best not to walk home alone drunk, so find your buddy first. And don’t attempt to walk in heels. This aside, walking home can help you to sober up and clear your head, making for a much less painful morning time. In any case – do not drink and drive – ever!
Keep off the fizz
We all know that pacing yourself and drinking some soft drinks is a smart idea, but be careful what you choose. Drinking fizzy drinks will actually speed up the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into your system and so rather defeat the point. And, before you ask, this also applies if the alcoholic drink your gluging is fizzy too. So a vodka orange or apple juice would be a better choice than a vodka coke mixer, for example.
You probably knew this anyway, but mixing different types of alcohol never really ends well in the hangover stakes. Because different types of alcohol have different level of congeners as well as other chemicals, they’ll all have a slightly different effect on you. Add it all together and the result is a mixed up mess and a banging headache. Pick your poison of choice and stick to it!
Keep drinking that water
Yea, we know, we mentioned this one already but drinking water while you’re out boogying and a bit when you get back will help to make sure you stay hydrated. The main reason you get headaches is because you don’t have enough water in your system; the other organs in your body will steal supply from your brain causing it to shrink and cause owwies and upsets in your head. Anyway, what’s the point of making sure you’re hydrated beforehand if you’re only going to throw it all away later?