Everyone has their own favourite hangover cure and, if they don’t, there will always be someone who does know the perfect cure for a hangover. Most of the symptoms of a hangover are caused by dehydration because alcohol is a diuretic, which means that draws fluid from your system. That’s a fact, unlike many hangover cures that you may have heard which, are mostly myth. So, if you are feeling the effects of the night before, here are some facts about hangover cures.
1. Water works
It may mean that you have to get up even more often in the night, but downing a few glasses of water, before you go to sleep, will certainly ease the effects of over indulgence the next morning. Seriously, as an ex-over indulger of the falling down liquids, I can assure you that a couple of glasses of water will make all the difference in the morning.
2. Hair of the dog does not
Drinking more alcohol to get rid of the symptoms of a hangover is no cure and it will probably just make things worse. All you are really doing is numbing the effects of the hangover temporarily and, when it comes back, it will come back even worse. It could also be the start of a dangerous habit that could lead to alcohol dependency.
3. A couple of aspirin
A couple of aspirin to ease the thumping head is fine, but stick to what are known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, which include naproxen, aspirin, Paracetamol or, ibuprofen. Don’t take anything like Tylenol, which will put even more strain on an already overworked liver.
4. Drink a can of Sprite
Any caffeine free soda will apparently soothe the effects of a hangover. According to a Chinese study, Sprite, and similar drinks, help the body metabolise the alcohol quicker and so, ease the effects of a hangover.
Coffee is often used as a remedy for hangovers, but it’s not always the best thing to drink. Although the caffeine will help wake you up, the effects will only be temporary, so you will feel tired again in an hour or so. Coffee can also sometimes make a headache worse and it can increase dehydration. If you do decide to go for a caffeine boosting cup of coffee, have a glass of water after it as well.
6. Pretzels and bananas
This one may seem a bit strange, but nutritionists reckon that the combination of pretzels and a banana can cure a hangover. It is suggested that the potassium in the banana and the salt on the pretzels help to slow dehydration in the body. The carbohydrates will also help to replace some of the energy lost by drinking too much alcohol and level out the blood sugar level again.
7. Popping a few multi-vitamins
For those of you who believe that popping a few multivitamins will cure a hangover, sorry, there’s no evidence that it will make any difference at all. One night of over drinking doesn’t strip you of all your vitamins so, this is won’t help you either, but, then again, nor will it do it any harm.
8. Greasy fried breakfast
If you can stomach it, food will make you feel better, especially as you probably didn’t eat enough last night. Greasy food will not do any more for you than any other food, so the big post-party morning fry-up cure for a hangover is just a myth. You’d be better if eating a big meal, before you started drinking, and then it would soak up some of the alcohol.
9. Sweating it out is a myth too
You can’t sweat out alcohol by taking exercise and, if you do go for a run, take a bottle of water with you so that you don’t get even more dehydrated. A bit of exercise might improve your mood, though, because it will make your body release endorphins, which will cheer you up and make you feel more alert
A couple of slices of toast will provide you with carbohydrates to get your blood sugar levels up and it won’t be too difficult to get down, even with a queasy stomach.
So, the end result of this in-depth (not), scientific (Definitely not) study into hangover cures is follows. One cup of black coffee, two slices of toast, a couple of aspirins and as much water as you can pour down your gullet and, you’ll be fine!
Of course, it would better not get drunk as a skunk in the first place, but who’s going to listen to that advice!