3 must-have hangover tips and tricks

headache-womanThe increased amount of parties that you are undoubtedly going to attend this holiday season raises your risk of waking up hung over. The alcohol tends to be free-flowing at many events — especially work-related events, which can lead to a pretty bad hangover the next day if you’re not careful.

Most people have experienced a hangover at least once in their lifetime, and they will tell you it’s not an experience they would enjoy reliving. It’s the impurities and preservatives found within alcohol that give you that undesired hangover.  And here’s the thing – you don’t have to be drunk to have a hangover the next morning.

Here are some tips to help you make it through the holiday season without a hangover:

Eat. To avoid a hangover following a drinking binge, make sure to eat before consuming alcohol. Consider choosing a meal that is high in protein and fat. These types of foods, unlike simple carbohydrates, take longer to digest. Consuming foods that are higher in protein and fat will help slow down the alcohol absorption process. Not eating before drinking will cause the alcohol to go straight to your blood stream, causing you to get drunk faster.

Just as eating before drinking is important, consuming breakfast the next morning is vital to helping ditch a hangover. Consider eating a high-protein breakfast complete with plenty of complex carbohydrates.

Drink water. You can also help stave off the dreaded hangover by drinking water — and a lot of it. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent dehydration and a curb your alcohol intake. Try drinking a glass of water with every unit of alcohol you consume. It may be obnoxious at the time, but you will be grateful when you wake up headache-free the next morning. Drink up!

Take meds.  Some will espouse that you should take some acetaminophen before you hit the sack. However, you’re better off taking ibuprofen. Acetaminophen requires your liver to filter the medication. Your liver is preoccupied with filtering out the alcohol. Acetaminophen coupled with alcohol can be a deadly combination. Additionally, taking the medication before you go to bed won’t decrease the severity of your hangover. Your best bet is to take the medication about an hour before you need to be coherent. The relief should last for about 4 hours.

Remember to pace your alcohol consumption when you’re at a party or gathering. You should also arrange for proper transportation home if you plan to drink.

 

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