Now, I am no stranger to the odd hangover having spent my youth as a bit of a reprobate and drinking way too much but over the last couple of years alcohol really does not agree with me and I end up feeling absolutely awful the next day.
Things have changed a lot since those days though. On an average week I tend to drink quite responsibly so I probably drink 1-2 units of alcohol (sometimes non) and when I go out for special occasions I probably drink about 6-8 units but I have found that it doesn’t matter how much or how little I drink, if I have more than 1 drink I tend to feel it the next day. When I say feel it I mean full on nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, etc so here are a few tips on how I beat my hangover…
Simples… if you don’t drink any alcohol then you won’t feel awful the next day. If you want to have a drink remember – moderation is the key.
Drink lots of water
Alcohol dehydrates you so make sure you drink a glass of water or some other soft drink between alcoholic drinks. You can also drink a pint of water before going to bed and that should help too.
Medications can slow down the process of how your body breaks down and gets rid of the alcohol toxins so as tempting as it is to have that paracetamol or ibuprofen before bed in anticipation of the headache to come, remember that it could actually make your hangover last longer.
Sleep it off
What does everyone do when they feel unwell? Of course, they sleep it off. The problem with this one is that you have had one night out but as a result of the drinking you end up losing the whole of the next day because you are sleeping.
Now this is a trick I discovered recently and I absolutely swear by it and the best thing is, it works for most types of upset stomach. The only thing is, you can’t have it in large quantities as it can cause high blood pressure – the safest thing to do is keep this one as a last resort. She anyway, here’s the science part.
When you drink alcohol your stomach has to produce more acid in order to break down and expel the toxins, this in turn can make you feel nauseous as the excess acid takes a while to get back to normal so as sodium bicarbonate is alkaline it can help neutralise the acid and more importantly, stop you from throwing up. It also help with digestion, restores the body’s natural pH balance and relieves excess gas and bloating.
To try this method all you have to do is mix 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate into a glass of water, stir well and drink.
I have found that I tend to feel better after about an hour and don’t need to do anything else but if you are still struggling you could repeat this every 4 hours as long as you don’t have more than 4-5 teaspoons per day
Disclaimer: please do not try this if you eat a diet which is heavy in salt content or are taking any other sodium rich medications as it could lead to serious health issues
I hope some of these tips can help you next time you are suffering from a hangover but please remember to drink responsibly so that you can avoid the hangover all together.