Suffering from a hangover?
Did you enjoy your stag and hen do a little too much? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Dizziness, splitting headaches, sickness, and the shakes. That god awful hangover. Most of us have experienced those self-pitiful, painful mornings after, full of regret and questions of why we do this to ourselves. We’ve prepared some handy hints and tips on how to survive those post-night out atrocities!
The main problem you’ll face is dehydration because alcohol makes you pee more! Therefore you lose a lot of fluids. Sadly hangover cure’s are generally false. Sorry. But, if you follow our tips for avoiding your hangover you should be fine! Alternatively, we’ve put together ways to ease your discomfort the next day!
We know being sensible sounds boring, but taking even just some of this advice on your night out might save you a painful morning after.
- Don’t drink more than your body can handle, and avoid drinks that your body doesn’t agree with. If you’re not sure of your limits, just be careful and try to monitor what you are drinking.
- Never drink on an empty stomach. Eat a solid meal with carbohydrates and fats (pasta, rice and potatoes are great!) which will help slow down the absorption of alcohol into your system.
- Hydrate with water or non-fizzy soft drinks throughout the night to avoid dehydration. Fizzy drinks increase absorption rate of alcohol, so try and stick to water to avoid dehydration.
- Drink a pint of water before bed and keep a bottle of water by the bed for you to sip from if you wake up during the night. Prepare, by putting some paracetamol close by in case you have a sore head in the morning too!
- Try not to mix your drinks. Instead stick to what you know so that you avoid upsetting your stomach.
Decide not to go for the avoidance? Okay, we understand. Here are some ways you can try and get through the next 24 hours without too much in the way of pain.
- Hydrate! Keep drinking water, and lots of it. Your body will be severely dehydrated and this is why you’re body is suffering so much. You have to replace all of the lost nutrients- water, bland soft drinks and isotonic drinks are great for this.
- Take painkillers for those splitting headaches and the muscle cramps. They won’t cure you, but might ease some of that pain.
- Use anti-acids to calm down your unsettled stomach, and if you’re feeling shaky eat some sugary foods.
- Find foods with good sources of minerals and vitamins like Bouillon soup, which is a thin vegetable broth. It’s perfect to eat with a fragile stomach and will replenish lost nutrients in your body to get you on the road to recovery.
A last note…
Hopefully you take the advice on avoiding a hangover. Don’t forget alcohol really does have a damaging effect on your body. Enjoy your night, but please do responsibly! Below are some handy websites that give you tips on drinking and how to have a great night, safely. We hope you have a great stag and hen do, and don’t suffer too much the morning after!
NHS One You