Festive cheer is upon us and that almost inevitably means PARTIES and ALCOHOL!!!
The after-effects of drinking too much alcohol (the not-so-pleasant ones), usually experienced the morning after a night of heavy drinking is known as hangover. (In case you are too drunk to remember the definition!)
Booze lovers everywhere are on the lookout for a proven cure of hangovers.
We can’t promise an instant miracle cure for hangovers, but here are a few ways to get up and drinking for the next party!
If you remember the number of times you had to visit the washroom to pee alone (getting busy in the washroom, are we?) you would know that alcohol is a diuretic (read pee-maker) and ends up causing dehydration. Hangover symptoms are partly due to dehydration and to re-hydrate yourself simply drink lots of water and clear fluids (a double chocolate slushee with sprinkles is a no-no). If you were wise enough to drink as much water as alcohol, the night before, you might not end up with such a bad hangover.
2. Other Drinks ( No, Not more Alcohol! )
Fruit juices, lemon juice in particular, tea, milk, coconut water, soup, isotonic sports drinks (gatorade), ORS solutions – more or less anything to drink other than let’s say what you drank last night will probably be of help. All these help by providing you with some much needed energy, replenishing minerals and vitamins you might have lost and diluting and flushing out the toxins generated in your system.
3. A visit to Chompadir Chayer Dokan? (Coffee)?
Although coffee is the go-to solution for headaches and for that matter any sort of uneasiness for many, it is one thing, you need to be careful about here. Caffeine can both treat and cause headaches and migraines.If you are a regular coffee drinker, then you should probably have your daily cuppa, but if you are not, then it is better to skip it as it may lead to more dehydration and headaches.
4. Useful Stuff that you would find in the Kitchen
Alcohol tends to deplete potassium stores and food items rich in potassium are required to ward off hangovers. Fruits, especially bananas and tomatoes and honey are particularly helpful. Honey, in addition, contains fructose, a type of sugar that helps metabolise the extra alcohol in the body leading to lesser symptoms.
Ginger and peppermint herbs are also of helpful detoxifying agents.
5. Toast (The bread kind!)
Apart from dehydration, low blood glucose levels are an important cause of hangover symptoms. Carbohydrates can help bring your blood sugar levels back up. Carbohydrates in toast are a good source of recovery nutrients. Complex carbohydrates (oatmeal and whole grain bread) are also good choices. Baked potatoes, leafy greens, mushrooms, and dried apricots are good sources of carbohydrates and potassium too.
6. Eggs ( in any form you fancy)
Eggs are an excellent thing to eat to combat a hangover. They contain amino acids cysteine and taurine, which break down the toxins that make you feel unwell after drinking, helping you to feel better, rejuvenated, and more energised.
Eggs Benedict anyone?
7. Breakfast like a king!
Many believe eating a heavy, greasy, stodgy fried English type breakfast after a night of heavy drinking helps ease their hangover pain. However, according to most medical literature, fatty foods, if eaten before drinking alcohol,(and NOT while having a hangover), ‘grease’ the lining of the stomach and intestines, meaning the alcohol is absorbed more slowly into the body causing somewhat less toxicity.
A fatty meal during a hangover might also aggravate the stomach discomfort.
But then, a hearty breakfast would provide you with calories. And who would want to pass up the chance of a good old English breakfast with a generous serving of bacon! We wont’!
If your headache is that worse, your first thought will probably be to reach for some painkillers. Pain killers are actually not a bad option but you need to choose and use them wisely. You can take aspirin-based painkillers or NSAIDs (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen) in the recommended doses, but they may irritate your stomach further and cause nausea. You can take popular over the counter acid lowering medications along with the painkillers or for the nausea and abdominal uneasiness alone.
There are some so-called ‘hangover pills’ that claim to include elements that tackle all your hangover symptoms . But we can assure you, scientific studies have concluded that their effectiveness is at best limited.
9. Shower and Sleep
A good refreshing shower always helps to soothe your mind and body and is recommended. Also sleep is the best way to deal with a hangover. Sleep deprivation can certainly make the symptoms of a hangover worse. If you have the luxury of “sleeping it off” the next day, do so. The only real cure for a hangover is time. Sleep gives your body the time it needs to recover. Switching off the lights and turning on some soft music of your liking can work wonders.
According to many, sex helps in curing hangover. But then as per studies sex doesn’t cure hangover, it just helps the time pass off quickly without feeling the effects much. Thus if you feel like it and of course if you are lucky enough to have the opportunity, do go for it!
11. How about some more alcohol?
If you’re looking for a short-term (and desperate) fix, this may help – but not for long. It will provide a numbing effect, but all you’re doing is prolonging the inevitable, and it will likely make your headache and hangover the following morning worse.
Another reason to avoid cracking open a new bottle the next morning is that, if you use this “cure,” the risk of abuse increases and could lead to alcohol dependency in the long term.
The only sure way to prevent a hangover is to avoid drinking. We understand the impractical nature of such a thing and hence we have come up with a few tips of our own which if you are wise enough to keep in mind during drinking might lessen your hangover symptoms.
•Do not consume alcohol on an empty stomach.
•Do not drink alcohol too fast.
•Avoid smoking as it can irritate your stomach.
•Do not mix drinks
•Alternate your drinks with plain water.
P.S. If you get carried away and end up getting a hangover after all, do refer to the above methods to get rid of your symptoms!
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