Everyone knows that moderation is the key to prevention of hangovers. But sometimes one drink becomes two, two drinks become more and a hangover follows. Since moderation did not work the night before, the fate of your day now rests squarely on the shoulders of prevention of the pounding head, nausea, and all of the other delightful symptoms associated with a lesson learned. Below are ten easy tips for prevention of a hangover, so an evening of fun will not ruin the next day, next time:
Drink alcohol in moderation. Obviously the most key component of prevention of hangovers is that of not drinking too much in the first place. Know your limits and remain aware of how much alcohol you take in.
Drink plenty of clear liquids. In between alcoholic beverages and before going to bed after your night out, ensure you drink plenty of water or other clear fluids. Electrolyte and sports drinks are also very good for fighting the dehydration caused by the alcohol in your cocktails, wine, or beer.
Eat simple sugars and carbohydrates before going to sleep. When you arrive home after your night out, nourish your body with food that will help it metabolize the alcohol and neutralize an acidic stomach. A great suggestion for this is simply honey on toast. The honey contains the fructose for quicker processing of the alcohol and the toast is high in carbohydrates to soothe the acidity in your stomach. Beyond the carbs and sugars, eggs contain cysteine which may also help prevent a hangover and milk’s calcium can also be beneficial.
Take aspirin, but at the right time. Aspirin slows down the body’s ability to process alcohol, if taken before the alcohol is consumed. So contrary to popular belief, taking aspirin before drinking can aid in development of a hangover, not prevention of one. However, it is beneficial to take two aspirins before going to sleep after indulgence. Whatever you do, do not take acetaminophen which can cause liver damage if mixed with alcohol.
Avoid greasy foods. Eating heavy, greasy, or acidic foods after drinking is like adding fuel to a fire. You know which foods are considered “sketchy” for your own stomach on a good day, so really avoid those after alcoholic beverages when your stomach is even less resilient.
Take Vitamin B1 or Thiamine. In taking B vitamin complex you are replenishing some of what alcohol depletes and this may prevent the headache associated with a hangover.
Exercise. It may sound slightly off balance to exercise after drinking, but if you are physically able to safely do so, consider getting some exercise to oxygenate your body’s cells and speed up metabolizing of the alcohol.
Take a spoonful of baking soda. In a glass of water this helps balance acidity of the stomach and prevents queasiness. Do this before bed or first thing in the morning after your night out.
Drink bouillon or soup. Bouillon is high in both salt and potassium, both of which are depleted during consumption of alcohol.
Get plenty of rest. Sleep will provide the time your body needs to recover from the damage caused by alcohol.
Clearly the best prevention of a hangover is abstinence from alcohol altogether. But if a few drinks are in order, simply ensuring you replenish the right nutrients, rest, and otherwise help your body rebalance itself after the drinks will aid in ensuring the next day is misery free.