3 Easy Tips to Cure a Hangover
Ever wanted to prevent having a hangover? These tips will help take the edge off when you've overdone it.
Everyone has their own methods of dealing with the horrible feelings of nausea, headaches and grogginess that come with waking up after a night of heavy drinking. Whether it’s a long cold shower, litres of coffee, copious amounts of Panadol or a full day of lying in bed in complete darkness, it always seems to be that none of these methods completely get rid of our horrible symptoms. Why must our bodies punish us for trying to have fun? Well, maybe they don’t.
The best way to cure a hangover is to tackle it before you even feel the symptoms. There are some easy and very important steps you can take on the day of your drinking adventures that will ensure the following day is not so painful for you.
1 - Drink lots of water
You’ve seen this tip everywhere. Want to lose weight? Drink water. Want clearer skin? Drink water. Want to avoid feeling like you’ve just been run over by a truck after a night of alcohol? Drink water! Alcohol is a diuretic, which means you will notice yourself going to the bathroom a lot. This leads to dehydration. How do you stop dehydration? Drink water. Have water before you have alcohol, and also in between your beverages (frequent bathroom trips will still be a thing).
2 - Eat something
it’s easy to forget about food when your focus is on socialising and drinking, but it’s so important to eat something, as food in your stomach will help slow the absorption of alcohol, which also means getting drunk slower.
3 - Don’t drink the rainbow
Try to stick to one or two types of alcohol so your body has an easier time taking it in. Try to stick to clear alcohols as well, as they tend to be purer and less of a strain on your body.
If you’ve stumbled on this page because you are currently hungover, then the best thing is to simply wait. Time heals all wounds, including those from last night. If you need to, go back to bed, and again, drink plenty of water!
If you feel like you don’t want to experience hangovers for a while, why not try giving up alcohol for a month? Sign up to Dry July and raise funds to support people affected by cancer. It’s a great cause for both others and yourself and the best part is - it's a month-long hangover cure.
A month off alcohol can do wonderful things for you, such as clearer skin, weight loss, better liver function, more money saved and a pleasant lack of hangovers. 75% of Dry July participants reported they have consumed less alcohol since completing their sober month.
Dry July is a fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. We would encourage people to drink responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their GP before signing up to Dry July.