How to cure your hangover

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How to cure your hangover
Don't let a bad hangover ruin your breakfast. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Hangovers are far from a modern concept. In fact, there are references to the dreaded hangover in the Old Testament. Despite being an age-old problem, research into the effective treatment of a hangover has been minimal. This could be the reason some of the most popular hangover remedies focus on prevention as oppose to a cure. Attempting to avoid a hangover is fairly easy with a little common sense and planning.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Fruit or fruit juice

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    Keep yourself hydrated. Alcohol causes dehydration, which leads to the common symptoms of a hangover such as a dry mouth and a headache. If possible, drink water in between your alcoholic drinks while out and drink a large glass of water before going to bed when you arrive home. You should also keep drinking as much as possible through the day following your alcohol consumption. You can also try eating fruit or drinking fruit juice before bed for a much needed dose of vitamin C.

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    Make sure you eat before you drink any alcohol. A meal that is high in fat is the best option as the body digests fat slowly, this protects the stomach from the effects of alcohol. If you drink on an empty stomach, you can still prevent the severity of your morning hangover by downing a glass of full-fat milk before going to bed. Eating a greasy breakfast, such as a traditional English fry-up, can also ward off hangover symptoms the following morning.

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    Stick to clear alcoholic drinks such as gin and vodka. Certain properties in coloured drinks, such as red wine and bourbon are more likely to cause a hangover. It is also advisable to stick with the same alcoholic beverage as oppose to mixing them.

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    Get plenty of sleep. Fatigue is a normal side effect of a hangover and is usually due to a mix of dehydration and a late night. Sleeping off your alcohol consumption is probably the easiest way to avoid nasty hangover symptoms, while giving your body a chance to recover.

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    Ignore the so-called hair-of-the-dog theory. Do not consider drinking more alcohol to counteract the symptoms of your hangover. Increasing the level of alcohol in your blood stream will only prolong your agony. With the average hangover lasting between eight and 24 hours, you will need to avoid alcohol for a day or two to fully recover.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent a hangover altogether, stick to nonalcoholic beverages. You can buy nonalcoholic beer or drink fruit juice or soda. None of these drinks are likely to leave you feeling rough in the morning.
  • A morning walk may also relieve your hangover. Both fresh air and exercise are good for you and are likely to improve the way you feel.
  • Avoid taking painkillers to get rid of your hangover. You liver is already working twice as hard dealing with the alcohol in your body, painkillers will just add to the workload.

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