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How to Get Rid of Dizziness After Drinking

Updated April 17, 2017

A night of drinking alcohol can produce symptoms of shaking, tiredness and dizziness that may continue the following day or even for several days, according to The Site website. Alcohol impairs sleep quality by reducing amounts of deep and restorative sleep and leads to feelings of lethargy and dizziness. It causes a sudden rise in blood glucose levels, which triggers the body's insulin response to remove glucose from your system. The subsequent fall in blood sugar levels can lead to continued dizzy spells as the body's metabolism tries to readjust. Continued dizziness after drinking alcohol is also due to dehydration because alcohol is a diuretic and causes you to urinate more frequently. Rehydrate, nourish and rest your body to help you recover from an alcohol-induced dizzy spell.

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  1. Rehydrate your body with rehydration solutions that contain glucose, potassium and sodium and are available from a pharmacy. Follow the instructions for dilution and consumption of the product.

  2. Eat small, light, nutrient-rich meals and snacks at regular intervals. Choose foods that have a low glycemic index, or GI. Foods with a low GI enable a slow release of energy that will steady your blood sugar levels. For example, have wholemeal toast with scrambled egg for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and fish and steamed vegetables for dinner.

  3. Take rests in a darkened, quiet room. Place a couple of pillows under your head and a cool compress over your forehead. Relax, close your eyes, place your hands on your abdomen and breathe slowly and deeply to make your hands rise and fall, for approximately five minutes.

  4. Rise slowly after resting to a sitting position to prevent further dizziness. Remain seated for at least another minute before slowly rising to a standing position. Move slowly throughout the day and avoid sudden changes in head position, body position and speed.

  5. Go to bed early to catch up on lost sleep. Avoid caffeine and eat a carbohydrate-rich snack, such as crackers or cereal with milk, prior to bedtime to help improve your sleep quality.

  6. Avoid binge drinking and have at least three alcohol-free days each week to avoid further dizzy spells.

  7. Tip

    Visit your doctor for general medical checks, such as blood pressure checks, if you experience persistent symptoms of dizziness.


    Do not drive, operate machinery or climb to high positions, for example, on ladders, until you have fully recovered from your dizzy spells.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rehydration solutions
  • Face cloth
  • Pillows

About the Author

Mother of three and graduate of the London Metropolitan University, Julie Vickers is an early years teacher and writer who also loves to craft and create! She writes on topics such as education, health and parenting for websites such as School Explained and has contributed learning sessions on child development and behavior for the Education Information and Learning Services website.

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