5 Effective Ways to Deal with a Hangover
A hangover is the unpleasant aftermath of a fantastic evening with alcohol. According to a study, the four most frequently reported symptoms are tiredness, sleepiness, thirst, and lack of concentration. Although there is no drink, food, or pill that can magically cure a hangover, you can mitigate the severity of symptoms with a little intervention.
However, the best approach is to always be watchful in your drinking and avoid binge-drinking.
Here are five ways to ease your pain during a hangover:
- Drink fluids
Alcohol is diuretic because it inhibits the release of vasopressin, a hormone that decreases the volume of urine made by the kidneys. If sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting accompany a hangover, more dehydration will follow. Even though it’s difficult to consume food and liquid because of nausea, regular liquid intake every half-hour can ease the suffering associated with hangovers. It’s also a great way to helps with headaches and dehydration.
- Get some carbohydrates
Drinking lowers blood sugar levels, causing fatigue and headaches as the brain works without enough quantities of its primary fuel. It’s better to eat carbs before and after your drink. Try having toast with juice; it’s a gentle way to nudge your carbohydrate levels back to normal.
- Avoid dark alcoholic beverages
Clear liquors, such as vodka and gin, cause hangovers less frequently than dark ones, such as whiskey, red wine, and tequila. In alcoholic beverages, ethanol is the main ingredient, but the darker liquors also contain congeners — toxic chemicals that include methanol, isopentenyl, and acetone. According to a study, congeners cause worse hangovers than ethanol-based drinks.
- Take a pain reliever, but not Tylenol
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful during headaches. However, inappropriate use of NSAID can further irritate an upset stomach. Avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol) as it may accentuate toxic effects on the liver.
- Avoid caffeine
Coffee is a diuretic. Over-consuming caffeine-based beverages can cause severe dehydration. It may also worsen your headache. So, it may not be the best idea to grab a cup of coffee when you’re hungover.
But you can take a cup of sweetened tea; it contains less caffeine than coffee. The beverage type and brewing method can significantly reduce the amount of caffeine. Drinking green tea can help too.
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