Every now and then many of us enjoy losing ourselves in a drink or three, but suffering the morning after makes us wonder why we bothered knocking back so many in the first place.
As Christmas parties get closer and closer, we’ve rounded up some must-know tips on how to avoid and treat the dreaded hangover the next day.
Before you even begin drinking alcohol you should make sure your stomach is nice and full of carbohydrates, so tuck into something like pasta or rice before you start on the booze. These foods will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol and stop it from going to your head.
It’s also a good idea to drink water or juice between every glass of wine or spirit and mixer so you’re hydrated. However, avoid fizzy non-alcoholic drinks as carbonated options only speed up the alcohol absorption!
If you are a spirit drinker, don’t scrimp on the choice of brand you have; it may be tempting to go for the cheapest option and save your pennies but experts have noted higher-end options are more filtered, making your hangover less severe.
Feeling totally rough isn’t all down to being dehydrated though; your insides are left inflamed and you suffer oxidative stress, when your body is out of balance and is unable to fully detoxify. To get your immune system back on track after your drinking session, or to set yourself up beforehand, take a multivitamin or drink some fresh fruit juice before you go out to boost your nutrients and antioxidants.
When you finally get home you’ll more than likely reach for a pint of water, but be aware that drinking too much H2O can put your body under stress and disrupt your sleep with frequent toilet visits.
Getting a solid night’s shut eye is also vital as while it doesn’t stop a hangover, it does help you get back on track. Then there’s the reliable painkiller; anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen are best because they tackle the effects of alcohol. Take it easy and be aware that your tummy may crave greasy food, but it might end in disaster if you're feeling sensitive.
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