You emerge from a coma-like state to a dark room. You tap your phone to life only to be blinded by its brightness, which is when a headache kicks in. As you go to speak you realize your mouth has overnight turned into the Sahara. Lying back in bed you feel sickness fill your stomach, forcing you to hide under your covers and never want to leave your bed.
The average hangover lasts 9 hours and 45 minutes which the average person can’t stay in bed resting for, so what can be done to aid a hangover?
Whilst there may be no actual cure for hangovers, there are things which can be done before, during and after a heavy night out to reduce the systems of a hangover.
Before the night:
- Chow down: A full stomach makes for a full night of drinking, eating high carbohydrate foods such as pasta, whole-grain bread, and brown rice are great for absorbing alcohol as you drink.
- Milk: before you start drinking have a glass of milk to protect your stomach and slow the absorption of alcohol.
During the night
- One for one: alcohol dehydrates your body leading you to a hangover so drinking water with alcohol helps keep you hydrated whilst you’re drinking.
- Stay clear: brown drinks such as scotch, dark beers and red wine contain congeners which give you hangovers, opting for clear gin and vodka will reduce your headache the next morning.
The morning after:
- Rehydrate: keep a bottle of water by your bed and get drinking as soon as you wake up to replenish your body.
- Eggs: these are full of amino acids which boosts liver function and prevent liver disease which can be caused by alcohol. They also break down acetaldehyde which causes headaches.
- Alka-Seltzer: these dissolvable tablets work at settling your stomach and reduce nausea, they’re also very cheap and widely available (29p on average).
- Hair of the dog: if you’ve got the guts a Bloody Mary will pack enough sugars to put your blood sugar levels up, of course, a virgin Bloody Mary or even a tomato juice will do the same job.