7 Ways to Combat a Hangover This New Years

Hangovers are different for everyone, but we’ve all been there. Fatigue, dehydration, headaches, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, dizziness, shakiness, excess sweating and being unable to concentrate are all morning-after-the-night-before symptoms that you have a hangover.

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Hangovers vary from slight to heavy and we all have our own tips and tricks for getting over them. Some choose to eat a greasy fry up and drink orange juice, whilst others prefer not to eat at all until their stomach has settled down. Here’s our guide on the best ways to combat a hangover, particularly in the run up to the festive period where our social lives get that little bit busier and we don’t have the time to be bedbound:

Lead a healthy lifestyle

Believe it or not, leading a healthy lifestyle overall is the best way to combat a hangover. Healthy eating, exercise, not smoking or drinking too regularly, these are all top tips for leading a healthy lifestyle, so that when you do come to drink your body is at optimum fitness and health in order to beat off the morning after hangover.

Line your stomach

Ensuring you eat a good-sized (and ideally greasy!) meal before drinking lines your stomach with fat, allowing for some of the alcohol to be soaked up as it hits your stomach and decreasing the amount that gets absorbed into your system. This essentially slows down the process of you getting drunk. That doesn’t mean to say you should drink a crazy amount purely because you’ve eaten, it just means that if you were to drink as you would on an average night out, you’re less likely to feel it the day after.

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Similarly, drinking a glass full of milk will have the same effect as a greasy meal – depending on your preferences.

Stick, don’t mix

If you like a certain drink and you know you can handle yourself on it – stick to it. Mixing drinks is a sure fire way to get drunk quicker, end the night earlier and have a stinking hangover the next day. Whilst sticking to one drink, try to drink in moderation too. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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And now for the morning after…

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Drink soft drinks

Steer clear of coffee and milk when you get home after your night out and in the morning when you wake up feeling tender; both will make a upset tummy that little bit worse. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you could try drinking a small amount and see how you feel after 30 minutes, but it’s best to turn to soft drinks such as water and fruit juice.

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Man up and eat

You may not feel like your stomach has the strength to eat, and the thought of food may make you want to vomit, but the best way to settle an upset stomach is to feed it. A fry up with eggs is a good choice as both help to replace the fatty acids and break down the leftover alcohol in your liver; Carbohydrates such as crackers or toast are a great easy option for if your stomach is feeling overly sensitive and you’re not ready to tackle a full English; whilst bananas will help to build up your potassium levels which would have taken a knock after a few too many drinks.

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Over the counter meds

Many of us turn to tablets when we’ve got a hangover, but did you know that you should steer clear of aspirin and instead reach for the ibuprofen? Ibuprofen will not only assist a banging head, it’ll also help with any soreness you have over your body. Unfortunately aspirin will only make a dodgy tummy feel worse and prolong the hangover.

Go to the spa

Many recommend light exercise, but that can just make you feel even worse. If anything, go for a light swim (but try not to swallow any of the chlorine water) or sit in the sauna and steam rooms. Remember that you’re likely to be dehydrated from the night before though, so whatever you do make sure you have a bottle of water close to hand to keep hydrated.

Found in Health Awareness