Hangover Blues!

bodyt happens to most of us at one time or another – that perfect fun night out is followed the next morning by an awful hangover! Who hasn’t woken up after a night of blissful drinking to a pounding headache and a dry throat, fighting the urge to throw up! But somehow this doesn’t deter us from making plans to go drinking again the very next weekend. Obviously, the best way to prevent a hangover is to not drink (or to do so in moderation). But just in case, here are some of the best ways to go out, have fun, and a few drinks, without regretting it too much the next day!

Bon Apetit!
The first step to avoiding a hangover is to make sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach. It may seem like a great idea to skip a meal before a night out, either to get a quicker buzz or to balance out all the calories you’ll be drinking later. Whatever the reason, though, it’s a bad idea! Have a proper meal before you head out for a night on the town, and you’re less likely to feel like you’ve gone through the spin cycle in a washing machine the next day.

Fatty foods are actually a pretty good option, if a lot of drinking is on the agenda. Your meal before the drinking session begins should ideally contain a bit of olive oil or any kind of oil that will help ensure that the hangover isn’t too rough on your stomach. Also, it helps to know that milk is not just for babies! It’s a good option for those who expect to indulge a bit. Milk has a tendency to coat the stomach’s lining, and this helps minimise the amount of alcohol absorbed by the body.

These are a few things you can do before you reach out for your first tipple. But once you start drinking, the rules do change. If you’re on your third or fourth drink, make sure you stay away from all kinds of dairy products and oily food; coupled with the alcohol you’re consuming, these might just induce you to throw up. So stay away from the lactose!

Water, Water… Everywhere
Once you’ve started with the booze, here’s what you can do to minimise the aftermath. Drink lots of water. Alternate every glass of alcohol with one of water to keep the after effects to a minimum. Water in regular doses ensures that you won’t become dehydrated, and you can hold your drinks better. Even if you can’t keep drinking water regularly, make sure you drink lots of water before falling asleep. Downing a couple of glasses will mean that you won’t wake up with a parched throat the next morning. However, be warned, this method might mean frequent trips to the bathroom!

Don’t mix your drinks! The worst thing you can possibly do is to mix different types of alcohol while drinking. Mixing wine with a hard drink like whiskey could very well make your hangover worse than ever. Stick to one kind of drink throughout the night, and make sure your mixers aren’t too sweet. The sweeter the drink, the faster the alcohol gets into your bloodstream and affects your brain. So watch what you drink and you will wake up happier the next morning!

After you’re done with your drinking, one of the best things to do is to down a health drink. The electrolytes in energy drinks are sure to replenish and hydrate your body, ensuring the after effects are a little more bearable. Before you fall asleep, water or some kind of health drink is a must! Replenishing your body with fluids is the best way to take care of it.

Breakfast of Champions
For the morning after, there are many myths and remedies that people swear by. But the safest option is to start with a lot of water and follow it with some honey on toast. The honey contains simple sugars that help the body process the alcohol faster, while the simple carbohydrates in the toast will help neutralise the extreme acidity in the stomach. Simple, easy to digest foods are what the body needs after a stressful night, and eating is mandatory! An empty stomach is no help at all for a hangover.

Although you may crave coffee to help you stay awake, it’s best to stay off the java until your body settles down; the last thing you want to be is hung over and wide awake, unable to sleep!

So there you have it, You & I’s guide to surviving hangovers this party season. But as we always say, consume carefully, and make sure that you never drink and drive!