If you’re planning to have a few drinks we recommend you read these expert tips to prevent a hangover so that you can wake up feeling fresh the next day.
Ask any expert, and they'll tell you that the best way to avoid a hangover is to lay off the booze, mostly because there's no hard-and-fast, research-backed remedy. However, if you know you’re going out and plan to drink, you can take precautions ahead of time to minimise the chances of a hangover.
The choices you make while at a bar or club have a big effect on how you feel the next day. For example, gin and vodka contain fewer toxins than dark-coloured drinks, and drinking champagne gets you intoxicated faster due to its bubbles. If you prefer mixed drinks, pure fruit juice makes a better mixer than soda. That is because juice contains extra vitamins and soda is high in sugar and calories.
You can also prolong the time it takes you to feel drunk by ordering higher quality drinks. Not only do they contain fewer toxins, you may be less likely to drink quickly because it will rack up an expensive bar tab. Another thing to consider is that smoking cigarettes while drinking tends to make the hangover the next morning much worse.
Some people overdo it on water after drinking alcohol to prevent dehydration, but too much water can result in a lot of trips to the lavatory and disrupted sleep. Instead, drink one quick glass of water when you get home and place a full glass next to your bed in case you wake up with a dry mouth. Taking an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, before you go to sleep reduces the inflammation caused by excess alcohol intake. Make sure that your room is dark enough to sleep and wear earplugs and a mask if necessary.
Drinking more alcohol when you wake up only prolongs a hangover. A breakfast of eggs and soda water speed up your metabolism and reduce toxins that can lead to a nasty headache. Just make sure you avoid the classic fried eggs and bacon; this is difficult to digest and could upset your stomach, adding to your woes. Try a dry omelette instead.
Drink smart, drink safe, and wake up feeling... perhaps not fresh as a daisy... but certainly not too bad.
If you do suffer from severe hangovers, or have a problem with alcohol, we recommend speaking to a doctor for more information. You can use Whitecoat to help you to find a general practitioner who is right for you if you have any further questions.
09 Jan 2017