New years Eve is often a heavy night, with lots to drink over a very long period of time. The crashing headache and feeling of nausea are your reward for having a good time. Check out these top ten tips to handling a hangover and feel better this year, or at least better prepared.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Some of us are sensible enough to down the water before going to bed after a heavy night out, but it turns out you need to start much earlier than that. If you know you’re going to be drinking that night, start chugging down the water from the moment you wake up. We all know we should be doing it anyway. Drinking can make your body expel up to four times the normal amount of water, hence all those trips to the loo! Keep topped up.
Line your Stomach
I always thought this one was a bit of a myth, but really you need to have food in your stomach before you go out drinking. Fatty foods slow down the rate or alcohol absorption, a great excuse to have a burger or bacon sarnie, but a glass of milk will do the job. Do your body a favour and be prepared.
Choose your drinks carefully
Not to get too sciencey on you, but Congeners are produced during the fermentation of alcohol and these, as well as being responsible for flavour, are thought to be one of the things that create a hangover. In general the darker the drink the more congeners there are in it. Sticking to white wine, gin and vodka will mean less of a headache than red wine, whisky, brandy or dark rum. Be honest, you know the drinks that are a killer for you.
One Wine One Water
It takes your body around one hour to break down one unit of alcohol, a small glass of wine is 1.5 units and a pint of beer averages between 2-3 units. This is where the trouble begins, you’ll almost definitely have more wine or beer than that in a hour if you’re out partying. Alternate your drinks with water. A glass of the sparkling stuff with a little ice and lemon will help to slow the hangover process down and keep you hydrated
If you’re still standing, walk home. It helps to walk off the alcohol and leaves you better in the morning. I know this works, but make sure you have one reasonably sober person with you to stop you falling in the road, stepping off the curb too soon or just sitting down “for a little rest” that lasts longer that you intended!
The Morning After
Drinking can deplete your potassium levels so reach for a banana to help you through. Then have some food, toast or something simple is the best option, although if your stomach can stand it a fry up often works a treat.
Ginger can help with feeling sick, a little chopped fresh ginger in boiling water with some honey helps with the sickness and boosts your blood sugar
Coffee is a diuretic, it just makes you loose more water, don’t reach for the percolator, down a glass or two of water or fruit juice.
Hair of the dog doesn’t work, or is just a temporary fix. It shifts your hangover to later in the day, where it will rush to greet you with full force. Anyway who really wants to be drinking first thing in the morning?
The next tip is two extremes, alcohol disrupts your sleep so curl up and catch up with the sleep you’ve lost. Or if you can face it – work it off. Exercise is a great way to cure a hangover, but remember to keep topping up the water levels, keep hydrated.