Top tips for avoiding the dreaded alcohol hangover

While I don’t encourage heavy drinking, here are some do’s and don’ts for reducing the damage caused.
The classic alcohol hangover symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, exhaustion, thirst and dizziness. If your hangover is particularly bad, you will be sweaty, your hands will shake and your pulse will race.
Unfortunately, so far there is no 100%  hard evidence on the solutions  for hang overs apart from not drinking but here’s a few do’s and don’ts that might help

 

Do keep hydrated

Alcohol reduces fluids in your body which in turn causes those horrible hang over.
Drink a pint or so of water before you go to sleep and keep a glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the night.
Dioralyte which can be bought over the counter from chemists is specially designed to replace fluids quickly. So take this before you go to bed or even set your mobile phone alarm to go off early in the morning, drink the Dioralyte and go back to bed.

 

Do plan your drinking

Plan in advance how you will manage your drinking.
For example if you are going to a wedding, every 3 rd drink could be water and you could plan to spend time on the dance floor after every 2nd drink- without a drink in your hand!
Keep a bottle of water, a banana or light healthy snack and Dioralyte in your hotel room.

 

Do choose drinks with less alcohol

The number of standard drinks is based on the volume of alcohol in the drink. In wine it can range from 18% to 8% so drink a wine with less alcohol.

 

Don’t

Drink Carbonated (fizzy) drinks as it speeds up alcohol absorption
Use pain killers like paracetamol because it puts more strain on your liver and aspirin can upset your stomach.  Antacids may help your stomach if it’s upset
Eat nibbles which are spicy or salty as they encourage you to drink more.
For more tips on reducing alcohol harm why not listen to our short  audio or take our free lesson

This post was written by Carol

As some who gets hangovers lasting a week, Carol never drank too much - Once she got to a sensible age! However as a patient with an auto immune illness, since she was a teenager she has to drink very little. So she really understands how Irish society makes this very difficult. Carol is responsible for all aspects of Lifewise operations that Valerie and Angela do not cover.

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