The all-time best way to prevent a hangover is simply not to drink too much alcohol. DUH. But of course, there are times where you just want to enjoy a night of drinking.
But before you know it, you’re dead drunk and your body is all primed for a full day of nasty headaches and constant vomiting.
Is there a way to prevent this from happening? As it turns out, there is.
None of these methods are 100% fool proof. And different people respond well to different remedies, so it’s best to experiment and find the one that suits you best.
Eat Something Before You Drink
Eating something before you drink will help to slow down and reduce the effects of hangovers.
If you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, it’ll be absorbed into your blood stream very quickly because there isn’t anything to slow it down.
But digesting food takes a long time. And when you eat before you drink, you’ll slow down your body’s rate of absorption of alcohol.
According to wikiHow, food also helps reduce the formation of acetaldehyde in your stomach, the chemical responsible for causing hangovers.
You should opt for foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates such as salmon, pizza or a slab of juicy steak.
Drink Lots of Water (More than You Think You Need)
Alcohol is a diuretic. That means that consuming alcohol encourages your body to lose water (that’s also why you keep getting up to pee after a night of heavy drinking).
And we all know that confusion, dizziness and severe headaches are all symptoms of dehydration (coincidently, these are also the signs of a hangover).
It’s extremely important that you drink plenty of water before you go to sleep. And if you wake up in the middle of the night to pee, replenish that with a glass of H2O.
Also, start your morning with a refreshing big glass of water and you’ll drop your chances (and severity) of hangovers.
Take Your Vitamin Pills
Metabolizing alcohol uses up a lot of your body’s vitamins and minerals. And the more you drink, the harder your body has to work.
This depletes your body’s vitamin levels and leaves you in a weakened and vulnerable state.
You can give your liver a boost by taking vitamin supplements whenever you’re going to be out drinking (taking is every day is best).
When choosing vitamin pills, opt for one that is high in vitamin B, or you can just eat foods that are naturally high in this vitamin – such as meat, milk and cheese.
Drink the Expensive Stuff
High-end alcoholic beverages have been filtered to remove most of the impurities, which are a main cause in headaches and hangovers.
Opt for one serving of an expensive drink rather than five cups of cheap alcohol.
You’ll get more satisfaction out of it, and you’ll also probably savour the drink and end up consuming much less alcohol, which reduces your chances of getting a hangover.
If you have to go somewhere early in the morning the next day, then it’s probably not a good idea to be drinking late into the night.
Your body needs time to recover from the alcohol, and the best way to do it is to give it as much sleep as it needs.
Alcohol can also interfere with the quality of your sleep. Hence, you probably need more sleep than usual to recover from a night of heavy drinking.
Bonus Tip: Eat a Hearty Breakfast
Some guys will tell you that drinking some alcohol in the morning is a good remedy to cure hangovers. But research so far has been unable to prove this point.
And when you think about it, it just sounds plain silly – introducing more of the substance that causes hangovers in the first place is definitely not a good way to cure it.
More often, this is just an excuse given by people who have problem drinking to convince themselves that they’re doing their body a good thing by drinking in the morning.
Instead, opt for a proper and hearty breakfast.
Drink lots of water and avoid anything too greasy or too heavy. Eggs (scrambled, omelette, poaches, whatever) are a great way to start your day.