We have all been here. The good times are rolling, the drinks are flowing, you think ‘one more couldn’t hurt’. Then the next day arrives. You awake with a severe case of regret; head weighing a ton, mouth drier than the dessert and room spinning.
Besides not drinking, these are my top tips for beating a horrendous hangover and creating the illusion that you are indeed a successful, responsible and functioning adult.
Line your Stomach
Think like a cat and drink some milk. Also try to eat something high in fat (preferably unsaturated) because it slows down the rate of alcohol absorption.
On the drinks
Choose your Poison Wisely
MORE CONGENERS in the drink=WORSE hangover. Congeners are substances, other than the desired alcohol, produced during fermentation.
DARK drinks= HIGH in congeners
LIGHT drinks=LOWER in congeners
Basically vodkas all round.
Avoid the Fizz
When people say “the bubbles have gone to my head” they’re not lying. Bubbles speed up the rate of alcohol absorption.
Consuming different levels of congeners/chemicals, will leave you a mixed up mess. I have learnt from experience: rum punches + beers = crawling to the bathroom in a state of delirium…on the day of an 8 hour flight….one of the worst mornings of my life.
Alcohol dehydrates your body which leaves every cell yelling ‘moisturise me, moisturise me!’ Water is your best friend, sip it throughout the day.
Whilst your liver is preoccupied metabolising alcohol your blood sugar levels may fall. Complex carbohydrates can balance blood sugar levels & re-energise your body.
Obviously i’m not talking snorting a line of coke, but if your head won’t quit pounding take an anti-inflammatory pill or two. However, try not to rely on pain killers for relief every time you have a few too many. Overuse of pain medication can cause a build up of toxins in the body, potentially leading to liver problems. Talking of, show your liver some love with this juice.
Complete that assignment, clean your room or, in my sister’s case, look at the shiny things. Anything to preoccupy your mind from the feeling of wanting to crawl under a duvet and die.
Sleep it Off
A remedy very much suited to many people’s talents. Let your body sort itself out, whilst you catch up on some much needed zzz’s.
Hide the Hangover
If all else fails simply pull the duvet over your head. Or if you have to face the world, style your ‘death chic’ look with sunglasses & a hat. If you’re extremely talented, you could create a whole new persona “hola mi llamo es Juan y no estoy borracho.”