Jan 10

What Is A Hangover and How Do You Get Rid of It?

So, you’ve been drinking too much at Tippling Club or have been partying hard at The Pump Room. And now you wake up the next morning with an awful headache, a rolling stomach, and a lot more torment than you can explain. Well, you’ve just got a hangover!

Alcohol

First and foremost, let’s discuss alcohol. You know what it is, you just had some! But a little more knowledge won’t hurt. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it slows the signals sent between the brain and the body. It causes low blood sugar. It’s also a diuretic, it increases the amount of water expelled from our bodies through urine. We’ll go into those later.

Hangovers

Headaches, vertigo, muscle aches, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and nausea are only a few of the many symptoms of a hangover. A hangover is basically a set of symptoms that you get as a result of excessive alcohol intake. Among the many reasons, hangovers occur possibly because of alcohol being a depressant (messes up your hormones), being a diuretic (you get dehydrated from excess urine production), and so on and so forth.

How do you get rid of it?

Ah, the all-important question. Well, you can’t get rid of it completely in one go but luckily, there are ways to help ease the symptoms.

Drink water

This is the obvious one. Like what was said earlier, alcohol accelerates urine production making us dehydrated. So, it’s important to drink plenty of water before or while drinking. Drink water when you wake up the morning after as well. This helps you rehydrate and flush out toxins still left in your body.

Take breakfast

Don’t skip breakfast if you have a hangover. Again, alcohol can lower blood sugar, meaning your system is running on low fuel. Taking some protein and carbohydrates can give your brain and body more energy. Plus, the electrolytes you get from the food you eat can bring calories back to your body.

Keep sleeping (considering it’s not a workday)

You wake up, its already late in the morning, but your head hurts and you still feel very drowsy from a hangover. The answer to that is to listen to your body and go back to sleep. It’s the best way for your body to recover. Lack of sleep will only make hangover symptoms worse.

Take some sugar while drinking

Having some sugar while drinking can speed the breakdown of alcohol in our bodies, hence reducing the likelihood of hangovers. This is simply because sugar contains fructose. But remember not to take it before, rather while drinking as fructose is absorbed by our body pretty quickly.

The magic solution

You would think this is a cliché or simply corny, but it’s the obvious truth! If you don’t want to suffer a hangover, just watch yourself and don’t drink too much alcohol, better yet don’t drink at all. Mind over matter everyone!

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