Tips For Curing A Hangover

Do you have any hangover tips?

For those of you who are really worried about a hangover, the best piece of advice I have is don't get drunk.

There are as many hangover cures as there are people who get drunk on New Year's Eve, so really a person has to do what works best for them. For some people this is eggs and hash browns in the morning, others choose dry toast and tomato juice. Usually your body will crave just what it needs, water, sugar, sleep, and a couple of ibuprofen, (always taken with some food or milk, otherwise that upset stomach will get worse).

But there are some things that can be done in advance of the morning that might skim the nasty edge off of New Year's Day. One of the most common remedies is to drink a lot of water before going to sleep. Part of what a person experiences both while drunk and while hungover is dehydration. Getting drunk actually stimulates the body to absorb water from the brain, which in fact shrinks a bit. By drinking water prior to going to sleep a person helps prevent dehydration, and speeds up the flushing of alcohol from the body. Some people even suggest drinking Gatorade or a sports drink before going to bed. Drinks with caffeine, such as coffee should be avoided as they only act to further dehydrate a person.

Another step you can take is to eat foods high in sugar, either before going to sleep, or the next morning. This helps because alcohol breaks down sugar stores in the liver that need to be replaced. Without these sugar stores we often feel lightheaded and weak. A person can start fighting that hangover even earlier by making sure that they drink alcohol on a full stomach. Breads and pasta, or party snacks like pretzels will slow the absorption of alcohol. To treat that upset stomach later on in the evening any antacid will do.

A method that combines all of these helpful hints--start with Pepto Bismol, then a big chocolate chip cookie or brownie, a large glass of water (16-32 oz), followed by 2 ibuprofen. Do all this before going to bed. Keep extras on the nightstand.

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