Hangovers: Prevention, Intervention and Cures
For those who are really worried about a hangover, the best
piece of advice is don't get drunk. But, here's some tips on drinking.
1. Don't keep
up with the boys. Women do not have the tolerance for alcohol that men do, even when
they are the same size. For men the standard is two drinks per evening. For women a better
should be one drink for smaller women (less than 120 lbs.) and one and a half for all others.
A drink is defined as
one mixed drink, 4 oz of wine, or 12 oz of beer. A "half drink" is
a light beer, or a wine cooler.
2. Drink clear alcohol. Dark alcohol tends to contain a substance called cogeners. These types
of alcohols are more likely to cause hangover symptoms. White wine,
vodkas, light rum are examples of clear alcohols. Red wine, dark rum, sherry, brandy are
high in cogeners. Beer is in between, mostly depending on how dark it is. This difference
has no effect on how drunk a woman can get, only the liklihood and severity of hang-overs.
3. The food thing. Everyone knows this already. Eat something before and during alcohol
consumption. This slows the absorption of alcohol. Fats and carbohydrates are best for
slowing absorption. Sugars intake prevents hang-overs. Cakes and pastries are the party
food that has lots of all three.
4. The water thing. Dehydration is a big part of hang-overs. Combat it while you are drinking.
Intersperse the measily ration of drinks a woman has, with water-based drinks. Try to avoid ones with
caffeine and acids. Carbonation? Depends on how easily upset the woman's stomach gets. If
she has a weak stomach, skips the bubbles. Get some more sugar in here too.
5. Think about how fattening getting drunk and preventing the hangover is. Six alcohol drinks,
2 brownies, and 4 sugar-based drinks--a whopping 2100 calories. Will a woman's social life
improve by becoming a fat, drunk woman?
Post-Drunk, Pre-Sleep Intervention
1. More Water. The dehydration of getting drunk actually
stimulates the body to absorb water from the brain, which in fact
shrinks a bit. This causes the headaches, dry mouth, and part of the
general malaise of the hangover. 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. Sugar based drinks can help too.
Again, no caffeine, such as
coffee should be avoided as they only act to further dehydrate a
person and sleep will be the best escape anyway. Avoid carbonation and
acidic drinks (like orange juice) if the stomach is upset. Apple juice, Hawaiian Punch, and Gatorade are good drinks. Milk can be hard to digest at this point. If nauseated,
clear water at room temperature, taken in small sips will be the easiest to
2. More Sugar. 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
3. Pepto Bismol or Antacid
4. Maybe Some Ibuprofen. If stomach is not upset and there is no history of ulcers or
bleeding problems, and the woman is NOT a regular, heavy drinker,
a couple of ibuprofen or similar pain-relievers can help. Be
careful. Both alcohol and these medications irritate the stomach and increase the
tendency to bleed. It isn't worth adding to the problem. Advil, Aleve are acceptable
Tylenol or aspirin probably won't touch it. In addition, Tylenol (actominophen) can cause liver damage and should be avoided if the woman is a regular, heavy drinker. This is defined as 3 or more drinks a day. Asprin can also contribute to stomach bleeding.
5. Put extras of all the above next to the mattress, which should be put on the floor. Put a
solid sided wastebasket or bucket nearby too. Unhook the phone.
Usually your body will crave just what it needs.
A method that combines all of these helpful hints:
Step 1. Start with Pepto Bismol
Step 2. A large glass of water (16-32 oz a standardized-size canned drink is 12 oz)
OR A large glass of orange juice, if the stomach is OK (with or without extra sugar added)
Step 3. A big chocolate chip cookie or brownie
Step 4. Followed by 2 ibuprofen (if meet the above criteria)
Step 5. Remember this moment
Step 6. Repent
Step 7. Unhook the phone, go back to bed
THINGS THAT DON'T WORK
1. Keep drinking
3.Here's a whole list