Ways to Prevent Hangovers
Drinking alcohol has its pros and cons and one of the worst things about it is getting a hangover the morning after.
As you may know, hangovers are the unpleasant after effects of alcohol intoxication they strike hardest when alcohol has left the body, and are characterized by various dreadful symptoms. This includes headache, fatigue, thirst, dizziness, nausea and a loss of appetite. The severity of hangovers varies between individuals, but most people agree that they are highly unpleasant. Not surprisingly, all sorts of “hangover cures” exist, some of which are claimed to be highly effective. The evidence behind them is limited, and most haven’t even been studied .Even so, there are a few strategies that have shown some potential.
Here are some ways to prevent hangovers, or at least make them significantly less severe.
- Drink in Moderation, or Not at All
The severity of hangovers increases with the amount of alcohol consumed.
For this reason, the best way to prevent hangovers is to drink in moderation (or to abstain completely).
The amount of alcohol needed to produce a hangover varies between individuals.
Some people need only 1 or 2 drinks, but most people need much more. About 23% of people simply do not appear to get hangovers, no matter how much they drink.
That being said, moderation is not always a feasible option. Some people like drinking, and are willing to do it despite knowing that they may regret it the morning after.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to mitigate the damage.
BOTTOM LINE:The severity of hangovers is directly related to the amount of alcohol consumed. Drinking in moderation, or not at all, is the single best way to prevent a hangover.
- Drink Plenty of Water
For this reason, alcohol can contribute to dehydration.
Although dehydration is not considered to be the main cause of hangovers, it may contribute to symptoms like thirst, headache, fatigue and dry mouth.
Fortunately, dehydration is very easy to avoid. Just make sure to drink enough water.
A good rule is to drink a glass of water (or another non-alcoholic beverage) between drinks, and to have at least one big glass of water before going to sleep.
BOTTOM LINE: Drinking plenty of water can help reduce some of the main symptoms of hangovers, including thirst and headache.
- Get Enough Sleep
Alcohol can interfere with your sleep.
It can impair both sleep quality and duration, while disrupting your entire sleep schedule if you stay up too late
Although poor sleep doesn’t have much to do with most hangover symptoms, it may contribute to the fatigue and irritability often associated with hangovers.
Getting plenty of sleep after heavy drinking can help your body recover.
If you are unable to sleep in and take it easy the next day, then getting drunk may not be such a good idea.
BOTTOM LINE:Alcohol can impair the quality of your sleep. Make sure you have plenty of time to sleep in after a night of celebration.
- Eat a Hearty Breakfast
Hangovers are sometimes associated with low levels of blood sugar, a condition known as hypoglycemia.
Hangovers also tend to be more severe in those who have low blood sugar.
Although hypoglycemia is not a major cause of hangovers, it may contribute to some of the symptoms, such as weakness and headache
In addition to providing the necessary vitamins and minerals, having a nutritious breakfast or a late night meal might help maintain your blood sugar levels.
BOTTOM LINE: Eating a good breakfast is a renowned hangover remedy. It can help restore blood sugar levels, which mitigates some of the symptoms.