You’re lying in bed with a pounding head, a mouth as dry as the Sahara and disgusting nausea, and you’re supposed to be at work in an hour. Yes, it’s the inevitable, crushing hangover, and there is no reliable cure.
With all the fun and party invitations on this merry-making holiday season, it’s perfectly easy to fall again into the trap–and you might find yourself tipsy, drunk and bound for another hang over. But before you suddenly cancel all our nights out for fear of the hangover, there are actually ways where you drink smarter.
Here are our top tips to dodge a hangover, which might be particularly useful at this time of year. Psst.ph teaches you how. Read on…
They say ‘eating is cheating.’ You’ll get drunk faster if you drink on booze on an empty stomach. But you’re also most likely to end up with brain-frying headache the very next day. So make sure you eat first.
Don’t just drink alcohol. Hydrate yourself.
Alcohol causes dehydration, which in turn makes your hangover infinitely more unpleasant. Stay hydrated, ideally by drinking a sports drink like Lucozade or coconut water – both contain the nutrients you lose when you’re out on the town drinking.
Water is always the safest option when it comes to hydrating ourselves. Drinking a glass of water between drinks might sound like something your mother would nag you about, but it really does help you avoid a hangover.
Drink clear drinks
It may sound like an urban myth, but studies have found that hangovers tend to be worse if you’ve been drinking darker fluids, compared to lighter ones. The likes of red wine, whiskey and dark rum contain more congeners, toxic chemicals, that contribute to some intense hangovers. Ditch them in favour of clear alcohol, such as gin, white wine or vodka – the latter has almost no congeners at all.
Avoid cheap spirits
You will be surprised to find out that more expensive drinks are usually distilled and contain fewer congeners – effectively giving you a better quality drink that won’t make you want to throw your guts up in the morning.
Don’t go for the fizz
Avoid bubbly stuff at all cost. Alcohol that’s mixed with carbonated drinks give especially bad hangovers.
It’s a good reason to lay off the champagne on New Year’s Eve, and it also means you should try to avoid any spirits mixed with Coke. The bubbles speed up the absorption of alcohol in your system, getting you drunk quicker but giving you searing hangovers.
Do not smoke.
Studies have shown that people smoking alongside drinking tends to increase the risk and severity of a hangover.
And if none of that works, measure the pros and cons before you decide that drinking more booze is your last resort. Good luck!