15 Ways to Avoid a Hangover
It’s official! Hangovers suck, and if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who doesn’t suffer from it, then why are you reading this article? Whatever your reason may be, the one simple truth remains. Hangovers are the worst – every single time. Funnily enough, no matter how much we tell ourselves that we will never drink again after that wretched night and that unbearable headache bordering vomit tendencies the next day, we still end up with a few too many champagne bottles in our left hand and probably a margarita or two in the right. Before you decide to go out drinking, here’s a few tricks on hand to keep you hangover-free the next day. And well, if it is the next day, a few cures that might just ease the pain you have induced yourself. Let’s start with the basics.
- Drink water
When we say drink water, we mean drink water before, during and after your extravagant trip to the bar and the two nearby pubs. You don’t get a pass whenever the bartender flirts with you either. So, drink! According to the first page of our Google research, excessive alcohol consumption causes dehydration and if you don’t know it by now, headache is a symptom of dehydration. What’s your excuse again for not drinking water?
- Juice up on multivitamins
Surprisingly, water is not enough in preventing the most terrible hangover of your life. To lessen its effects, you need to do more than just hydrating yourself. Cosmopolitan says, as backed up by Dr. Burke, that antioxidants are great in alleviating the damage caused by your excessive drinking night out. And no, we don’t mean that cosmopolitan drink you have in your hand.
- Go for the Carbs
Okay, we got a little carried away. It’s not just carbs. We’re talking about the whole deal – carbs, protein, and fat. Yay for skipping your diet (again)! Apparently, red meat is great in processing that nasty glass of rum and coke you’ve been chugging all night. So make sure to keep eating that cheeseburger pizza you always wished existed and feel free to jump that bourbon the first chance you get.
As if you need any more reason to sleep! Do we even have to explain why? Cut it short, alcohol consumption can severely affect our immune system. While sleeping doesn’t guarantee you a foolproof adamantium-vibranium alloy shield from a hangover (So proud of that Captain America reference), it helps increase your immune system which can in turn ward off the unpleasant side effects of extreme drinking night out.
Now that we’ve discussed the preparation you need to do before getting your alcohol champion side out and about, let’s discuss a few things you might have to be aware of while consuming that vodka you so dearly love. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Ditch the champagne
Apologies for this unfortunate event, but it has to be done. Our friends and experts from Cosmopolitan have stated it themselves. Champagnes are amazing at getting you incredibly drunk in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, this equates to a nasty hangover you wouldn’t want to meddle with the next day. So trust us when we say, skip the bubbles. There are many ways to get drunk.
- Stick to one
No, dear. We are not talking about relationships. Although, that would be a great start. It’s already been said a million times, but we just can’t help ourselves sipping a few drinks from Friend A and Friend B. While this is great fun (maybe), mixing your drinks causes your body’s immune system to take on more hits than it can take. And we’re no Rocky Balboa or Bruce Lee. For your sake, the next day, stick to one alcohol all throughout.
- Go for Coconut Water
…Or Gatorade, whichever strikes your fancy. The important thing is to rehydrate in between your rum marathon at the bar. While water is great in doing just that, there’s nothing like replacing the fluids and electrolytes you’ve lost after that 91st trip to the toilet which only coconut water and sports drink can do. So fancy!
And now that your overnight drinking escapade is over, what else do you need to do to avoid that seething hangover lurking just right after you took your last three shots? Well, there are a few things that you might actually try.
- Slow down on the water
Yes, we may sound like we’re contradicting our statements here, but remember that time when you drank so much water before bed that you ended up having the crappiest sleep of your life because of your frequent trips to the toilet? Well, that won’t do in your situation. You need sleep (period). Limit yourself to two glasses at most and just keep it by your bedside table in case you wake up in the middle of the night parched.
- Take an Ibuprofen
Again, our trusted Dr. Burke was kind enough to suggest taking ibuprofen before bed in cases when you know that you’ve had a little more than your usual 28 shots of tequila. However, he did mention to avoid painkillers that contain acetaminophen as it is really bad for the kidneys and liver. As if alcohol is not enough.
- Keep It Dark
If you have one of those fancy windows that can make your room pitch black, this is the best time to use it. Light can especially mess up your sleep cycle and ain’t nobody got time for that especially when you’ve been almost knocked out by your friendly third bottle of sauvignon blanc. And if you’re one of us, settle for a sleeping mask. It may be uncomfortable, but much better than a brain-thumping hangover.
Finally, you are awake and not totally ready to take on the day. You still have a hangover or you decided to ignore our well-guided advice (if so, how dare you). Then again, we can’t blame your drunk self for having another bottle of that bourbon mix. In that case, we only have about a few more tips to help you out and it doesn’t guarantee hangover-reparo. It wouldn’t hurt though.
- Get those eggs
Yup! Those eggs. Whether you like it poached or scrambled, as long as you have them plain and simple, your alcohol-induced headache may just bid farewell in no time!
- Skip the grease
Unfortunately, we don’t have any good news if you happen to be craving some greasy ham and bacon paired with a heavy brekky. While it has not been proven to have any damaging effects, it can upset your stomach which will, in turn, contribute immensely to that sickening headache you are trying to get rid of.
- Sprites it up
And we’re being smart here. Apparently, a study from Sun Yat-Sen university has found that sprite and soda water are great in helping your immune system recover to fend off the effects of alcohol. In short, your hangover will be shorter and your recovery will be faster. So, drink up!
- No more alcohol
This is not a joke. Who started that rumour? You can’t get rid of a hangover by having another round of your favourite gin and cola mix. Tempting, but no. You’re just prolonging your agony and more likely causing a catastrophic hangover to explode once you’ve had your share.
The miracle cure?
- Just skip alcohol altogether
We won’t explain this one. It’s self-explanatory. The best way to avoid a hangover is to just not drink alcohol – end of story. And since we both know that that’s never going to happen, how about we just make sure that you have the best time of your life while guaranteeing a safe trip home?
Our party buses are your practical solution to a fun and safe shindig. You no longer have to worry about who will be the designated driver and everyone will have the time of their lives drinking to their heart’s desire. On top of that, you will be chauffeured to your destination by the best and the most gracious drivers you will ever meet in your entire life. With GPS tracking, you’d know where your party bus is at any time and you’ve got those security cameras on board for added security.
The best part? We can take you home safe at 3 am or 4 am free of any surcharge. Hangover-free, not guaranteed! Now, that calls for a drink (of water). Cheers to that!