The Hangover

Anyone who has drunk too much at some point will be familiar with a hangover, it is one of the major side effects of alcohol. It is an extremely unpleasant feeling and can leave you with symptoms including headaches, extreme thirst, nausea and sensitivity to light and noise

There are many urban myths and old wives tales about a cure for a hangover, and the bad news is they are almost all untrue. The body can only process alcohol so fast, so you can lessen the affects of a hangover but they body will still need to break down the alcohol regardless.

Things that don’t work! hungover-lady

Hair Of The Dog – Drinking more alcohol will not cure your hangover. All it does is put it off until later, whilst boosting the existing toxicity of the alcohol already in your body.

Beer before liquor – never sicker – It’s the amount you drink, not the order of your drinks that cause a hangover.

Taking aspirin or ibuprofen – if taken before drinking, aspirin has been shown to increase the levels of alcohol in your blood by 26%. Taking ibuprofen while drinking may increase the chance of side effects such as bleeding in the stomach or intestine.

Taking Paracetamol – This can be very dangerous as the toxic dose is very close to the prescribed dose. After consuming alcohol it is very easy to forget how much Paracetamol has been taken

A Fry Up – This might help you feel slightly better in the short term but your body will still have to process the alcohol – and now all the greasy food too. Also there is no real nutritional value in a fry up which your body needs when hungover

Coffee – alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it makes you dehydrated, so coffee adds to the problem rather than helping


pink-ladyThings That Help

Eat – You can reduce the effects of a hangover by eating a meal before you start drinking. The best foods to eat to slow the absorption of alcohol into the body are fatty foods as they remain on the stomach lining for a longer time. If you
are in the process of digesting a steak your body has more time to process the alcohol and its by-products, which will decrease the chances of a hangover.

Drink water – Before you go to sleep to to rehydrate your body and lessen the effects of the hangover

Rest – The only thing to get rid of a hangover is time, your body needs to detox and get rid of the alcohol