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 can be an extremely unpleasant feeling that 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 which are nearly all untrue. The body can only process alcohol at one speed so although you can lessen the affects of a hangover your body will still need to break down the alcohol over the coming hours. Some things will make us feel better but they won’t be removing alcohol from our body.
Things that don’t work!
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 causes 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 that would help your body recover from being hungover
Coffee – alcohol is a diuretic; this means it will dehydrate you so coffee adds to the problem rather than helping