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10 Hangover Cures!
Here at Drop Of Pink we of course don’t encourage drinking in excess, however it is the party season, and we know these things do happen occasionally! So, we thought we’d share a variety of ‘cures’ with you for the dreaded hangover from Hell. After all, there’s nothing worse than waking up the morning after the night before, wishing you’d never even touched a drop (and vowing never to again!)
1. Keep hydrated
No, I don’t mean drink more booze! Try having a glass of water or a soft drink between your alcoholic drinks. This keeps your fluid levels up, and also slows your boozey intake down – win/win!
If you can, eat a decent meal before you begin drinking. If not, snacking whilst drinking will keep your stomach lined and should therefore help; alcohol is absorbed slower when you’ve eaten. Carbohydrates such as pasta or bread are the best things to eat, as they take a long time to digest.
3. Pre-party tablets
If you know you’re going to be having a fair amount to drink, you could try hangover prevention pills such as RU-21, which work by providing you with those much-needed animo acids and by flushing toxins out of your body before they settle in and take effect.
4. The Classic
Ibuprofen, aspirin or paracetamol washed down with plenty of water usually does the trick. I sometimes set my alarm for silly o’clock the next day; wake up, drink the water, take the pills and then go back to sleep. When I wake up much later I’m usually feeling lots better.
5. Post-party tablets
There are tablets on the market, such as Blowfish, which you take after drinking and some claim to cure any hangover within 15 minutes. On closer inspection these contain aspirin, caffeine and an antacid: not as magical as they originally sounded! Still, a good combination for feeling better.
6. The humble bacon sandwich
You may really want to believe a bacon sarnie on the morning after can solve all of your morning after woes, but it could actually be true! Food in general kick starts your metabolism, and a bacon butty in particular will provide you with plenty of amino acids, which your body craves after a heavy night out in order to replenish itself. It’s surely worth giving this one a go!
Most of my friends swear by this one. After nights which left them looking and feeling a bit Edward Scissorhands the next day, I have often witnessed friends come back to life thanks to one cup. Caffeine boosts alertness and reduces the size of blood vessels in the brain, meaning it can help get rid of a pounding headache. However, it is also dehydrating, so make sure you drink lots of water too.
Stimulating certain points on your hands or body with your fingertips before and/or after alcoholic drinks could help alleviate the suffering of a hangover. Try it on yourself or if you’re really feeling rough, ask someone else to do it for you! See the links below for more information.
This is probably the hangover cure from Hell for most people; hitting the gym is certainly the last thing I’d want to do on the morning after a night of partying! However it could have its benefits – the theory is you can sweat out toxins quickly and rehydrate yourself with loads of water. Try it out – let me know if it works!
10. Deep-fried canaries
Believe it or not, this was actually a real hangover cure in Ancient Greece! I’m assuming you won’t be tempted by this one, but in case you are – don’t.
General info on alcohol consumption: www.drinkaware.co.uk