We’ve all been there… you drank a little bit too much alcohol the night before and now you’re feeling the physical (and probably emotional) effects. But don’t worry, we’ve got some hangover tips to help you survive the morning after the night before.
What to drink
It’s vital to drink plenty of fluids (just not more alcohol, ‘hair of the dog’ does not work). Bland liquids like water, soda water and isotonic drinks (sports drinks) are easy on the digestive system.
Water is the best drink for rehydration, although the sugar and vitamins in fruit juices boost your body’s ability to recover.
The NHS advises that ‘the best time to rehydrate is before going to sleep after a drinking session’, so always remember to leave water on your bedside table before going out!
What to eat
If you wake up feeling a bit tender, try to eat something. Eggs, avocados and oats are sworn by online to help banish a hangover.
Bananas and kiwis are a source of potassium, a mineral you lose when drinking, and sugary foods can help with any shakes.
The NHS’s advice? Bouillon soup! ‘A thin vegetable-based broth, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which can top up depleted resources. Its main advantage is it’s easy for a fragile stomach to digest.’
If it’s really bad, take painkillers
If you’re suffering a truly sinister hangover, paracetamol, antacids and rehydration treatment sachets can all help to settle your stomach and help with headaches and muscle cramps.
Try to sleep it off
Sleeping is the body’s way of allowing itself to recover and heal. You should still brave it through that 9am lecture if it’s a weekday, just crawl back into bed to recover after.
And the best way of all to avoid a hangover…
Don’t drink too much!
Of course, the best hangover hack is to not drink alcohol in the first place (who knew?), or at least not too much. The NHS actually says there is no cure, just things you can do to ease any discomfort. Sometimes you just have to face the consequences of your actions and wait it out!
Got any more hangover tips? Let everyone know in the comments!