So you’re hungover. It happens, don’t beat yourself up too much over it. But as I’m sure everybody will learn at some point during their brief stay on this planet, there is little worse than a brutally horrific hangover. Focus, movement and completion of basic life tasks become near impossible, nausea threatens the your ability to consume solid foods and the terrific pounding behind the eyes renders sleep the only viable option. Despair not! You can overcome the beast.
First, understand your foe. The hangover has four main causes:
- Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that you’re going to go to the bathroom a lot, which is incredibly dehydrating. Furthermore, if you’re busy pounding double captain and diets, you probably aren’t pausing to drink an ice cold glass of water.
- Electrolyte loss: See previous remark about the diuretic nature of alcohol. You’re also losing most of your electrolytes, which will contribute to that wonky feeling in the morning.
- Low blood sugar: When you’re drinking, you’re essentially sending your body into sugar rush tailspin. (Even more so if you like sugary mixers.) The next morning, all that sugar is gone and its not a great feeling.
- Withdrawal: That shaky feeling? Those, my friends, are the DTs. Alcohol is so addictive, that your body starts to go into withdrawal after a night of heavy drinking. Which is why a little hair-o’-the-dog-that-bit-you works like a charm. And which is also why you should never. ever. cure. your. hangover. with. hair. of. the. dog.
Here is the point in time where I ought to offer some “hangover prevention tips” like: drink responsibly, limit yourself to one drink per hour and drink a complete glass of water between each, don’t consume sugary mixers and blahblahblahblahwhatever, you’re probably still going to end up wasted and brutally hungover one day. So what to do?
-Drink water. Now, don’t go chugging the water, because that would probably be disastrous (Unless of course, you preach the detoxifying benefits of morning-after puking…which I don’t), little sips should do it.
-Think about your electrolytes and blood sugar. This is where Gatorade comes into play for most people. Personally, I hate Gatorade, and choose full sugar Coke instead. However you do it, make sure you’re getting some form of sugar and electrolytes back into your blood stream.
-Solid food. You aren’t going to want it, but you’ll feel so much better after you do.
So friends, what do you do when you’re hungover?