Nothing spoils a fun night of drinking like the prospect of a wicked hangover the next morning. Drinking large amounts of alcohol leads to sever headaches, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, unclear memories, bad choices and other unpleasant side effects.
Alcohol basically works as a poison in your system, and that is why the aftermath is so brutally harsh. Typically, most people deal with a hangover with a couple aspirin or some hairs of the dog that bit you (a single glass, can, or shot of whatever alcohol you were drinking the night before). Such efforts usually take a long time to work with limited success.
While there is no sure, absolutely guaranteed way to avoid a hangover, there are tons of ways that work for some people to lessen or erase the devastating effects of drinking a lot of alcohol.
Just like a cure for earthquakes, tornados, and other disasters, there is no reason not to limit suffering. Try the following tips to see which works for you.
Many people claim that the main side effects of a hangover occur because of alcohol’s dehydrating effects on the body. Certainly, you probably weren’t thinking of proper hydration while doing tequila shots followed by salt-and-lime chasers.
Many drinkers assert that drinking a large amount of water prior to going to sleep after a night of hard drinking will minimize the effects of a hangover. If it doesn’t cure or help your hangover, it will at least get you up to use the bathroom; just as long as you didn’t drink so much that you pass out.
Similarly, some people maintain that going to bed with nothing but alcohol in your stomach is a sure recipe for a beast of a hangover the next morning. They advise eating something before going to sleep.
Alcohol can be a funny thing; some people get ravenous like a Hungry Hungry Hippo after drinking and some people don’t want to eat anything at all. If you lose your appetite from drinking, try to at least eat a few slices of bread before passing out on the pillow.
Don’t Go to Sleep Drunk
Another trick that many drinkers swear by to avoid a hangover after drinking is not to go to sleep drunk. At some point, you must stop drinking, switch to water or coffee, and wait for the room to stop spinning.
If you can stay up until you are no longer drunk, then you are very likely to avoid a hangover upon waking the next day. This doesn’t mean you have to be sober enough to drive, fly a plane, or perform surgery, but you shouldn’t be staggering or slurring your words.
This method also means that you need to be able to identify when you are past the point of no return. If you drink too much, you will likely pass out, making staying awake until you sober up is an impossible task.
Plan for Enough Sleep
Another option that you should consider is only drinking to excess when you have enough time to sleep it off entirely the next day. With this method, the hangover runs its course while you sleep, blissfully unaware.
Again, you have to be able to realize when your cut-off point is. If you know that you won’t call it a day and go home to sleep at the appropriate time, then you should only get really sloppy drunk when you have the luxury to sleep all the next day.
If you have responsibilities the next day like work or kids, then being MIA or letting the kids fend for themselves while you snooze is not an option. Most social workers call that child abuse and most bosses consider it grounds for termination.
Try an Anti-Hangover Product
Good old consumerism has stepped up to the plate in terms of giving drinkers relief from hangovers, at least in theory. There are many products out there that claim to prevent a hangover altogether if you take it before you start to drink.
However, such claims are not researched or proven by any reliable institute or administration, so you have to consider the effectiveness of anti-hangover products with a grain of salt. Use word-of-mouth and research to buy before you spend your hard-earned money.
Talk to friends, co-workers, family, and random strangers at the bar to see if any of them can recommend a product that truly works. Also, get on the Internet and read consumer-based reviews and ratings of anti-hangover products. If you see a lot of negative comments, then try something else.
If you have money to burn, you can also act as your own guinea pig and try some of these products yourself. Make sure you review any side effects, because cancelling out a hangover is not worth it if the product makes you hemorrhage from your eyes.
Some would claim that the best cure for a hangover is to avoid drinking to excess. However, that method hardly tests your problem-solving skills now, does it?