See some of the best remedies to prevent the hangover from hell.
Look, we've all been there. One minute you're having the time of your life and the next you're waking up with a pounding head, a vague memory of asking the bartender for their number and a whole lot of regret. Before threatening to join a nunnery (you won't) or to never drink again (you will), here all some less-drastic alternatives to stop your weekends ending up a nauseous disaster.
It's far easier to prevent a hangover than cure one so we're starting this guide there, but you can skip to the aftermath if you've already gone off the deep end and are reading this with one bleary eye open.
Line your stomach
Your mum probably told you this one about a thousand times and as you probably discovered by ignoring her advice, she was right. Lining the walls of your stomach with fat will help you slow down the rate of alcohol absorption.
Not only will this keep you from ending your night with your head in a bucket, it will also prevent you from getting embarrassingly drunk at your next work event.
Hit up one of the best burger joints in your area before your next night out for a meal that is both disappointment-free and potentially job-saving.
Pick a poison and stick to it
Another piece of advice we know is good but still actively choose to ignore is not mixing drinks. It may seem like a grand idea to start the night off with one (or five) espresso martinis before moving on to spirits and then, thanks to impaired decision-making, shots. However, it isn't a good idea and we all know it.
Different types of alcohol have different levels of congeners in them, meaning they'll all have a slightly different effect on you. The messy mix of beverages is basically the recipe for one whopping headache and a very unsettled stomach.
Starting off drinking something with a lower alcohol content can also accustom your body to getting drunk at a certain rate. Throw some Fireball whisky into that routine and it isn't hard to guess what happens next.
Drinking excessive amounts of any alcohol is going to give you a raging headache, but sticking to the one liquor choice may help to make it a little more manageable.
Try wine drops
For those of us who love a glass of wine a lot more than it loves us, Dan Murphy's now has our backs by stocking Preservative Free Wine Drops. The drops, made by Pure Wine, oxidise the active wine preservative, Sulphur Dioxide gas, which causes everything from allergies to those infamous wine hangovers.
While they can't stop your hangover completely (sorry to say that one is entirely reliant on your self-control), they can greatly lessen it. Best of all, the drops do not alter the taste of your expensive red, so you can sip away without regret.
Though made with wine in mind, the drops can also be used on your favourite alcoholic beverages including beer, champagne and spirits. Given the glowing reviews and the tiny $4.99 price tag, it might be worth carrying one of these mini miracle bottles with you to your next big event.
Cures for when you're too far gone:
Scenario: You wake up feeling like a dried husk of your former self. Your mouth feels like it hasn't tasted water in at least a week, your bed is your new best friend and you begin to woefully reminisce about all the times you weren't hungover and promise you'll never take them for granted again. The absolute last thing you feel like doing is donning your sweatpants for a workout. Unfortunately, it might just be one of the best ways to bounce back after your "friend" convinced you tequila shots were a great idea.
After questionable levels of alcohol consumption, all the feel-good chemicals in your brain take a serious nosedive, leaving you feeling down in the dumps. Exercise is a sure-fire way to get endorphins soaring again to counteract that glum feeling. Better yet, physical activity also helps to loosen the constricted blood vessels you have to thank for your pounding headache, aiding your transition back to actual human being.
That being said, it isn't advised to jump straight into your favourite cardio workout while you're still feeling fragile. Gentle exercise like going for a walk should help you sweat out last night's regret without overdoing it, just remember to keep well-hydrated.
We all know that alcohol causes dehydration, but what you might not know is that it also impairs the kidneys' ability to concentrate urine, so you end up losing extra sodium and potassium (electrolytes) too.
The resulting imbalance can cause many hangover woes including shaking, increased heartbeat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and frequent trips to the bathroom.
While water will definitely help you hydrate, isotonic drinks such as Powerade can work wonders. As they're designed to quickly replace sugars and salts, they'll not only rehydrate you, but give you a boost of energy too.
Swing by your closest supermarket and grab one next time you find yourself in need of being resurrected in time for work.
Sleep it off
It may seem glaringly obvious and just about the only thing you want to do anyway, but sleeping is the number one way to cure your hangover.
One of the worst side effects of alcohol consumption is the disruption of your sleep cycle. Lack of sleep can cause you all manner of undesirable side effects such as fatigue, irritability, heightened emotions and an inability to concentrate. If it occurs often enough, it can also do some serious damage to your mental health.
Sleeping gives your body a chance to heal, which is especially important in the instance where say, you've poisoned it with alcohol.
Having a snooze will allow your liver a chance to break down the alcohol in your system so you can get back to planning your next night out sooner.