NEW YEAR’S HANGOVER CURES
Ringing out the old? Ringing in the new?
Want to avoid the ringing in your ears (and pounding in your head)?
Here are a few tips to help you avoid (or cure) that New Year’s hangover…
- Limit Your Alcohol Intake
The easiest way to reduce hangover symptoms is to reduce your alcohol intake, as both the severity and incidence of hangover symptoms increase in line with the amount of alcohol you consume.
In one study, researchers followed 112 young adults on vacation and found that those who drank more heavily had more hangovers, with 68% of heavy drinkers reporting a hangover. Gee, I wonder what genius funded THAT study!
- Avoid Drinks With Congeners
Congeners are toxic chemical by-products that are formed in small amounts during fermentation.
Drinks that are low in congeners include vodka, gin and rum, with vodka containing almost no congeners at all.
Meanwhile, tequila, whiskey and cognac are all high in congeners, with bourbon whiskey containing the highest amount.
- Eat a Good Breakfast
Eating a good breakfast the morning after drinking can help maintain your blood sugar levels, provide important vitamins and minerals and reduce the symptoms of a hangover.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
Alcohol can cause sleep disturbances and may be associated with decreased sleep quality and duration for some individuals.
While a lack of sleep does not cause a hangover, it can make your hangover worse.
Getting a good night’s sleep and allowing your body to recover may help alleviate symptoms and make a hangover more bearable
- Stay Hydrated
Drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration in a few different ways.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect leading to a loss of fluids and electrolytes. Also, excessive amounts of alcohol can cause vomiting, leading to an even further loss of fluids and electrolytes.
Increasing your water intake may help alleviate some symptoms of hangovers and even prevent them altogether.
A good rule is to alternate between a glass of water and a drink. Though this won’t necessarily prevent dehydration, it can help you moderate your alcohol intake. Afterward, stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water whenever you feel thirsty to reduce your hangover symptoms.
- Have a Drink the Next Morning
Also known as “hair of the dog,” many people swear by this common hangover remedy.
Though it’s largely based on myth and anecdotal evidence, there is some evidence to support that having a drink the next morning can lessen hangover symptoms.
Drinking alcohol can prevent the conversion of methanol to formaldehyde, which could reduce some hangover symptoms.
However, this method is not recommended as a treatment for hangovers, as it can lead to the development of unhealthy habits and alcohol dependence.
- Try Taking Supplements
Some studies have found that certain supplements could ease hangover symptoms.
Here are a few supplements that have been researched for their ability to reduce hangover symptoms:
Red ginseng: One study found that supplementing with red ginseng reduced blood alcohol levels, as well as hangover severity
Prickly pear: Some evidence shows that this type of cactus could help treat hangovers. A 2004 study found that prickly pear extract decreased hangover symptoms and cut the risk of hangover severity in half!
Ginger: One study found that combining ginger with brown sugar and tangerine extract improved several hangover symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Really? Just reading that almost made me vomit!
Borage oil: One study looked at the effectiveness of a supplement containing both prickly pear and borage oil, an oil derived from the seeds of starflower. The study found that it reduced hangover symptoms in 88% of participants!
Eleuthero: Also known as Siberian ginseng, one study found that supplementing with eleuthero extract alleviated several hangover symptoms and decreased overall severity
Finally, the best way to avoid a hangover is by taking your own advice… the LAST time you had one. Remember when you said “I will never drink again”!?!