So you read our AUXGOD’s Top 5 Party Drinks blog and decided to take the recipes for a spin. Unfortunately, you overestimated your ability to hold your alcohol and accidentally overcooked your drinking during the party – now you regret it.
Whether you woke up this morning in your bed or halfway across town wondering where your left-shoe went, one thing is for certain: you’ve got a hangover! The light bothers you, every sound seems twice as loud, and you keep repeating the classic hangover phrase, “I’ll never drink again.” Now, you’ve taken to the internet in search of a guide that will cure your hangover and help you return to normal life.
Congratulations. You’ve found that blog! We’re no strangers to the good old “Wine Flu.” That’s why the AUXGOD team got together to bring you a guide for crushing that hangover and feeling like yourself again!
The Good News and the Bad News
We’ll get right to the point: The best way to cure a hangover is to not get one in the first place by moderating your alcohol consumption. But seeing as you’re actively reading this guide, we’re probably past that event horizon. When it comes to curing a hangover, there’s some good news and bad news.
The bad news is that there’s no such thing as “curing” a hangover. When you have a hangover, your body is actually experiencing the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. What does this mean for you? That there’s not much you can do to literally shorten the duration of your hangover – you just have to wait for it to pass.
The good news is that there are quite a few things you can do to make your hangover experience a bit more comfortable. While these strategies won’t make your hangover disappear, they’ll make you feel much better while you work your way back to being a functional adult human.
Here are the AUXGOD team’s top 5 tips for feeling better while fighting a hangover:
1) Stay Home
Just because you slept a few hours doesn’t mean that all the alcohol you consumed is out of your system. The best thing to do while fighting a hangover is to simply stay home. There’s a good chance that you still have some alcohol left in your bloodstream, so do the responsible thing and don’t touch your car keys for a while.
If you’ve read our other AUXGOD party blogs (you should because they’re epic and the author is pretty cool too), you’ll know that we encourage getting your chores done before hosting your party so that you can stay home the next day.
While staying home won’t do anything to make you feel physically better, not having to worry about going anywhere while hungover will give you one less crisis to worry about!
2) Eliminate Your Symptoms
If you’re hungover, chances are you’re feeling tired, weak, irritable, and highly sensitive to light and sound. If this sounds like you, it’s time to start eliminating your symptoms.
First, find a way to minimize the number of external stimuli your body needs to process. Turn off the music, close the blinds, and try to avoid talking too much – all of these things will help you feel less overwhelmed when fighting a hangover. Then, you can eliminate some of your internal discomforts by taking a gentle painkiller to numb that pounding headache.
**Editor’s Note: Do not take painkillers that include acetaminophen (Tylenol). Ingesting this chemical while you have alcohol in
your system can cause severe liver damage!
Take painkillers like ibuprofen (Advil) or salicylic acid (Aspirin) instead.**
3) Get Hydrated But Avoid Caffeine
Now that you’ve taken care of some of your symptoms, it’s time to get your body back on the path to recovery. One of the best things you can do to help your body metabolize and recover from alcohol is to get hydrated.
It may seem counter-intuitive. But a night of heavy drinking can leave you more dehydrated than you were when you started! As such, getting some fluids back into your system is a crucial step in recovering from a hangover.
When choosing your drink selection, we suggest sticking with the good old H2O. You already have enough substances in your body from last night, so the best bet is to keep it simple. We also suggest avoiding caffeine, as it can increase your blood pressure and worsen your hangover.
4) Sleep It Off
Sometimes, the best way to defeat a hangover is to simply sleep it off. Just getting a few extra hours of shuteye can give your body the rest, recovery, and time it needs to fight through the hangover. If you’re finding that none of the tips in this blog are doing much to help you feel normal again, take a 2-hour nap. You might just find yourself waking up without a hangover!
5) Get Some Sugar in Your System
The final step to overcoming your hangover is to get some nutrients and calories in your body. In much the same way that alcohol can leave you dehydrated, heavy drinking can also mess with your nutrient intake. When it comes to foods that can help you get over a hangover, carbohydrates are the name of the game! Foods like bread, rice cakes, and sugary snacks will help you get some calories into your system and replenish your glycogen levels – both things that your body needs to feel strong, energetic, and ready to take on the world!
There you have it! Our top 5 tips for “curing” a hangover when you had a bit too much to drink the night before!
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