Hangover prevention and remedies

Man Nursing A Hangover Holding An Ice Pack

It is party time. Fun, fun, fun. But, why waste the precious next day with the headache, upset stomach and fatigue of a hangover? Click here for my article about the good and bad effects of alcohol. But back to preventing/treating a hangover the natural way:

1.  The most sure fire protection is of course to stay sober. Having a New Year’s party? For toasting make festive Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider available at least for abstainers and pregnant women.

2.  Tricks to pace yourself. Alcohol is absorbed almost instantly and because it is a good solvent, it very quickly affects all parts of the body, especially the brain. Since it takes the liver 1-2 hours to properly process one drink, slowing the alcohol absorption down with food in your stomach is quite helpful. Alternating alcoholic beverages with other beverages gives the liver a fighting chance to keep up. (A martini glass of water looks just like a martini and helps avoid the dehydration that is a big cause of hangovers!) Alternating drinks seems easier than just trying to drink slowly, especially if the snacks are salty. Don’t let someone else keep your glass full because it is too easy to lose track.

3.  Sidestep side effects. Sugary drinks seem to make matters worse, so consider sticking with non-sweet choices.

4.  Take a remedy before you go to bed. In the morning you will be amazed at how much better you feel. (The glass of water that goes with each of these remedies is extra help.)

  • RU-21. I know about this product because friends of mine in California own the company. The formula was created by the Russian Academy of Sciences to help spies keep their heads straight while drinking. In addition to nutrients that replace those lost due to the alcohol and antioxidants to help with the free radical damage, it also contains succinic acid. That is a fascinating substance (also found in the menopause/weight loss product Amberen) that improves cellular communication.
  • Oxylent vitamin/mineral effervescent powder is a great daily multiple vitamin/mineral that you may well have in the house already.
  • Emergen-C is not nearly as good for regular use as Oxylent, but is more widely available.

5.  “Hair off the dog that bit you” theory. Drinking in the morning (e.g. Mimosas or Bloody Marys) simply delays the evitable by making you slightly drunk again so you don’t know how bad you feel.

6. Drinking and driving. Is there a worse idea? Cab fare, even if outrageously high might be the best investment you ever make.

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