Nursing a Hangover: Do's & Don'ts

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It’s the morning after you had a few too many drinks and now you’re in excruciating pain. You feel sick to your stomach, your head is pounding and you’re starting to regret the amount of alcohol you consumed the night before. Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill to make everything better, but there are few things you should avoid to make the day a little easier on yourself.

  • Don’t have another drink. Alcohol dehydrates your body of fluids. Instead, drink plenty of water or sport drinks to replace lost electrolytes and natural fruit juices to keep your blood sugar in check.
  • Don’t drink caffeinated beverages or eat greasy foods. It may seem like a great idea at the time but it can actually make your hangover worse and won’t metabolize the alcohol any faster. Instead, go for bland foods, such as toast and crackers, to help boost your blood sugar and settle your stomach.
  • Don't take aceaminophen. The active ingredient in Tylenol may harm the liver when combined with alcohol. Instead, take a standard dose of other over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Don’t exercise. A hard workout isn’t the best idea. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that in large quantities, it causes you to lose water and become dehydrated. In fact, sweating will result in further dehydration and is therefore not a good idea. Instead, take a warm shower and relax. A shower will raise your temperature, prepping your body for sleep so you can (possibly) avoid the most painful part of your day.

At the end of the day, the only true cure for a hangover is time, as your body simply has to detox. To prevent a similar situation in the future, try drinking a glass or bottle of water for every alcoholic beverage you drink. Your body will thank you the next day.

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