You finally shut down your computer and realize that it’s the start of a long weekend tomorrow. As you get out of the office, you and your co-workers brace for what’s going to happen next: getting drunk.
Having to endure a long and arduous week, it’s only right that you relax and let out all the stress. Just don’t get drunk or you’ll wake up in your room with a massive headache.
A hangover is that annoying thing you experience when you wake up the next morning from a night full of drinking. It’s your body’s response from the alcohol you consumed and its attempt to get rid of that excess alcohol in your system.
So, how do you get rid of it?
Frankly, there’s no solid cure for a hangover. Fortunately, there are ways to help you ride it out more easily. The following list should help you out.
Remember last night when you consistently went to the bathroom and peed a lot?
Alcohol has the ability to suppress the release of ADH or Antidiuretic Hormone which is responsible for water retention. In essence, this means drinking lots of alcohol can make you lose lots of water.
Rehydration is essential in replacing the fluids you lost while drinking alcohol. Increasing your water intake is one good way to lessen the headaches.
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Your body considers alcohol as damaging. In effect, it works hard to make sure alcohol gets removed from your system. This process requires energy.
After a bout of drinking though, your body would be low on energy. This translates into physical discomforts, like severe headaches and stomach upsets. In certain cases, it can even make your breath stink.
Reward your body with food and provide it with energy to help it in removing excess waste. Food that would be considerably good to eat at this time includes fruits, mainly oranges, and apples, or hangover soup.
If eating doesn’t improve your stomach upset, you could try and take antacids. These medications can balance out the acidity in your stomach to help you feel better.
Drink more water
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do to manage the wide range of discomforts that can come with a hangover. In addition to rehydrating yourself, it helps relieve the acid in your throat and esophagus.
Since your stomach is empty and there’s alcohol inside, it’s inevitable to feel nauseous and vomit. The thing is that hydrochloric acid, the acid responsible for digesting the food in your stomach, can go up your throat while you vomit.
This won’t only make your throat feel itchy, it can also make you feel pain. In certain cases, hydrochloric acid can also erode the enamels of your teeth.
Drinking too much alcohol is one of the main causes of GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. The disease happens when your esophagus is always irritated because of the acid reflux and this can make you throw up more.
Drinking water is one good way to relieve the discomforts as well as prevent further damage.
Avoid the “Hair of the Dog”
“The hair of the dog that bit you works” means that when you are suffering from a hangover, a cure would be to drink more and more until you are relieved. Although this may have a positive effect, it would only be temporary as you are still loading more and more alcohol into your system.
Give your body a well-deserved rest. It is, after all, working the extra mile to remove excess waste in your body.
Doctors say that a full 48 hours is needed before the body can recover from the damage done by excessive drinking. Allow your body to fully recuperate before attempting to grab another bottle of beer.
A few drinks won’t hurt you that much. Too much alcohol, on the other hand, is a totally different story. Remember to drink responsibly and avoid grabbing the wheel. Cars and alcohol do not mix.
Getting home safely is only one of the hard parts of getting drunk. You should also prepare for what may happen the next morning: hangovers.
There’s no total cure for a hangover. As long as you are drinking, you should be prepared to go through it. The tips in this article, however, can help reduce the effects.