Tips on Treating a Hangover
Tips to get ride of a hangover can be very useful most any time. However the Spring and Summer months are the times when people gather for picnics, the backyard barbeques and holiday celebrations. These gatherings provide an opportunity for you and your guests to drink a little too much alcohol which causes the dreaded “hangover”. Excess alcohol can cause dehydration and chemical imbalances in the body and a very miserable next day.
Tips to get rid of a hangover or at least to avoid or lessen the suffering associated with hangover headaches that often accompany these festivities, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) offers some advice.
Moderation – The best way of treating hangovers is to minimize the risk of getting a hangover in the first place. Drink less alcohol by sipping your drink and set your limit to just 2 or 3.
Red Wine – For how to lessen the wine hangover, drink more white wine and avoid red wine. Red wine contains naturally occurring congeners that help cause headaches.
Mixed Drinks – Mixed drinks that contain fruit or vegetable juices will be better then straight alcohol.
Fructose – Have some honey or tomato juice before and after your drinks. Honey and tomato juice contains fructose or sugar that helps your body metabolize alcohol and will minimize the hangover affects.
Fluids – Drink fluids rich in minerals and salts such as broth. Since alcohol causes dehydration, the broth will replace these fluids in your body. Also drink water or sports drinks in-between the alcohol drinks. Just get in the habit of having a glass of water between each drink containing alcohol.
Caffeine – Drinking coffee or another source of caffeine will help dilate blood vessels and help reduce the headache the next day.
Aspirin – Take aspirin or Ibuprofen to help reduce your headache.
Fatty Foods – Eat greasy foods before consuming alcohol to help coat your digestive system which will reduce the alcohol absorption. This is one case where non-healthy foods can be a benefit.
The NHF recommends a non-alcoholic beverage, the "Champagne Fooler”.
- 1 1/3 cups apple juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 12 ounces club soda
Chill glasses. Mix together apple juice and lemon juice, then add club soda. Stir gently to blend, pour and serve immediately. This recipe will make 4 servings.
So if you can’t control your drinking, at least you can now take steps to reduce the dreaded “hangover”.