Its Christmas time, we all have parties to go to, and our fair share of festive hangovers to deal with. This is made even worse by how busy it gets around this time of year. I know I don't have time for hangovers!! These tips to avoid and prevent hangovers may seem simple, common sense but they really help...
- You've heard it all before but DO NOT MIX DRINKS! You don't have to drink exactly the same thing all night, but just stick to the same 'type' of drink like beer, wine, cocktails etc.
- If your on a diet or watching your waistline stick to spirits and low calorie mixers. Gin & Slimline Tonic or Vodka and Diet Coke are the best options.
- Try to neck down a bit of water at the bar inbetween drinks .
- Apparently darker drinks cause more severe hangovers as they contain natural chemicals called congeners (impurities) so go for clear or lighter alcohols.
- Also please remember you don't need to get stupidly drink, once you reach tipsy try to stop drinking, your body will thank you in the morning.
- If you don't follow the above advice at least STOP DRINKING an hour before heading home, what's the point in doing a shot before leaving ey?
I dont just mean a glass before you go out, I'm talking at least 4 x 500ml bottles of water throughout the day. Then another bottles in the evening. I ALWAYS keep a bottle of water besides my bed for the next morning, as the main hangover symptoms come from de-hydration.
I take a multivitamin everyday during the winter, but its extra important while drinking. The alcohol 'flushes out' more water than you've consumed, simultaneously flushing out vitamins and minerals. I also take Milk Thistle (recommended by Amy) which helps the liver to get rid of toxins. Take one of each, the day of the party and one each the next morning.
- Junk food isn't going to stop you getting hungover but it does provide some comfort. The reason we crave fatty foods because we are missing out on certain nutrients, try eating something healthier as well.
- Blood Sugars tend to be low after a heavy night so a sugary cup of tea and a mince pie might help :)
- Make sure to eat three sensible meals the day of the party, including a proper sizeable dinner with plenty of vegetables, lean protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates. (Brown rice/pasta/wholegrain bread)
- Orange juice is great for the morning afterwards, as well a proper breakfast. I like wholegrain toast and marmite, with fruit salad.
- A glass of milk before leaving the house helps to slow down the absorption of alcohol.
I know its hard after a night out but if you can get at least six-eight hours sleep, it will work miracles. I always try to go home to my own bed, rather than crashing on a friends sofa. If I sleep in my own bed and don't wake before ten, I usually feel fine!
After a heavy drinking session doctors recommend to wait 48 hours before drinking any more alcohol in order to let body tissues recover (Totally looked that up on the NHS website)
Last but not least, two paracetamols, a little bit of junk food, a shower and a christmassy chick-flick usually does the trick :) Good Luck coping with your next hangover girlies, I hope this helps!
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