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What Should You Eat When You’re Hungover? – Cleveland Clinic

It’s always fun to be the life of the party or to be out late celebrating with friends. But if you’re down for the count the next day because you drank too much and feel awful, what are you supposed to do?

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Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, says it’s important to control your alcohol intake because drinking too much can cause some serious health consequences. But, if you did take it too far the night before, rest assured there are foods you can eat that can help cure your hangover.

Foods that help with hangovers

Before you reach for that greasy burger, coffee or “hair of the dog” (aka more alcohol), Zumpano suggests the following foods to help you get back on track. While there’s no magic pill for a hangover, these options can help you get back to normal:

  1. Sports drink/electrolyte-enhanced beverage. The road to hangover recovery starts with good hydration. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it makes you pee more and leads to dehydration. When you have a hangover, you’re already dehydrated and your electrolyte level is low. Consuming a sports drink, coconut water or an electrolyte-enhanced beverage before you go to bed or as soon as you get up can help replace lost electrolytes from drinking. Or just simply focus on drinking water – it will help support your body in recovering from the hangover. (Remember, next time you drink try to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink.)
  2. Salmon. Low levels of B6 and B12 vitamins are said to intensify hangovers. Salmon is rich in both B vitamins and can help you get back up to a more comfortable level. It might sound odd, but adding this fish to your diet the day after drinking can help perk you back up, especially because salmon is known to decrease inflammation.
  3. Mangoes and other fruits. There’s evidence that the natural sugars found in honey and natural fruits can actually help you move the alcohol out of your system faster. Try eating mangos, grapes, oranges, pears and plantains. Watermelon is also another great option since it has such a high water content and it can help you rehydrate.
  4. ‘Bland’ foods. “This is what we call the ‘BRAT’ diet,” says Zumpano. “Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.” These plain foods are easy for the body to digest and are often recommended when someone is not feeling well, specifically an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea or having trouble eating or keeping food down. These foods also tend to contain carbohydrates, which can settle an upset stomach and help boost your blood sugar. Bananas are also rich in potassium, which your body needs when it’s low on electrolytes from drinking too much.
  5. Ginger. Ginger has been found to reduce nausea, so incorporating it into your diet the day after drinking can settle your upset stomach and help you feel better. Reach for dried ginger, ginger tea or try grating ginger into a fresh smoothie. 

Hangovers – Symptoms and causes

Overview

A hangover is a group of unpleasant signs and symptoms that can develop after drinking too much alcohol. As if feeling awful weren’t bad enough, frequent hangovers are also associated with poor performance and conflict at work.

As a general rule, the more alcohol you drink, the more likely you are to have a hangover the next day. But there’s no magic formula to tell you how much you can safely drink and still avoid a hangover.

However unpleasant, most hangovers go away on their own, though they can last up to 24 hours. If you choose to drink alcohol, doing so responsibly can help you avoid future hangovers.

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Symptoms

Hangover symptoms typically begin when your blood alcohol content drops significantly and is at or near zero. They’re usually in full effect the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Depending on what and how much you drank, you may notice:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Excessive thirst and dry mouth
  • Headaches and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
  • Poor or decreased sleep
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
  • Shakiness
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety and irritability
  • Rapid heartbeat

When to see a doctor

Hangovers after a single night’s drinking go away on their own. Talk with your doctor if you’re concerned that frequent, heavy drinking may lead to serious alcohol withdrawal, or when regular hangovers affect your quality of life, including your personal relationships or your performance at work. Treatment for alcohol problems is widely available.

When it’s an emergency

More-severe signs and symptoms that accompany heavy drinking may indicate alcohol poisoning — a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a person who has been drinking shows signs of:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Difficulty remaining conscious
  • Passing out (unconsciousness) and can’t be awakened

A person who is unconscious or can’t be awakened is at risk of dying. If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning — even if you don’t see the classic signs and symptoms — seek immediate medical care.

Causes

Hangovers are caused by drinking too much alcohol. A single alcoholic drink is enough to trigger a hangover for some people, while others may drink heavily and escape a hangover entirely.

Various factors may contribute to a hangover. For example:

  • Alcohol causes your body to produce more urine. In turn, urinating more than usual can lead to dehydration — often indicated by thirst, dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Alcohol triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system. Your immune system may trigger certain agents that commonly produce physical symptoms, such as an inability to concentrate, memory problems, decreased appetite and loss of interest in usual activities.
  • Alcohol irritates the lining of your stomach. Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid and delays stomach emptying. Any of these factors can cause abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Alcohol can cause your blood sugar to fall. If your blood sugar dips too low, you may experience fatigue, weakness, shakiness, mood disturbances and even seizures.
  • Alcohol causes your blood vessels to expand, which can lead to headaches.
  • Alcohol can make you sleepy, but it prevents deeper stages of sleep and often causes awakening in the middle of the night. This may leave you groggy and tired.

Congeners

Alcoholic beverages contain ingredients called congeners, which give many types of alcoholic beverages their flavor and can contribute to hangovers. Congeners are found in larger amounts in dark liquors, such as brandy and bourbon, than in clear liquors, such as vodka and gin.

Congeners are more likely to produce a hangover or increase the severity of a hangover. But drinking too much alcohol of any color can still make you feel bad the next morning.

Risk factors

Anyone who drinks alcohol can experience a hangover, but some people are more susceptible to hangovers than others are. A genetic variation that affects the way alcohol is metabolized may make some people flush, sweat or become ill after drinking even a small amount of alcohol.

Factors that may make a hangover more likely or severe include:

  • Drinking on an empty stomach. Having no food in your stomach speeds the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  • Using other drugs, such as nicotine, along with alcohol. Smoking combined with drinking appears to increase the likelihood of next-day misery.
  • Not sleeping well or long enough after drinking. Some researchers believe that some hangover symptoms are often due, at least in part, to the poor-quality and short sleep cycle that typically follows a night of drinking.
  • Having a family history of alcoholism. Having close relatives with a history of alcoholism may suggest an inherited problem with the way your body processes alcohol.
  • Drinking darker colored alcoholic beverages. Darker colored drinks often contain a high volume of congeners and may be more likely to produce a hangover.

Complications

When you have a hangover, you’re likely to experience problems with:

  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Dexterity

Not surprisingly, this temporary dulling of your abilities increases your risk of a number of problems at school or work, such as:

  • Absenteeism
  • Trouble completing tasks
  • Conflict with others
  • Falling asleep at school or on the job
  • Workplace injuries

Prevention

Despite various over-the-counter pills and tablets that claim to prevent hangovers, the only guaranteed way to prevent a hangover is to avoid alcohol. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation.

Moderate alcohol use for healthy adults means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.

The less alcohol you drink, the less likely you are to have a hangover. It may help to:

  • Eat before and while drinking. As alcohol is absorbed more quickly if your stomach is empty, it may help to eat something before drinking alcohol and during the time you’re drinking.
  • Choose carefully. Beverages with fewer congeners are slightly less likely to cause hangovers than beverages with more congeners, but remember that all types of alcohol can result in a hangover.
  • Sip water between drinks. Drinking a full glass of water after each alcoholic drink will help you stay hydrated. It’ll also help you drink less alcohol.
  • Know your limits and only drink in moderation. Decide ahead of time how many drinks you’ll have — and stick to it. Don’t feel pressured to drink.
  • Take it slow. Avoid having more than one alcoholic drink in an hour. Stop drinking completely when you’ve reached your limit (or before then).

Some people take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), to prevent hangover symptoms. But ask your doctor if this is safe for you and what dosage is best for you. These medications may interact with other medications, and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may cause liver damage if too much alcohol is consumed.


Dec. 16, 2017

Will Anything Help Your Horrific Hangover?

We’ve all been there before. The headache. The nausea. The thinking that feels just a little—or a lot—fuzzy. All symptoms of the dreaded hangover.

Your cotton mouth may have already clued you in to the fact that you’re dehydrated. Alcohol is an osmotic diuretic, which means that when you have a high amount of alcohol in your blood, you pee more than you normally would.

Alcohol also blocks the re-uptake of water in the kidneys. So it’s a double whammy kind of dehydration. But in addition to dehydration, you’ve got a couple of other factors working against you.

How alcohol works against you

“Alcohol is converted into something called acetaldehyde,” says Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, a University of Washington professor of Pharmacy and Nutritional Sciences. You can thank this toxic byproduct at least in part for some of the effects of your hangover, and maybe even for some of the memory impairment and sleepiness that get attributed to alcohol.

Yet another reason for how sick you feel involves a little bit of organic chemistry. If you didn’t like the subject in school, you’re going to like it even less this morning.

Acetic acid is the final byproduct of alcohol metabolism, before it is removed from the body, and when the body is exposed to acid, you just feel really lousy. The more alcohol in your drink, the more organic acid you build up, says Chan. 

Will chugging feel-good fluids help?

You know you need water. But will fluids with a little something extra also work to cure your hangover?

Hair of the dog

Some people swear by a Bloody Mary to remedy a hangover. It’s the old “hair of the dog that bit you” trick.

On its own, tomato juice has antioxidants, sugar and calories, in addition to B vitamins—all good things. And alcohol does decrease the absorption of certain vitamins, including B vitamins.

But occasional drinking should not lead to deficiencies in B vitamins, says Chan. It is only in chronic drinkers that you see the type of deficiency that requires supplementation.

What makes that Bloody Mary seem so good is probably just the dulling of pain with more alcohol, which is a numbing agent. And no matter how good the other ingredients are, more alcohol will further dehydrate you and continue the loop.

Drink, dehydrate and repeat? No thanks.

Electrolytes

If you have been sick to your stomach, then an electrolyte replacement solution like Pedialyte is in order, says Chan. That’s because when you vomit, you lose some sodium, potassium and chloride.

But if you are merely hungover, water is the best replacement fluid, he says. And it’s free.

Java jumpstart

A coffee the day after drinking might give you some much-needed energy, but it won’t actually cure your hangover.

“Coffee is nothing more than a stimulant,” says Chan. “Drinking coffee for a hangover is similar to driving a car with your foot on the gas and the brake pedal at the same time.”

The other downside of coffee is that caffeine itself dehydrates you because it also has a diuretic effect. And you’re already dehydrated enough.

Can the right pill ease your predicament?

Most of the over-the-counter pain medications can numb some of the pain, especially headaches. But there are important precautions to take, says Chan.

Tylenol or acetaminophen

If your drug of choice to battle that pounding headache is Tylenol, a brand name for acetaminophen, you’re not doing your liver any favors. If you use alcohol regularly, and Tylenol to quell your fuzzy brain, you can increase the risk of acetaminophen poisoning, which can cause liver failure, says Chan.

“This problem is dose-related,” he says. “If you follow the dosage directions on the bottle or consult with a healthcare provider, then it is safe to use in moderation.”

Aspirin and other anti-inflammatories

The same advice holds true with aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (e.g. Aleve). Follow the dosage directions or a doctor’s advice and you should be fine, says Chan.

At higher doses, these medications can cause stomach irritation and even ulcers. When in doubt, consult with a pharmacist or your doctor

Can nom noms numb the pain?

Some people swear that certain foods can cure a hangover. Chan says that many of these purported cures should be taken with a grain of salt.

Greasy food

If you are hungry and haven’t been eating, some calories will help you to feel better, especially if the headache and dizziness are due to a lack of energy, says Chan. But greasy food would work best eaten before you drink—not the morning after.

Food generally slows the rate of alcohol absorption. But greasy food also slows down the rate at which your stomach contracts.

That means it has a more profound effect in slowing down the rate of alcohol absorption (since alcohol is mostly absorbed in the small bowel).

“But if you are already feeling lousy and sick to your stomach from drinking too much the night before, you may feel worse from eating very greasy food in the morning,” says Chan.

Eggs

Remember that nasty byproduct of alcohol mentioned earlier? Acetaldehyde contributes to lack of coordination, memory impairment and sleepiness.

There is a common myth that cysteine, a substance found in eggs, breaks acetaldehyde down. Problem is, there is no strong scientific and clinical evidence for this, says Chan

“On the other hand, the calories—and some warm food in your body—will probably make you feel better,” says Chan. 

In other words, eggs can’t hurt (as long as they’re cooked).

Bananas

Bananas have the reputation of being high in potassium, which is probably how they came to be considered a hangover remedy in the first place. (Remember, when you lose your lunch, you lose potassium, too.) 

“However, a banana has a relatively modest amount of potassium,” says Chan. Verdict? “It is probably just the carbohydrates that make you feel better.”

Ginger

Ginger root is used in the treatment of nausea for both pregnant women and patients who have undergone chemotherapy.

“There is pretty strong clinical evidence that shows ginger helps to relieve nausea,” says Chan.

If you are feeling nauseated, it doesn’t hurt to have some ginger tea or even just dried ginger. But avoid the ginger herbal supplements that you can find at health food stores.

“Sometimes we don’t know what other unhealthy ingredients may be in those,” says Chan.

He advises buying dried ginger from the spice section of a grocery store instead.

Most hangover cures are not worth the cost

So what’s the best remedy?

“To tell you the truth, I’m a bit skeptical about hangover remedies,” says Nicholas Johnson, M.D., an emergency physician at Harborview Medical Center. “There are many unproven products marketed as ‘hangover cures,’ and most are not worth the cost.”

The best ways to avoid hangovers are to drink only in moderation or not at all.

“If you do choose to drink, stay hydrated,” says Johnson. “Other than those things, the only real cure for a hangover is time.”

6 hangover cures explained | Canadian Living

6 ways to ease your hangover
Despite the numerous hangover cures known to most drinkers, there aren’t actually any remedies that have been proven to completely remove all symptoms. There are ways to minimize the symptoms, however. Dr. Ian Mak of The Health Centre of Maple explains how, while disproving a few hangover cure myths.

1. Drink more in the morning (“Hair of the dog”)
The concept behind this theory is that consuming more of the alcohol that gave you the hangover in the first place will minimize your hangover symptoms. “There’s no real science behind this theory,” says Mak. “The consumption of more alcohol will only lead to more toxin build-up.” The drinker may feel numbed from hangover symptoms due to the initial effects of the new alcohol, but once that subsides the drinker may actually feel worse.

2. Drink a Bloody Mary/Caesar
“Similar to the hair of the dog concept, this idea relies on drinking more alcohol to alleviate your hangover symptoms,” says Mak. However, as stated above, drinking more alcohol after a night of drinking is damaging to the body and does not have positive effects on hangover symptoms.

3. Drink a sports drink or water
“A substantial amount of water, vitamins and minerals are lost in a night of drinking due to frequent urination and, in some cases, vomiting,” says Mak. “Gatorade and water both help to rehydrate the body. The sports drink also contains the salts and electrolytes that your body is depleted of.” Though this won’t immediately rid you of your hangover, consuming water and Gatorade should help restore your body to its natural state, shortening the length of your hangover and lessening the symptoms.

Page 1 of 2 — We look at the effectiveness of three more hangover remedies including greasy breakfasts, coffee and over-the-counter medications on page 2.
4. Eat a greasy breakfast
“It is often difficult for someone who is already hungover to consume fatty foods (or any food) due to potential nausea and stomach pains,” Mak explains. “But if possible, eating food rich in carbohydrates has been speculated to help rid your hangover symptoms more quickly.”

5. Drink coffee

“Coffee contains caffeine, which is, like alcohol, a substance that inhibits the antidiuretic hormone,” says Mak. “Though its effect on alertness still stands, coffee increases the amount of water your body expels, dehydrating you even further.” Drinking coffee may minimize fatigue, but it will only worsen the dehydration your body experiences during a hangover.

6. Take over-the-counter medication

“The feeling of being nauseated can be overcome with medications like Gravol, while Tylenol can help with your headache,” Mak says. These over-the-counter treatments are easily accessible and minimize symptoms as they would even if you didn’t have a hangover. If you’re looking for a natural anti-nauseant, Mak suggests taking ginger pills or drinking ginger ale gently boiled with fresh ginger slices.

Try: Green Ginger Mint Tea recipe

Though hangovers affect everyone differently, keep in mind that rehydration and replenishing yourself with lost vitamins and minerals is key to helping your body balance itself out. Ultimately, a hangover is something that takes time to get rid of completely.

“Think of it as how you would treat a cold,” says Mak. “No matter how you decide to treat your symptoms, your cold will still go away on its own, eventually. It’s just a matter of not adding fuel to the fire and taking in more harmful substances in the meantime.”

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Zofran (Ondansetron) For Hangovers: Is It Good For Nausea?

Can you take Zofran when hungover and does it help with nausea and other symptoms? This is a surprisingly common question with an answer that’s not exactly straightforward.

Zofran is a drug prescribed by doctors for various causes of nausea.

So naturally, you may be wondering if Zofran is good for hangover nausea as well?

And that’s exactly what we’re going to take a look at today. In this article, we’re going to examine how Zofran works and whether you can take it after drinking alcohol.

We’ll also look at whether it can be used for nausea associated with a hangover and if there are any side effects to be aware of.

So, with the introductions out of the way, let’s start taking a closer look at whether the Zofran you may have in your drugs cupboard can / should be used for hangovers.

What Is Zofran?

Also known as Ondansetron, Zofran is a prescribed medication for nausea. Ondansetron being the actual drug name and Zofran the brand or trade name.

The main indication for using Zofran is for chemotherapy-induced and post-operative nausea. It works by blocking 5HT3 receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and in the brain. And this receptor is an important mediator in certain causes of nausea.(1)

Aside from this, Zofran is also used for many other causes of nausea such as gastroenteritis. With that said, it’s not very effective for motion sickness (i.e seasickness).

It’s important to note that there are many pathways and receptors that are involved in the symptom of nausea and several other drugs are used when it comes to treating nausea.

Now that we’ve got some of the basics out the way, let’s take a closer look at Zofran for hangovers.

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Is Zofran good for hangover nausea?

So, will Zofran help with hangover nausea?

The simple answer is, yes, it’s likely to help.

However, it’s not a recommended use for this drug. Medication like Zofran should only be used as directed by your doctor. Using them to treat symptoms that are unrelated to what it’s prescribed for is not an appropriate use and comes with risks.

A much better option that is safe and effective is to use ginger. Either by making yourself a ginger tea or investing in ginger supplements.(2)

Ginger is a research-backed anti-nausea remedy and you can read more about how it’s a good option in our article about hangover nausea.

In most cases, hangover nausea settles by itself after a few hours. And all that’s required is rest and rehydration to ease the symptoms. It’s also a sign that you’ve had way too much alcohol for your body to handle. So the best approach is to reduce your alcohol intake to prevent hangover nausea.

Zofran is likely to reduce symptoms of nausea associated with a hangover. However, this is not an appropriate use of this drug. Medication should only be used as prescribed by your doctor.

Is Zofran safe to take when hungover?

For the most part, Zofran is a well-tolerated drug and most people don’t experience side effects. But at the end of the day, it is a drug that comes with several side effects, and some of them dangerous.

Although uncommon, severe allergic reactions are a possibility if you’ve never taken Zofran before as well as the risk of developing heart arrhythmias.

As with all medications, the side effect lists are extensive and a comprehensive guide will be present on the information leaflet.

It’s especially important if you’re taking any other medication or have underlying health issues. In which case discussing your physician first is a must.

Does Zofran help with other hangover symptoms?

No, Zofran has no benefit for any other symptom of a hangover.

Can you take Zofran after drinking alcohol?

There is no specific contra-indication against taking Zofran if you’ve had alcohol. However, generally speaking, taking medication with or soon after alcohol is not recommended. That’s because they haven’t been tested in this scenario and not enough is known about the interactions.

Another thing to consider is that if you’re feeling sick after drinking alcohol, it usually means that your blood alcohol concentration is high enough that it’s starting to disrupt the normal functioning of your body.

In other words, it’s one of the first signs of alcohol poisoning. Therefore, taking Zofran to remedy nausea after drinking alcohol is the wrong approach.

Anything else to consider?

We’ve said it before; hangovers are a sign from your body that you’ve been drinking too much alcohol for your body to handle.

The best way to treat nausea after drinking is by preventing a hangover in the first place. Drinking less alcohol, at a slower pace, eating before going out, and keeping well hydrated is all that’s required.

Taking Zofran or any other drug to remedy the symptoms only masks the underlying problem.

Zofran for hangovers – Takeaway points

That brings us to the end of our look into Zofran for hangovers.

Zofran is an anti-nausea medication and should, in theory, reduce hangover nausea.

However, it’s not appropriate to use this medication for this reason and it comes with side effects and interactions like any other medication that you should familiarise yourself with.

A better and safer option for hangover nausea is ginger. It’s known to work and is research-backed. That’s why we’ve included it as a key ingredient in AfterDrink.

Which hangover cures should I try? | Hangover cures

In case you have never had a hangover – and a study from Boston University found that 25-30% of people may be resistant to them – the classic symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, exhaustion, thirst and dizziness. If it is particularly bad, you will be sweaty, your hands will shake and your pulse will race.

Hangovers usually start within a few hours of stopping drinking (which is not a reason to continue drinking as alcohol poisoning is more dangerous than a hangover). Alcohol’s social lubrication comes at a cost. It dehydrates you and increases the amount of urine produced: four drinks will make you produce up to a litre of urine over several hours. It can irritate the stomach and make it produce more acid, which can cause pain or give you heartburn.

Alcohol also disrupts your circadian rhythms, so although you may fall asleep quickly, you will wake up sooner than normal and feel somewhat jetlagged. It can reduce your blood sugar levels and make you feel hungry and sick.

There are more cures touted for hangovers than there are alcoholic drinks to give you one in the first place. However, according to a systematic review published in the BMJ, which considered the results of all existing studies, there is no evidence to show that any of them work. But since this won’t stop you trying, what are the best ones to opt for?

The solution

Many alcoholic drinks contain byproducts of fermentation, known as congeners, which are added for taste and appearance, or produced naturally during the production process. Drinks that are mostly ethanol, such as gin and vodka, give fewer hangovers (but not none) than those full of congeners, such as red wine or whisky.

Interspersing non-alcoholic drinks with alcoholic ones and drinking lots of water after boozing may reduce hangovers, as may eating dry toast to reverse the drop in blood sugar. Sleeping off a hangover can help, along with taking antacids if your stomach is painful. Paracetamol is not the best hangover treatment as it is metabolised by the liver, which will have suffered enough. Aspirin will further irritate your stomach so avoid it too.

Everyone will have a method they swear by, but there is no evidence to suggest the hair of the dog, bananas, effervescent drink tablets (containing vitamin B complex and vitamin C), green tea, cabbage, exercise, eggs, fresh air, ginseng and a lot of other hangover cures actually work. But if you drink more than is healthy, don’t feel too bad about it. There is some research that says feeling guilty increases the likelihood of a hangover.

Since there is no cure, the best bet is prevention. If that doesn’t stop you, time is the best healer. In eight to 24 hours, you’ll feel well again.

Reality vs. Myth of Hangovers

Shelley Flores

Writer

There are many oft-quoted remedies that relate to the process of curing a hangover. But do you know the difference between myth and fact?  Some of the most widely circulated myths regarding the treatment of hangovers include taking aspirin,  grabbing a “cup o’ joe,” or drinking more alcohol the next morning. However these treatments  can actually make a hangover worse.  Many people are unaware of how to properly treat their hangover and may inadvertently cause more harm than good.

A hangover is a series of delayed physiological effects that occur after consuming too much alcohol. Common short term side-effects include headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, dehydration, vomiting, dizziness, and an increase in feelings of depression.  Meanwhile, long-term effects from chronic drinking include liver damage, harm to the central and peripheral nervous system, and a higher risk of developing alcoholism and cardiovascular disease.

Drinking too much in one sitting can easily happen and it occurs more often than one may think. The human body processes about fourteen grams of pure alcohol every hour, which equals about 0.6 fl oz. This is the equivalent of a 12 oz. bottle of beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine, or a 1.5 oz shot of hard liquor. Most drinks served in red cups at parties in Isla Vista will contain several times this amount, as will many mixed drinks that are served in bars downtown. This can make it difficult to keep an accurate count of consumed drinks, and means that you might end up frequently drinking alcohol faster than your body can process it.

For those that find themselves in this situation, here are some tips provided by UCSB Health Educator Michael Takahara for the mornings after, when you wake up feeling horrible.

1. Eat a healthy meal within one hour of waking up.  Having low blood sugar can lead to headaches.  According to Takahara, eating a good breakfast will help raise blood sugar back to normal and he explained why: “Your body is working on processing the alcohol and plus, if you’re sleeping, you have probably been fasting for a while. Your blood sugar level has dropped, so that can add to the headache.”

2. Re-hydrate.  Drinking alcohol dehydrates the body, causing fatigue and contributing to headaches.  By drinking lots of water and juice, you re-hydrate your body and can lessen the discomfort of your hangover.

3. Avoid caffeine.  Caffeine does not counter a hangover, and in fact dehydrates the body.  It is best to avoid it unless you are a regular coffee drinker.  If this is the case, you should have your first cup at the time you would normally have it.  Otherwise, your body will suffer from both alcohol and caffeine withdrawal, which can ultimately worsen your hangover.

4. Take antacids.  If you are suffering from an upset stomach, brand names such as Pepto-Bismol, Tums or Maalox can help counter the discomfort.

5. Eat carbohydrates.  This helps to prevent and treat a hangover.  If you snack on crackers while drinking, it helps by absorbing the alcohol and slows the rate in which it enters into your bloodstream.

There are other dangers you must be aware of while drinking, one being synergy. Synergy is the practice of combining multiple drugs, including alcohol, in order to produce a greater effect than one would experience if they just limited themselves to a single intoxicant. However, combining drugs  can also lead to dangerous outcomes.

“Depressants affect the central nervous system of your body,” said Takahara. “So basically, if you have enough of that drug and that synergy, you can actually run into people dying.  It depresses the body so much that they stop breathing,” he said.

Avoid mixing alcohol with energy drinks.  This increases dehydration and can cause high blood pressure and heart palpitations, which are an irregular beating of the heart.  Another thing to avoid is taking acetaminophen or aspirin.

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90,000 Eat something to deal with a hangover? What exactly?

  • Veronique Greenwood
  • BBC Future

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It seems as long as humanity has been suffering from hangovers and trying (most often unsuccessfully) to find the right food by eating which, one could get rid of this painful state in the morning after the party.

Some are trying to escape with eggs, some with a hearty breakfast, some eating bananas … But is there such food? What does science say?

Several years ago, scientists were able to read in an ancient Egyptian papyrus that as early as 1900 years ago, people were looking for a remedy for the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption.What did the Egyptians try to use? They advised wearing a heather leaf necklace in such cases …

Doesn’t sound very convincing? Other recommendations that we find in abundance in folklore are pickled herring, fried canary, pickled plums and Prairie Oyster, an American-made fiendish cocktail: raw eggs, tomato juice, hot sauce, and the like.

People seem to have tried everything that could heal them for the throbbing headache, nausea, lethargy, and dizziness associated with a hangover.

However, very little seems to work – apart from a universal tincture called Time.

One of the main difficulties in inventing a prescription for a hangover cure is that – from a molecular biology point of view – scientists do not fully understand what this condition is.

Surprisingly, hangover symptoms do not occur until alcohol has left the victim’s bloodstream.

From which it can be assumed that metabolites (intermediate metabolic products in living cells) are involved in this process.

Ethanol is converted by liver enzymes into acetaldehyde (aldehyde of ethanol and acetic acid), and then into acetate, which is converted into fatty acids and water.

Some scientists have suggested that acetaldehyde can create certain symptoms of a hangover – in particular, given that intoxication quickly overtakes those people whose body interferes with the work of enzymes that remove acetaldehyde.

However, a number of studies have shown that acetaldehyde levels are not consistent with the severity of a hangover.

There are also those who believe that not only alcohol itself or its metabolites are responsible for the hangover, but also substances in drinks that create taste and color, the so-called congeners (in the alcohol industry – byproducts formed during fermentation, along with with alcohol. – Red .).

Let’s say a whole constellation of molecules arises during the fermentation of whiskey, whose presence in the final drink may be involved in how you feel after drinking too much.

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Scientists lack evidence that anything other than time and rehydration can help with hangovers

Here, for example, dark spirits. One 2009 study found that those who drank dark bourbon felt much worse the next day than those who drank vodka.

But the experiment can hardly be called pure or indicative – there are too many variations in the biology of different people, in the amount of drink, in the speed of how it was drunk … Not to mention the age of the drinkers.

All these parameters are very difficult to take into account and control, especially if the experiment is carried out in the natural conditions of a cool party.

To tell you the truth, hangover symptoms are unlikely to be attributed to the work of one or more specific molecules. This is a combination of many factors.

Alcohol consumption leads to changes in hormonal regulation – for example, people begin to urinate more often, their body is dehydrated the next morning, which causes a headache.

People often drink late, or even all night, instead of sleeping, so it’s not surprising that they feel bad in the morning.

Lethargy is partly due to deprivation of normal sleep.

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Some people think eggs are a good hangover cure. Scientists doubt this

Some researchers have flirted with the idea that dizziness and cognitive impairment during a hangover may be the result of a certain type of immune response, the immune system’s response to high alcohol consumption.

Joris Werster, a professor at the University of Utrecht who studies the psychology of hangovers, says that research is currently underway on how the so-called immune messengers, cytokines (cytokines are one of the most important elements of the immune system, they notify it that urgent help is needed, when a cell is damaged or affected by a pathogenic organism.- Ed. ).

The internet is full of well-intentioned advice on what to eat to relieve yourself of the suffering of a hangover.

Bananas are sometimes mentioned – they supposedly help fill the deficiency of nutrients such as potassium that has arisen after drinking.

However, this deficiency is hardly the cause of hangover symptoms. And it is extremely unlikely that you will create it in your body in one party.

It is often recommended to eat a hearty meal – especially heavy, fatty foods.The classic English breakfast in its full version is a good example.

But it looks like this advice is a kind of inside out version of advice to eat well before drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol. There is no scientific evidence that this helps in the morning after drinking.

Someone advises eating eggs because they contain an amino acid that breaks down acetaldehyde. But this is also a very contrived remedy. There is not enough evidence that eating foods containing this amino acid helps with hangovers.

Most likely, the best help in such a situation will be provided by rest, water, aspirin and … that’s right, time.

Well, don’t forget to have a big snack before you start drinking. And drink a little, do not rush, then your liver and the rest of the body will have time to cope with the rising level of alcohol – perhaps they will be able to do this throughout the evening.

Best of all, don’t drink too much and there won’t be any hangover.

And remember, a heather leaf necklace doesn’t work.

To read the original of this article in English, visit BBC Future .

What does a cat have in common with a hangover? | Study and work in Germany | DW

A hangover, or, in medical terms, the consequences of alcohol intoxication, is not a new or rare phenomenon. Not everyone is able to determine their own norm of what is permissible: to get drunk, two glasses of beer are enough for one, while the other will cope with a bottle of vodka without serious consequences.

Back in the days of the famous Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the euphemism Katzenjammer appeared in the language of German students – literally “cat meow” or “cat concert” – instead of Kotzenjammer (which means “suffer from nausea and vomiting after a fair dose of alcohol ). Yes, and in those days, student parties often went beyond just a fun feast – with all the ensuing consequences the next morning.

It is not surprising that the hangover syndrome associated with headache and discomfort in the nasopharynx was dubbed in Germany by the word Kater suitable for the concept of Katzenjammer, the direct meaning of which is “cat”.”Ich habe einen Kater” (literally: “I have a cat”) – this German expression signals a state of hangover. The word Kater, in turn, is consonant with the now obsolete medical term “katar” (in German Katarrh), which describes inflammation of the mucous membranes, such as the mouth and upper respiratory tract.

Vaccination against the “cat”

There is no direct connection between respiratory disease and a hangover, doctors say, but the sensations in either case are more than unpleasant.But this condition can be prevented by taking proper measures.

By “vaccination” against a hangover, doctors mean adherence to only three rules: first, before you drink a glass or two, you should have a hearty snack. Secondly, it is useful to define your own limit in advance and do not forget to “dilute” what you drink with non-alcoholic drinks: that is, drink water, juice, and tea. Finally, thirdly, it is better not to mix different types of alcohol, but to choose one according to your taste.

Anti-hangover breakfast: bread with cheese, loaf, herring, pickles, onions, tomatoes…

But if all the warnings did not lead to anything and the hangover did come, there are more than enough ways to alleviate this condition.

How to get rid of hangover syndrome

Doctors categorically disagree with the conventional wisdom that it is best to just get drunk, that is, to drink a glass of something stronger. Moreover, they warn of worsening alcohol poisoning. In this case, the notorious aspirin pill will not help either: alcohol and medicines, according to doctors, are a dangerous mixture that can cause an unpredictable reaction.

Therefore, the best method to reduce the content of alcohol and harmful substances in the body is to eat something. It is best to have a good meal and thereby make up for the acute lack of vitamins used to resist alcohol poisoning.

In Germany, for example, they prefer to drink a cup of hot broth, eat a herring sandwich with cheese, or a sausage with mustard or grated horseradish. Leftovers of cold roasts or salad dressings (such as carrot or beetroot) and salted pretzel (Bretzel) are also fine.In the southern regions of Germany, they often “get drunk” with a bowl of rich soup – Eintopf (Eintopf), reminiscent of pickle with smoked bacon or sausage, salted gherkins and garlic. It is better to abstain from dairy products, mayonnaise and sweets, experts advise. A cup of strong coffee or tea also works miracles, and tomato juice can be considered an ideal drink from a hangover “cat”.

Having refreshed, you need to have a good rest. Before going to bed, it is important to ventilate the room, even better – to sleep with the window open.Sleep is the best healer for a variety of adversities, doctors are sure, and especially for a hangover, because in a dream our body has optimal conditions for the regeneration process.

Movement helps to recover the mind and body, as well as to get rid of the “heavy head”. It is useful to just take a walk in the fresh air, but even better – to clear the paths from the snow that fell at night …

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    Gentle caresses

    There is no better alarm clock than a gentle morning kiss and the gentle touch of a loved one. When people kiss and hug, they release oxytocin in their bodies. Among other things, this “love hormone” enhances sexual arousal, promotes closeness of partners, energizes and helps to overcome stress. True, in the morning you have to think about not being late for work.

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    Water with apple cider vinegar

    When we drink coffee, we feel energized, our brain starts to work faster, concentration improves. Therefore, it is not surprising that many people drink coffee in the morning. But it’s better to start from the water. Before breakfast, drink a large glass of mineral water on an empty stomach, preferably with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar added. This helps to improve metabolism and gives a boost of vivacity.

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    Ginger drink

    Ginger, rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, essential oils, vitamins A, B and C, as well as gingerol – a substance that gives this plant has a pungent, spicy taste.Drink a ginger drink in the morning. To prepare it, grate about 20 grams of ginger root, pour into a cup, pour boiling water over and let it brew for a few minutes.

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90,000 Overeating, poisoning and hangover for the New Year

New Year is a wonderful family holiday, loved by many and so long-awaited.But in addition to the unbridled New Year’s fun, colorful garlands, fragrant Christmas trees, sparkling snow, this holiday is fraught with many dangers. Which ones and how to avoid them – we will talk about this in this article.

And we will start, perhaps, with the most common companions of the New Year’s holidays: overeating, poisoning and a hangover. This insidious trinity is ready to visit those who succumbed to temptation, gave up on a healthy lifestyle hated for a year and decided to relax at least for the holidays, try all the goodies on the festive table and drink unknown cocktails

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No Yes! Think! (c) New Year’s feast

Overeating. It is especially dangerous for those who, before the New Year, tried their best, kept on bread, water and lemon in order to fit into their favorite evening dress. The body, exhausted by asceticism, will fly off the coils as soon as it smells the intoxicating aromas of fried chicken and Olivier, and rushes to storm the festive table. After that, shame, heaviness in the stomach, nausea and sadness will come, interrupted by the plaintive squeak of the seams cracking on the dress.

How to avoid this? To begin with, do not starve yourself before the holiday. All these diets from the Internet, like, “ n lose 5 kilograms in 3 days ” or “New Year’s weekly diet on kefir and the smell of oatmeal” – are not only cruel, but also very dangerous. Unfortunately, dieting is a way of life and in order to stay in shape, you need to eat healthy and balanced at all times, not just a few days before the event. Of course, every company has a witch friend who eats like a small horse and does not gain a gram of weight, but not everyone has such a metabolism, so it is better to focus not on advice from the Internet, but on advice from a nutritionist.

What if you couldn’t control yourself and overeat? The symptoms of overeating are quite unpleasant: heaviness and bloating, discomfort, heartburn and belching. How to help the body cope with this scourge?

Carefully! Tasty food!

First .Stock up on enzyme preparations. Be sure to consult with your doctor in advance – he will tell you which remedies are better to choose and how to take them correctly. Enzymes will significantly speed up the digestion of food and over time the symptoms of overeating will subside.

Second . Motion. No, no, by no means dashing dances and bottom break. This will only make yourself worse. The best option would be a leisurely walk in the fresh air. Yes, after overeating, you want to lie down and suffer, but overpower yourself and enjoy New Year’s Eve and fresh snow on the street.

– Third. A cup of coffee. If you have no contraindications, then a small cup of coffee, no milk, no cream, no sugar, will help alleviate the symptoms of overeating. Coffee will speed up the digestion of food and help get rid of toxins faster. Green tea or mint tea can also help in this case. Drink the drink warm, slowly, in small sips.

– Fourth. Refrain from further alcohol intake. Even if you are strongly advised to “take for digestion.”Your liver is already straining with all its might and, most likely, will not be happy with a new portion of alcohol on top.

– Fifth. Don’t pounce on the water. Overeating will make you thirsty, but be careful. Take an hour after the last meal and try to drink a little, in small sips. Drink more water the next day.

Speaking of the next day. Most likely, you will not be very well, perhaps even that you will not want to eat at all, but you should not starve either.It is better to eat small, light, low-fat foods.

The cheapest and most effective remedy for overeating is willpower. Be prudent, watch the compatibility of foods with each other, their quantity and the speed of their absorption.

Honey, I got sick

Poisoning. A very dangerous thing. You can get poisoned with anything: from low-quality alcohol to expired products. In addition, you can get an infection from unwashed fruits or animals. If during a festive feast or after a person feels bad, he has vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, then in no case leave him “to lie down for half an hour”, immediately call an ambulance.Such cases should be dealt with by specialists.

It should be noted that the ambulance “on New Year’s holidays is loaded to the maximum, so you can help a person before the arrival of the brigade with plentiful drinks and sorbents.

A few simple rules will help to significantly reduce the likelihood of poisoning.

– Pay attention to the quality of the alcohol. If you are the host of a New Year’s party, buy alcohol only in trusted stores, pay attention to the quality of the brands and labels.If you are confused by the smell of a drink already poured into a glass, then it is better not to drink it, but to replace it.

– When purchasing products, carefully monitor the expiration date. Store food strictly following all storage recommendations. Use tried-and-true recipes, or analyze if the ingredients go well with each other in new dishes.

– Wash your hands before eating! Yes, ordinary soap and water can put legions of harmful microorganisms to flight. The remedy is old, proven, harsh.

Kisa, don’t stomp

Could I have been poisoned by a cookie?

We all know perfectly well that in this matter, measure is very important. Alcohol, it is like karma – reckoning will come in the next life the next morning. But, carried away by an interesting conversation, or succumbing to the general fun, there is a chance to drink too much. So what to do if yesterday was incredibly fun for you, but today ‘s head is splitting, and the cat’s inaudible footsteps are perceived as the stomp of a herd of buffalo?

The constant companions of a hangover are severe dry mouth and thirst, headache, depression and irritability, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, indigestion and a whole set of equally unpleasant symptoms.

There are many ways to get rid of a hangover, consider the most popular and effective.

I don’t remember – it means there was no

– Keep headache drugs with you. Consult with a specialist, he will help you choose the best option.

– Fight dehydration, Drink plenty of fluids . The best is plain water or still mineral water.Do not go for sugary juices, soda, strong tea and coffee. Hot chicken broth can also relieve hangover symptoms.

You shouldn’t “improve your health” with a new dose of alcohol. Your liver will be terrified. And in general, such a treatment is a very alarming call.

– Take sorbents – Enterosgel, Smecta, Polysorb and the like. Just be sure to separate the intake of the anesthetic and sorbents by at least 1.5 hours, otherwise the effect of the anesthetic may be weakened.

– A contrast shower might help cheer up , but it won’t make the liver work faster. In addition, if you have problems with the cardiovascular system, then this method is contraindicated for you.

A hangover can knock down even an absolutely healthy person, and people with diseases of the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal tract should refrain from drinking alcohol.

In addition, the holidays are not at all a reason to refuse to take prescribed medications and control blood pressure.

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How to avoid a hangover?

– Method one, the simplest and most effective. Do not drink . Generally. At all. Even a little bit. Avoiding alcohol will not make your holiday boring, but it will get rid of a hangover one hundred percent.

Follow Measure . It is individual for each person and, as a rule, he knows about it. This method is not as effective as even light hops can muffle the voice of common sense. So keep yourself in control.

Do not drink on an empty stomach . You must eat before drinking alcohol. Fatty foods will slow down the absorption of alcohol and your hangover symptoms will be weaker the next day. But just do not overdo it, otherwise not only a hangover will come to you, but also his comrade – an overexertion.

Do not mix . Be very careful with cocktails. Different types of alcohol in the same body can cause super severe hangovers.

New Year’s holidays are a great time. Use it wisely. Enjoy your holiday and Happy New Year!

90,000 Doctors talked about the dangers of combining tea and alcohol – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Strong alcohol in combination with hot tea poses a potential danger to the human body.Although in small doses or for a hangover, tea can help reduce withdrawal symptoms, in other words, a hangover.

According to psychiatrist-narcologist, doctor of the highest category Alexey Kazantsev, small doses of alcohol in combination with tea will not harm the body. No wonder there are a lot of recipes for making mulled wine, as well as tea with the addition of a tablespoon of cognac, rum, liqueur, sweet liqueurs or liqueurs. Plus, drinking tea after a meal can really help you sober up. After all, the drink contains a small amount of caffeine, which has a stimulating effect.

“Tea is sometimes taken after alcohol as a stimulant. For a certain period, the condition may improve,” Aleksey Kazantsev told aif.ru.

However, measure should be followed in everything. First of all, it is categorically not recommended to drink strong alcohol with freshly brewed black or green tea, since the combination of vodka and tea can negatively affect the cardiovascular system.

“After drinking strong tea, heart rate and blood pressure may increase.There is also a contraindication for diseases of the cardiovascular system. True, in this case, alcohol should not be consumed in any quantity at all, “says gastroenterologist-hepatologist Sergei Vyalov. caffeine-based additives, such as tea, coffee, guarana, mate, etc. In addition, maral and deer antlers, namely tinctures and extracts from them, are among the prohibited substances.Their combination with strong drinks can negatively affect health. For example, on medical sites it is indicated that the use of Eleutherococcus along with alcohol increases the frequency and strength of heart contractions, increases blood pressure.

what to do? – News from Baranovichi, Brest, Belarus, World. Intex-press

Not everyone feels well after drinking alcohol. The symptoms of a hangover are different for everyone, but there are quite typical consequences – nausea, dry mouth, insomnia.What to do if these unpleasant signs overtook you? This will be discussed in the material.

Consequences # 1: nausea and vomiting

This is one of the most common consequences of alcohol consumption. At the same time, it is a completely natural reaction to the introduction of alcohol. After all, alcohol for us is a poison, a toxin that provokes irritation of the gastric mucosa and its inflammation. Also, ethyl alcohol leads to increased production of stomach acid. And you also ask, why sometimes after a stormy night with alcohol you can feel nausea and vomiting? In addition, alcohol slows down peristalsis and the processes of moving a lump of food from the stomach into the small intestine.Food stays in the stomach for a long time, and this also harms normal digestion, reports med2.ru.

What to do?

If you start to feel sick while drinking alcohol, then it is better not to resist the real impulses of the body. Better to go to the bathroom and get rid of everything that your body doesn’t want to accept. Then it is best to stop drinking and replace the alcohol with plenty of water. And in the morning, it would be ideal to drink a drink with ginger, which contains a substance that inhibits the receptors involved in activating an attack of nausea – gingerol.

If vomiting turns into bile, this means that the stomach has cleared. But with repeated vomiting of bile, it is better to see a doctor. Also, if this symptom persists for several days, you also need to call an ambulance. The most dangerous symptom is vomiting of blood. Here, too, do not hesitate and immediately call a doctor at home.

Effect # 2: Thirst, dry mouth and dehydration

As you know, alcohol leads to dehydration.This is manifested in dry mouth, the desire to constantly drink. The fact is that alcohol has a depressing effect on the antidiuretic hormone, which is responsible for the reabsorption of water from urine. Therefore, from alcohol, you constantly want to go to the toilet. Along with drunk alcohol, additional water leaves the body, and urine carries with it various salts, due to which there will be a lack of electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, and so on) in the morning.

What to do?

One dose of alcohol should have a glass of water.This will help keep you hydrated. It is best to drink mineral, without gas, as it contains useful ions. In the morning, you also need to drink mineral water or brine, it also contains electrolytes. In two hours, you need to drink up to one and a half liters of liquid, but it’s not worth it anymore, otherwise the pressure will jump. You can also drink a glass of water with lemon juice to replenish your body with vitamin C.

By the way, due to vomiting, the symptoms of dehydration intensify, in this regard, after this, it is imperative to drink water.And in a hangover and during a party, it is better not to go to the sauna, as this will lead to even greater dehydration and increase the load on the heart.

Consequence # 3: headache

Most people experience similar symptoms. At least once in a lifetime, everyone has had such consequences of alcohol consumption. This is due to the fact that the blood vessels from alcohol expand. Some people start to blush. The same thing happens in the brain, and the pain is aggravated by dehydration.By the way, women are more susceptible to this effect of alcohol consumption.

What to do?

The only correct way out of the situation will be the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (for example, ibuprofen). Thanks to this, spasms of the vessels of the brain will be relieved. But at the same time, they can irritate the stomach lining, which is already poisoned with alcohol. Therefore, paracetamol can come to the rescue, but-shpa.

Consequence # 4: fatigue and weakness

Alcohol can cause muscle weakness.This is due to the fact that alcohol lowers blood sugar levels, leading to a decrease in the body’s reserves of minerals and vitamins. The splitting of ethyl alcohol forms an intermediate product – acetaldehyde. It is ten times more toxic to us than ethanol. Free radicals are formed that have a destructive effect on cells and tissues. The liver produces antioxidants to neutralize them. But while drinking alcohol, she does not cope with her task. Therefore, a feeling of fatigue and muscle weakness is formed.

What to do?

The liver needs rest to restore strength and neutralize harmful substances that have entered the body with alcohol. This will require you to stop drinking. Better to replace alcohol with water with electrolytes.

Consequence # 5: insomnia

This consequence is also familiar to many. When the stormy night has already ended, you are in your bed, the last forces leave the body, but you cannot sleep in any way. In addition to this, headaches are added.There is an explanation for this – the tone of the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system is simply increased. In this case, an increase in blood pressure, increased heart rate, dry skin and mucous membranes are also possible. There may also be nausea, heaviness in the stomach, disorientation, anxiety and restlessness.

What to do?

Never take sleeping pills for a hangover. This can lead to disastrous consequences. At the same time, sleep at such a difficult time for the body is extremely important, as it will cleanse itself of toxin, normalize the functioning of organs and gain strength.It is best in this case to take valerian, motherwort tincture or other herbal preparation with a sedative effect.

Author: med2.ru

How to remove a hangover after a binge?

At least once in our life, each of us has faced the consequences of drinking. We are familiar with a hangover, expressed in poor health, headache, often nausea and vomiting, which urgently needs to be removed, otherwise it can lead to physical and mental disorders.But how to remove a hangover after a binge? Only an experienced narcologist can help you with this, so in no case should you self-medicate, but you should immediately contact specialized medical institutions. Narcological clinic “Ugodie” is ready to provide first aid at home around the clock to get rid of hard drinking, coding from alcohol addiction and relieve hangover syndrome.

Causes and manifestations of a hangover

The clinic’s narcologists know how to relieve a hangover syndrome after a binge – a painful and unnatural condition caused by:

  • dehydration of the body, leading to headaches, increased thirst, a feeling of prostration and lethargy, due to alcohol intake;
  • ethyl alcohol, which affects the metabolism in the gastrointestinal tract, provoking nausea and causing the accumulation of toxic acetaldehyde in the liver, which is even more poisonous than alcohol itself.

You can list the following symptoms of a hangover, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish with severe intoxication, requiring detoxification of the body and withdrawal symptoms. This:

  • limb tremor;
  • dizziness;
  • alarm;
  • depression;
  • nausea;
  • convulsions;
  • migraine;
  • high temperature;
  • jumping pressure;
  • oxygen deficiency;
  • stomach pains and others.

If your friend or you have these signs, do not try to self-medicate alcoholism. It is very dangerous. Such consequences are not easy to mitigate, and it is even more difficult to restore the body after drinking alcohol. Therefore, treatment can only take place under the supervision of experienced doctors on an outpatient basis or stationary. Don’t waste time. Immediately call our doctors, who will come to you at any time of the day or night for first aid.

Help from the drug addiction clinic “Ugodie”

Clinic “Ugodie” is a medical organization that provides first aid in relieving hangover after drinking and carries out subsequent treatment and coding for alcoholism in Moscow and the Moscow region at an affordable cost.Based on our vast experience in treating people with alcohol dependence, we resort to effective methods leading to effective relief of hangover symptoms. Our experienced narcologists will quickly, effectively and painlessly cleanse the body of toxins, restore metabolism, cleanse the blood, stabilize blood pressure and eliminate the feeling of nausea. Anonymous removal of hard drinking at home or in a clinic is a service available to any resident of Moscow and the Moscow region.

If you need to quickly recover after prolonged alcohol consumption, cleanse the body and recuperate, call us around the clock at 8 (495) 475-65-52 or 8 (495) 475-54-24.

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