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Hangovers – Diagnosis and treatment
Time is the only sure cure for a hangover. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better:
- Fill your water bottle. Sip water or fruit juice to prevent dehydration. Resist any temptation to treat your hangover with more alcohol. It’ll only make you feel worse.
- Have a snack. Bland foods, such as toast and crackers, may boost your blood sugar and settle your stomach. Bouillon soup can help replace lost salt and potassium.
- Take a pain reliever. A standard dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever may ease your headache. But aspirin can irritate your stomach. And if you regularly drink alcohol to excess, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can cause severe liver damage even in doses previously thought to be safe.
- Go back to bed. If you sleep long enough, your hangover may be gone when you awaken.
Proposed alternative remedies for hangovers abound, but studies haven’t found any natural remedies that consistently improve hangover symptoms.
Talk with your doctor before trying any alternative medicine. Keep in mind that natural doesn’t always mean safe. Your doctor can help you understand possible risks and benefits before you try a treatment.
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How to cure a hangover fast: Doctor-approved remedies
For many, celebrating a new year and a new decade involves enjoying a few alcoholic beverages. Well, maybe more than a few. The next day, heads throb, stomachs rumble and everything feels fuzzy. It’s definitely a hangover and the desperate search for a cure begins.
But is hoping for a remedy useless?
“Obviously, the best way to avoid hangovers is by not drinking so much,” Dr. Michael Lynch, medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center and emergency department physician at UPMC in Pittsburgh, told TODAY.
There’s not a ton of research on hangovers but experts know that dehydration and inflammation work in tandem to create that icky, rundown feeling.
“A big part of it is dehydration as well as a build-up of some of the alcohol metabolites,” he said. “Some of a hangover is an inflammatory response.”
Lynch says that thinking ahead could help prevent hangovers. Eating and drinking water in addition to alcoholic beverages can soften the blow. Even chugging a glass of water before bed could help.
“The most tried-and-true methods are probably still the best,” said Lynch. “Lots of water” is one of the best ways to prevent or ease a hangover. An anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen the next morning will give some relief in about 30 minutes, although be sure to take with some food to avoid stomach upset.
For some, being selective about what type of alcohol they drink might help.
A study in 2016 found that the color of the alcoholic beverage could contribute to the severity of the hangover. Investigators at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, examined people’s reactions to congeners, chemicals which give color and flavor to alcoholic beverages. Dark drinks, such as red wine, brandy or whisky, are packed with congeners while there are fewer in light drinks, such as white wine and vodka.
“Some people find that drinks with high levels of congeners make them feel worse. And there is some evidence supporting this,” Allsop previously told TODAY.
There are other theories as why the hangover is worse with certain types of alcohol. Some suspect that the various additives contribute to a miserable morning after.
“There are sugars and other things like tannins that are present that may contribute to not feeling well, just because you’re overwhelming your system,” Lynch said. “Overall the most consistent predictor seems to be the volume.”
Drinking water while consuming alcohol can help people avoid dehydration.
“Your whole body water supply is diminished,” Lynch explained. “It is like taking a diuretic, which also induces you to urinate more than just the volume you’re taking in.”
Is Pedialyte a hangover cure?
That’s why many people turn to sports drinks, Pedialyte, which some consider the “ultimate hangover cure,” or even pickle juice to rehydrate the next day. The salt and sugar bolsters the body’s ability to absorb liquid.
The replacement fluids Pedialyte provides could help relieve hangover symptoms — even if it’s a placebo effect, some doctors say — and may be a good option for people too nauseous to eat. Their flavor, too, may encourage people to drink more fluids than they would if they were drinking regular water.
While many swear these drinks banish hangovers, Lynch remains unconvinced.
“I wouldn’t expect Pedialyte to help significantly,” he said.
On thing, Lynch discourages for a hangover: intravenous fluids. Few people need IV fluids to rehydrate, unless they are so ill they cannot keep anything down.
“If you are able to drink fluids, we almost always prefer that people drink their fluids,” Lynch said.
What about supplements, vitamin B or potassium?
Again, there’s no evidence they work.
“If you are deficient in vitamin B or potassium it might help,” he said. “It is pretty uncommon — short of a medical reason or pregnancy — that you would need to supplement.”
While hangovers feel like the worst, they are mercifully short-lived. Lynch worries more about accidents from drunken antics.
“A hangover feels crappy for a day, but injuries and things that happen while really intoxicated can be serious and potentially permanent,” he said. “And that is what we want people to avoid.”
Meghan Holohan is a contributing writer who covers health and parenting for TODAY.com. She enjoys cooking, yoga, reading, music and walking her two rescue dogs. Follow her on Twitter to see her recent stories.
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For many people, a night of drinking can lead to a painful morning after and the dreaded effects of a hangover. What does science tell us about this phenomenon? What causes the typical symptoms of a hangover? And the question perhaps as old as hangovers themselves—are there any real remedies?
What Is a Hangover?
A hangover refers to a set of symptoms that occur as a consequence of drinking too much. Typical symptoms include fatigue, weakness, thirst, headache, muscle aches, nausea, stomach pain, vertigo, sensitivity to light and sound, anxiety, irritability, sweating, and increased blood pressure. A hangover can vary from person to person.
Other Substances That Contribute to Hangover Symptoms
Alcohol is the main culprit in a hangover, but other components of alcoholic beverages might contribute to hangover symptoms or make a hangover worse.
- Congeners are compounds, other than ethyl alcohol, that are produced during fermentation. These substances contribute to the taste and smell of alcoholic beverages. Darker spirits, such as bourbon, which tend to have higher levels of congeners than clear spirits, could worsen hangover symptoms for some people.
- Sulfites are compounds that are added to wine as preservatives. People who have a sensitivity to sulfites may experience a headache after drinking wine.
What Causes Hangover Symptoms?
A number of factors can contribute to hangovers:
- Mild dehydration: Alcohol suppresses the release of vasopressin, a hormone produced by the brain that sends signals to the kidneys causing them to retain fluid. As a result, alcohol increases urination and excess loss of fluids. The mild dehydration that results likely contributes to hangover symptoms such as thirst, fatigue, and a headache.
- Disrupted sleep: People may fall asleep faster after drinking alcohol, but their sleep is fragmented, and they tend to wake up earlier. This contributes to fatigue, as well as lost productivity.
- Gastrointestinal irritation: Alcohol directly irritates the lining of the stomach and increases acid release. This can lead to nausea and stomach discomfort.
- Inflammation: Alcohol increases inflammation in the body. Inflammation contributes to the malaise that people feel when they are sick, so it may play a role in hangover symptoms as well.
- Acetaldehyde exposure: Alcohol metabolism, primarily by the liver, creates the compound acetaldehyde, a toxic, short-lived byproduct, which contributes to inflammation in the liver, pancreas, brain, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs.
- Mini-withdrawal: While drinking, individuals may feel calmer, more relaxed, and even euphoric, but the brain quickly adjusts to those positive effects as it tries to maintain balance. As a result, when the buzz wears off, people can feel more restless and anxious than before they drank.
Because individuals are so different, it is difficult to predict how many drinks will cause a hangover. Any time people drink to intoxication, there is a chance they could have a hangover the next day.
When Does a Hangover Peak and How Long Does It Last?
Hangover symptoms peak when the blood alcohol concentration in the body returns to about zero. The symptoms can last 24 hours or longer.
Are Hangovers Dangerous or Just Painful?
Hangovers can be both painful and dangerous. During a hangover, a person’s attention, decision-making, and muscle coordination can all be impaired. Also, the ability to perform important tasks, such as driving, operating machinery, or caring for others can be negatively affected.
Common Myths About Hangovers
Myth: Certain actions, such as drinking coffee or taking a shower, can prevent or cure a hangover.
Fact: The only way to completely avoid a hangover is to not drink alcohol at all or to keep alcohol intake to a minimum. There is no cure for a hangover other than time.
Myth: The order of drinks will affect a hangover—as captured in the expression, “beer before liquor, never sicker.”
Fact: In general, the more alcohol a person drinks, the worse the hangover will be. This is true regardless of whether a person drinks beer, wine, distilled spirits, or a combination of these.
Myth: Having an alcoholic drink in the morning after a night of drinking will help avoid a hangover—a practice known colloquially as “a hair of the dog that bit you.”
Fact: While this might temporarily minimize some symptoms, it could contribute to and prolong the malaise and other symptoms of the hangover.
Are There Any Remedies for a Hangover?
Although many remedies for alleviating hangovers are mentioned on the web and in social media, none have been scientifically proven to be effective. There is no magic potion for beating hangovers—and only time can help. A person must wait for the body to finish clearing the toxic byproducts of alcohol metabolism, to rehydrate, to heal irritated tissue, and to restore immune and brain activity to normal. There is no way to speed up the brain’s recovery from alcohol use—drinking coffee, taking a shower, or having an alcoholic beverage the next morning will not cure a hangover.
Some people take over-the-counter pain relievers (often acetaminophen) before going to bed to minimize hangovers. It is important to recognize that the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen can be toxic to the liver. Like alcohol, certain over-the-counter pain relievers, including aspirin and ibuprofen, can increase acid release and irritate the lining of the stomach. Proceed with caution when using these medications before or after consuming alcohol.
To help ease their hangover symptoms, some people turn to electrolyte-rich sports drinks or other products, or even intravenous (IV) treatments, in an effort to treat electrolyte imbalance caused by increased urination and fluid loss as a result of drinking. Research has not found a correlation between the extent of electrolyte disruptions and the severity of hangovers, or the impact of added electrolytes on hangover severity. In most people, the body will quickly restore electrolyte balance once the effects of alcohol subside.
Ultimately, the only surefire remedy for a hangover is to avoid getting one by drinking in moderation or choosing not to drink.
Best Hangover Cures, Tested and Ranked
Alcohol: It makes conversation easier, urination more frequent, and reading much, much more difficult. That last point might hit particularly hard for the people who came here via frantically Googling “How Do I Cure a Hangover” either the night of or the morning after. Well the bad news is that there’s no magic bullet, no panacea pill, no mystery herb that can retroactively erase your consumption.
The good news? There are at least 20 ways to help massage a headbanger of a hangover into a whisper of an ailment. Below, I take them all for a hazy-eyed test drive (in the name of science!). For a full conversation on hangovers, drinking, and decision-making in general, you can check out this episode of Thrillist’s Best (and the Rest) podcast.
And if you are incredibly impatient (or really, really hurting) you can skip to the end of the article for my patented four-step H.E.A.L.™ Hangover Cure system. It’s saved my life on more than one occasion. Hopefully it can do the same for you.
20. Drinking more
Why is “hair of the dog” occupying the bottom slot on this list? It’s not so much a hangover cure as a hangover delayer. It doesn’t help to fix your ailments, it just prolongs the suffering by keeping you inebriated. But if you have the time, power, money, and gag reflex to just keep drinking for the rest of your life so you never get hungover (a method colloquially known as “the Keith Richards”) I guess that makes it an effective method? And more power to you. Some of us just have careers, families, and stomach linings to worry about…
19. Rubbing a slice of lemon under your armpit
My friend who hails from D.R. gave me the skinny on this traditional Caribbean hangover prevention: Before drinking, you rub a lemon in the armpit of your “drinking arm” (the arm you hold your drinks with). While this method obviously did not work, it did give my right pit a distinct citrus musk, like I used a bottle of Pledge as deodorant. But yeah this definitely did not work, and he might have been playing a trick on me. Either way, it kind of stung. This is the absolute last time I rub fruit in my armpits. Hopefully.
If I don’t drink coffee in the morning — whether I’m hungover or not — I don’t really feel normal. So yeah, it made me feel better. But that doesn’t make it a hangover “cure,” per se, it just means my body is semi-addicted to caffeine (a problem in its own right). In reality, the coffee I’m drinking when my body is drying out from a night of whiskey shots and tequila lollipops with real worms inside is probably just making me more dehydrated, which only pokes the slumbering hangover bear slaughtering my insides. Look, I’m not telling you to not drink coffee when you’re hungover. It legit might make you feel better if that’s normally the coal that makes your train roll. I’m just telling you it might make your hangover worse.
17. Pickle juice
Sure, your grandpa (and Dr. Oz, who pretty much has the medical authority and acumen of your average grandpa) swears by pickle juice and its electrolyte-boosting salts for the morning after. But he neglects the obvious problem: When you’re already miserable, the last thing you want to do is chug a half-pint of pickle juice while fighting spurts of dry heaves. If there’s one thing that tastes worse than pickle juice going down, it’s pickle juice coming back up.
16. Coconut water
See above, replace “pickle juice” with “carton of Satan’s urine cut with 40-year-old hamster milk.” Also, I hate coconut water.
15. Activated charcoal
The science behind using activated charcoal to battle the morning weirds asserts that charcoal will “suck” the toxins out of your stomach, effectively absorbing the alcohol and giving your gut a clean slate. This did not happen for me. The only thing the charcoal “activated” was my debit card and a four-minute conversation with the meathead at GNC who sagely advised me to avoid hangovers by pairing every drink with a Red Bull. But it gets some credit for at least not making things worse. It’s like having Mark Sanchez on your team as a third-string QB: no harm done.
Another cure that old-timers tout relentlessly, Alka-Seltzer apparently will neutralize the stomach acid churning in the depths of your stomach. And yeah, it kind of did. So right now we’re moving into the “cures” that actually do help. But the problem here is that Alka-Seltzer only neutralizes one aspect of your hangover. It doesn’t deal with the headaches, the fatigue, or the crushing sense of dreadful guilt. So it’s kind of one-dimensional and cannot rise any higher on this list. Though the fizzling sound is nice.
13. Pedialyte and/or Gatorade
For those without children or drinking issues, Pedialyte is like supercharged Gatorade for babies. It’s filled to the brim with electrolytes, and over the years has developed a reputation as a hangover cure, much to the delight of its marketing department. And while it did give me a boost of energy — my electrolytes were tingling! — other specialty products do the same with less (more on those later) while not making you feel like an 8-year-old with a tummy ache. I prefer Gatorade — Pedialytes sporty older brother — personally.
Like Pedialyte, Advil — while a valid, supplemental way to help bury a hangover — cannot do the job on its own sugar-coated volition. It will help with your head and to quell that whole “hey, did I get hit by an Amtrak train last night, by any chance?” achy feeling — but cure your hangover it will not. Even when dipped in ranch.
This is something I do personally the morning after a particularly raucous mixer. I’m not sure if this is more of a nostalgia-fueled, conditioned placebo effect, but the Coke genuinely seems to settle my stomach, give me the perfect concentrated dose of caffeine, and improve my mood. It also helps if you can find a can with your name on it, as some unspoken moral support.
Speaking of puking (a phrase you almost never want to hear), upchucking definitely will help assuage many of your symptoms — particularly nausea. Its ruthless effectiveness at doing so can’t be understated. However, having the contents of your stomach come out of your mouth is pretty damn unpleasant. So if you’re the kind of person that just wants to bite the bullet and/or rip off the BAND-AID, this might be your method of choice. If you prefer to keep your bile inside your stomach, try something else.
9. Pho/ramen/chicken noodle soup
I believe that food is the best medicine for almost everything — despite that time I had to be hospitalized for three months after trying to treat my appendicitis with Pop-Tarts. A hot bowl of soup after a rough night can often be the ideal solution to your hangover woes. The mix of sodium, broth, and noodles is like a culinary hangover panacea, but therein lies the problem: You have to eat it. Some people simply cannot eat when they are hungover. Soups tend to be pungent meals that can be hard to stomach when your insides are walking a tightrope. While it worked for me, I had to recognize that occasionally my hangovers come accompanied by a tornado of stomachaches and nausea that would simply leave this solution invalid. Also chopsticks and the morning shakes were not exactly made for each other. Ditto for spoons.
These over-the-counter hangover pills and powders are often met with speculation and distrust. I mean, it does seem too good to be true, right? Potions like DripDrop and Drinkwel aren’t magic, but they are loaded with vitamins and electrolytes that are designed to get you hydrated fast. They’re like doses of supercharged Pedialyte, which in turn is like supercharged Gatorade. These will definitely help with hydration issues like fatigue and headaches, and will generally make you feel better. The only real drawback is that they are hard to find, and will probably require your order them online in anticipation that you will soon be so hungover that you’ll need specialty potions to recover — which kind of makes you question what you are doing with your life. So yeah, your sense of self-worth might take a small dent.
7. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich
I really, really wanted this to be higher. I’ve pretty much sworn by this method since the first time I sipped alcohol, which was obviously on my 21st birthday. Is my brain just pre-wired to respond to the grease-laden combination of the eggs and bacon? Does the bread soak up the booze swirling in my stomach? Does the layer of cheddar awaken endorphins in my spinal cord that fill my body with a crack-like sense of affirmation and goodwill? I’m not sure. But if you are well enough to scarf one of these suckers down, it can’t hurt.
6. Smoking weed
- Settles stomach
- Sense of euphoria
- Helps headache
- Increases appetite
- Makes you high (also a pro, but not if you have stuff to do)
- Possibly illegal… but also who cares
5. A shit-ton of water
While this may seem like an obvious solution to dehydration, drinking too much water can end up causing more problems for your body. Namely, filling your gut with a gallon of water, which can lead to vomiting. Hydration is super-important in nursing yourself back to working shape, but there are smarter, more efficient ways to take you there. That being said, it is important to properly hydrate — and while there are better ways, this is not a bad way, per se. You just have to make sure you don’t overdo it. You don’t want all that stuff sloshing around inside your body, especially on an empty stomach. That will only make things worse.
4. McVities digestive biscuits
In many ways, I consider this to be my hangover secret weapon. McVities are a British digestive biscuit; they’re wholly unoffensive, go down easy, and — when you crush an entire sleeve before bedtime — they’ll make sure you wake up without a lingering sense of nausea (and dread). They are a simple, elegant biscuit, that aid a simple and elegant solution to one major symptom of the common hangover. They also have a hilarious, very English commercial that’s certainly worth a watch… especially whilst hungover.
3. IV drip
I have insider information that over-partying doctors and surgeons have been stringing themselves up to IVs the morning after for decades, and for good reason: This shit definitely gives you a boost. If you don’t have a medical degree, outfits like New York’s IV Doc will come to your home or office — nurse in tow — and deliver a calculated cocktail of vitamins, saline, nausea medication, and more straight into your veins. It’s an… odd experience. It literally feels like ice water running through your veins (not in a clutch, Ray Allen type of way, but like you’re mainlining a Slurpee) and it’s pretty pricey and elaborate. But if you need to quell a hangover MF’ing ASAP because you have a big presentation or are about to be sworn in as a United States senator, this is probably the best way to do it. Unless you are afraid of needles, obviously. Or nurses. Or IV poles.
2. Physical exercise
I know. I was surprised too. Physical exercise and hangovers don’t seem to go together. But just as my 80-year-old witch-doctor girlfriend tells me, sometimes opposites attract. With much reluctance, I tried working out immediately after waking up with a hangover. I actually tried it three times, just to make sure.
I ran. I did a bunch of push-ups. I did a shit-ton of sit-ups. And I ran some more. At first, it was a glimpse of hell through rapidly fading beer goggles. Then I turned the corner (as I was turning a corner, actually) and I felt the booze gushing out of my pores — I mean, along with the sweat. All this exertion led to a lot of water drinking, and I found myself hydrating properly without getting too nauseous. The fresh air helped clear my head. The endorphins that were released told my brain, “Hey, don’t feel too bad about what happened last night — but also remember to ask your doctor about the next available STI screening, OK?”
Huh. I guess treating your body like a temple actually does counteract the aftershocks of treating your body like an amusement park. Who’d have thunk it? Oh right, every single medical professional, scientist, and nervous mother since the beginning of time. I guess we should have been listening all along.
1. H.E.A.L.™ Hangover Cure System
If there’s anything I learned from trying all of these cures, it’s that one single cure or remedy won’t do the trick. You need a multitude of solutions that combine both heavy preparation the night (or day, if you’re degenerate!) you are drinking, and a lot of willpower the next day. I believe there is a simple, four-step way to combat a hangover like a goddamn professional drinker. Just remember: H.E.A.L.
Hydrate profusely the night before — whether that means alternating water with alcohol when you’re out, or chugging a bottle of water before going to bed. This is the first, and perhaps most important, part of the system.
Eat something before you go to bed. Like I said way back at No. 4, McVities Digestive Biscuits are my personal go-to, but the choice is yours. Just make sure there is something in your stomach that doesn’t rhyme with schmalcohol.
Aerobics, as soon as you wake up! OK this part sucks, but getting up, moving, and getting a sweat going is the only way to suffocate the general malaise of a hangover — both physical, and metaphysical. Combine with a shower afterwards, and you should start to feel the pangs of the hangover ooze out of your pores. [Note: If you can afford and/or arrange an IV Doc visit, it’s a viable substitute.]
Live your life like you aren’t hungover. Mind over matter. Fake it, until you make it. If you stay sedentary, and let the hangover define your day, you will not overcome. As someone who has personally been to work hungover hundreds of times (if any of my superiors are reading this… yeah, sorry) I firmly believe this is the only thing that can truly stop a hangover dead in its tracks. Time heals all wounds… including the hangover. Go out there and do your best, kids.
How to Cure a Hangover, According to Science
Your head is ringing. Your mouth feels like an emery board. The dawn light streaming through the window is blinding as you try to piece together anything embarrassing you might have done the night before. Are you going to be sick? Possibly. But first, you must find water.
There are few things worse than waking up with a hangover. We’ve all been there, to varying degrees. But what is it about drinking that makes us feel like we’ve been hit by a truck, one that reverses back over you and then drives off again? According to Dr Anita Sturnham, alcohol is a diuretic and therefore “stimulates hormones that increase urination and water loss from the body,” which is why we feel so dehydrated. “We also know that alcohol is converted into metabolites acetaldehyde and ethanoate,” she says. “These metabolites are toxic to our cells, causing nausea, sweating, increased heart rate and headaches. If that wasn’t enough, alcohol also disrupts our cytokine system, the small proteins that act as part of our immune system. An increase in cytokines IL-2 after drinking alcohol causes headaches, fatigue and even memory loss.”
On top of that, some drinks are reportedly mixed with other compounds called congeners, which are added to improve the taste and smell of a drink at the cost of an even worse hangover. “Worst culprits include red wine, brandy and whisky,” says Dr Sturnham.
So, what’s the miracle cure? We asked four experts for their tips on beating a hangover (and please, always remember to drink responsibly).
Kay Ali, nutritional therapist
Turbocharge your breakfast with some leafy greens
While our bodies are able to neutralize acetaldehyde into acetate, this largely depends on our antioxidant status. Our master antioxidant glutathione is essential: it’s made from the amino acid cysteine, which you find in high concentrations in most protein foods. Beef, chicken, eggs, oatmeal and lentils are some of the best sources. It’s not surprising then, that people report that they feel better after a fried breakfast, which can incorporate many of these foods.
However, there’s scope to further optimize this first meal. Glutathione production from cysteine relies on several cofactors—magnesium, glycine, glutamate and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Dark green leafy vegetables are great sources of magnesium—try a combination of buttered swiss chard and spinach alongside your morning sausage, beans and eggs for a boost. Even better, add tomatoes and mushrooms; they deliver nutritious sources of glutamate that may help glutathione production.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE REMEDY FOR A HANGOVER – GOODONYA® Organic
The only thing that’s fun about a hangover is the journey getting there. I think it’s safe to say that most of us have over indulged ourselves at one time or another and woken up the next morning feeling anything but productive. The fatigue, nausea, brain fog, and headache associated with a hangover are not only debilitating, but they can leave you begging for mercy.
You may have heard the phrase “the hair of the dog” or the notion that getting up and immediately having another drink is helpful. While I’m not an authority on hangover remedies, science tells us that there is some validity to this hangover cure. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.
For this article’s purposes, we are going to focus on dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, the first things that you should address if you want to feel human again after a night of heavy drinking. Let’s take a look at the anatomy of a hangover, the best ways to treat a hangover, and steps you can take that may help reduce your chances of getting a hangover in the first place.
THE ANATOMY OF A HANGOVER
The after-effects that you feel after a night of drinking alcohol, referred to as a hangover is a result of the following imbalances and irritations that are going on in your body:
- low blood sugar
- alcohol withdrawal
- electrolyte imbalances
- stomach and intestine irritation
Anyone of those things by itself can cause you to feel pretty rotten. The good news is there are relatively easy solutions to address most of them. However, if left unaddressed, you will likely experience one or more of the following symptoms of a hangover:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Fatigue and weakness
- Poor or decreased sleep
- Headaches and muscle aches
- Excessive thirst and dry mouth
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound
- Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning
- Mood disturbances, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability
The Best Ways to Treat a Hangover
Effective treatment of a hangover requires you to address each of the imbalances that are going on in your body. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all hangover cures. Your blood sugar levels, hydration, and electrolyte balance are the most treatable and will give you the quickest relief. The headache, nausea, and possible vomiting will all have to run their course.
Low Blood Sugar – Though you may feel that it’s the last thing you want to do, getting up and eating a healthy breakfast will begin to stabilize your blood sugar. That should make you feel a little bit better right away.
Dehydration – Drinking plenty of water will help with rehydration, and you can start the process before you go to bed after a night of drinking alcohol. Drinking a glass of water or two mixed with the oral hydrating solution HYDRATE will keep you on a path to hydration during the night and decrease the symptoms of dehydration when you wake up the next day.
Alcohol Withdrawal – This is where we will address “the hair of the dog.” Believe it or not, there is some science-based evidence that having a drink the morning of a hangover might actually help a little bit anyway.
Why, you ask? Alcoholic drinks contain small amounts of methanol, and alcohol causes your body to convert methanol into formaldehyde, which is a toxic compound believed to cause some hangover symptoms.
Research shows that drinking alcohol when you have a hangover actually stops converting methanol into formaldehyde and allows it to be safely excreted from your body. This being said, drinking to feel better after too much drinking can lead to alcohol dependence. Use this remedy with caution.
Electrolyte Imbalance – This requires more than just drinking water. Again, drinking water is great for hydration, but most drinking water does not contain electrolytes. Oral rehydrating solutions such as HYDRATE are your best bet for replenishing electrolytes. Many people reach for sports drinks and energy drinks to restore electrolytes; however, the high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and caffeine content in these drinks are likely to make you feel worse.
Stomach and Intestine Irritation – Hydration, restoring electrolytes, and stabilizing your blood sugar will help stomach and intestine irritation. However, sticking with a bland diet or the B.R.A.T. diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) is the best way to soothe an upset stomach.
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO AVOID A HANGOVER
Drinking in moderation is a sure-fire way to avoid a hangover, but if you’re reading this, it’s probably too late for a lecture. Here are some things you can do to minimize the effects of a hangover while you’re drinking:
- Eat before drinking – this decreases the time it takes for alcohol to enter your bloodstream, which keeps blood alcohol levels lower.
- Stay hydrated – drink water or, better yet, HYDRATE in between drinks before you go to bed to minimize the headache, dry mouth, and pounding heart associated with dehydration.
- Get enough sleep – alcohol is known to disrupt your sleep, so you may need to get in some extra Zs the next day after drinking to feel more rested.
A hangover, as the name would imply, is not synonymous with your body feeling its best. And unfortunately, there is not a magic bullet to cure hangover symptoms either. The good news, though, is that a hangover rarely lasts more than 24 hours.
Focus on hydration and replenishing your electrolytes during and after drinking to reduce the symptoms of a hangover. An oral rehydrating solution like HYDRATE is the best option because it comprises whole, organic ingredients and unprocessed electrolytes. Best of all, it has only 1 gram of sugar from dehydrated lemon juice.
If there were a magic bullet to cure a hangover, HYDRATE would likely be your bullet. Rehydrate and feel better with HYDRATE!
10 hangover remedies: What works?
Don’t get your hopes up The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge. Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies. However, traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse.
Hair of the Dog
Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after. “The worst thing to do is to have another drink,” says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pa., and the chair of the American College of Physicians’ board of governors. The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic, Dr. Cutler explains, and you need to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.
There’s no scientific evidence that a heaping helping of bacon and eggs will ease hangover anguish, even though many people swear by it. “Greasy food is just going to give you heartburn,” says Dr. Cutler, who recommends sticking with easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal. “You want to get calories right back into your system.”
Eat light and stay hydrated, agrees John Brick, PhD, an alcohol research scientist and author of The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook. “No specific foods are recommended, although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people,” Brick says.
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Alka-Seltzer turned 85 in 2016, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.
All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.
There are lots of hangover “cures” in a bottle out there—such as Chaser, PreToxx, and RU 21—but very little evidence to back up claims. “Hangover pills that have been studied are not effective, or only help against a few complaints…but not all,” says Joris C. Verster, PhD, an assistant professor of psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who studies hangovers.
A 2005 review article in the journal BMJ identified eight peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled studies of hangover remedies, and concluded that “no compelling evidence exists” to support their use.
Dr. Cutler suggests taking a multivitamin instead to restore the nutrients your body may have lost during a binge.
Related: 14 surprising causes of dehydration
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, skipping java when you’re hung over may—or may not—be a good idea, Brick says. You may wind up layering a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your hangover woes when you miss your regular morning fix.
That said, caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. “Both of these may make the hangover worse,” Brick says. “If you drink coffee regularly, you might try a very small amount in the morning. Wait 30 to 60 minutes and see how you feel.”
Water and sports drinks
Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day. In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover. Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that congeners—toxic substances found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey—may also play a role.
Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you’ve lost will likely help you feel a little less miserable. “Juice, water, Gatorade, all those things—they’re going to make you feel better,” says Dr. Cutler.
For women who have PMS-related pain such as cramping, breast tenderness, backaches, or headaches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can provide some relief.
These include ibuprofen (Advil and similar drugs) and naproxen (Aleve).
Or you can try over-the-counter remedies specifically aimed at PMS like Pamprin and Midol. These often combine some sort of pain reliever with caffeine.
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A gentle workout could help you feel better, if you can manage it (and that’s a big if).
“Remember: If you’ve been drinking heavily, you could be a little dehydrated, you could be metabolically behind on your nutrition, and exercise is going to require hydration and nutrition,” Dr. Cutler says. “Exercise is always the right thing to do, but I don’t think [on] the morning you wake up with a hangover, exercise is what you need.” What you really need is rest, he adds.
Think you can “sweat out” the alcohol and other toxins you may have consumed during a night of partying? Think again. A sauna can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes in your body. “The last thing you need is to disrupt the normal blood-flow patterns by extreme heat,” Dr. Cutler says.
If you’re already somewhat dehydrated, excessive sweating can be harmful, and even deadly. Researchers from the Finnish State Alcohol Company’s Research Laboratories, in Helsinki, warn that sauna bathing while hung over carries “real health risks,” including dangerous drops in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.
People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later, the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake. Although sleep deprivation won’t by itself cause a hangover, it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.
If you have the luxury of “sleeping it off” the next day, do so. Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you. “The body’s got an amazing capacity to heal on its own,” says Dr. Cutler.
In the end, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time.
90,000 how to relieve hangover at home
We wrote this article for those who are mentally preparing for the New Year and are free from alcohol addiction.
Patients with alcoholism suffer from hangovers otherwise, our article will not work for them.
What is a hangover
Not so much ethyl alcohol is to blame for the hangover as the chemical compounds that are formed in the body as a result of its processing.
Once upon a time, the blame for a hangover was attributed to ethyl alcohol. This substance contributes to dehydration, which is why it was thought that a hangover was, in fact, excruciating thirst. But then scientists took people suffering from a hangover and decided to measure their objective indicator of dehydration – the level of the hormone vasopressin in the blood. If the power of the hangover was really associated with dehydration, then those who suffered more, had more vasopressin in their blood than those who practically did not notice the hangover.However, it turned out that the level of this hormone in sufferers is about the same as in those who are not annoyed by a hangover. That is, there is indeed dehydration during a hangover, but it has almost no effect on the severity of the hangover.
A hangover develops when the concentration of alcohol in the blood does not increase, but, on the contrary, sharply decreases. The discomfort peaks when the alcohol content drops to near zero. By this time, the liver has converted all of the ethyl alcohol into poisonous acetaldehyde.
Hangover suffering lasts as long as acetaldehyde is in the blood, and stops only after the liver has already converted it into the relatively harmless acetic acid.
See your doctor
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What happens to the body during a hangover
The mechanism of a hangover is not yet fully understood. We only know that ethyl alcohol provokes thirst, and acetaldehyde causes mild inflammation in the liver, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract and brain. So it is not surprising that the unpleasant sensations of a hangover are so varied, because each body suffering from a hangover hurts in its own way.
Hangovers – A Mysterious Phenomenon – Medical Council on Alcohol (MCA) Magazine
Hangovers – NIAAA Brochure
Perhaps acetic acid also contributes to poor health – in any case, injections of this substance provoked headaches in rats.Nobody tested this in public – it would be too inhuman.
How to understand that feeling unwell is connected precisely with a hangover
This is not difficult to understand, because a hangover occurs approximately 8-16 hours after a meal: usually the next morning. On average, this is how long it takes for the enzyme to convert alcohol to aldehyde.
Hangover has recognizable symptoms – they were identified by interviewing 1,410 people who have experienced this condition. The majority, that is 74% of those surveyed, complained – in decreasing order of frequency – of weakness, thirst, drowsiness, headache, nausea, problems with concentration, and decreased reaction speed.
Sometimes a hangover is accompanied by more rare symptoms: for example, 28% of respondents lost their taste sensations, 29% felt an increased heart rate, and about 2% of respondents suffered so much that they even had suicidal thoughts.
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What determines the strength of a hangover
The strength of a hangover depends on several reasons.
Amount of consumed. According to some reports, 25-30% of people, in principle, do not suffer from a hangover, no matter how much they drink. However, the rest have a clear dependence: the more alcohol is drunk the day before, the stronger the hangover.
Beverage color. Many spirits, such as red wine, whiskey and tequila, are made from fermentation, which involves crushed grapes with skins or whole grains. This process is triggered by yeast – microorganisms that gradually eat sugar and secrete waste products.This is ethyl alcohol and some other chemicals, some of which give the drinks color – winemakers call them congeners.
What are Congeners – The Current Drug Abuse Survey (CDAR)
Acetaldehyde plays a major role in hangovers, but congeners also contribute. Some of them, such as methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid, are quite poisonous, so they can aggravate the discomfort of a hangover. And since there are more congeners in colored spirits than in refined spirits, they are believed to cause a more severe hangover than refined and colorless ones.
Bourbon causes more hangovers than vodka – Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER)
Heredity. The severity of a hangover depends on the efficiency of the liver enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase: the sooner it converts the aldehyde into acetic acid, the faster the hangover will go away. At the same time, in some people, for example, among Asians, this enzyme works more slowly than in Europeans. As a result, the aldehyde builds up in the body and prolongs the suffering.If a person gets “slow” aldehyde dehydrogenase from his parents, he will suffer from a hangover more than his peers, who will drink exactly the same amount as he does.
Pol. With the same blood alcohol concentration, women are more likely to complain of a hangover than men. True, if there is very little or, on the contrary, a lot of alcohol in the blood, the difference between men and women disappears. Perhaps this is because most men weigh more than most of their female counterparts, so men, on average, need a large dose of alcohol to earn a hangover.
Smoking. While smoking cigarettes, acetaldehyde is also formed, and an additional dose of poison can aggravate hangover suffering. A study of student smokers showed that those who smoked at the same time as drinking alcohol had more intense hangovers. Moreover, the more cigarettes smoked, the stronger the hangover will be.
Student smokers suffer more from hangovers – Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (JSAD)
Although not mentioned in the study, it appears that even non-smokers in the party can be affected by smokers.In a smoky room, they can breathe in smoke and also become more tormented in the morning.
What helps with a hangover
The effectiveness of other popular hangover remedies, such as coffee, milkshakes, honey, vitamins, activated charcoal, sports drinks with electrolytes, exercise, walking in the fresh air, hot baths and cold heating pads, have not really been tested.
A hangover is like a cold: all you can do is try to ease your symptoms and wait for your body to heal itself.
Take medication with ibuprofen. This is a well-studied non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that reduces headache and inflammation. In our country, the drug under the trade name “Nurofen” is popular, but any remedy with ibuprofen is suitable for the treatment of a hangover.
Alcohol often damages the stomach lining, so that it bleeds, and acetylsalicylic acid makes the blood more fluid – as a result, severe internal bleeding can occur.Preparations with paracetamol increase the load on the liver, which during a hangover is already “worn out” – this can damage it. A healthy person may not feel this, because the liver is a very hardy organ. However, in the future, this may increase the risk of liver disease.
Drink some water and eat warm soup. Water relieves thirst. The main thing is not to force yourself to drink: excess liquid can also do harm. Soup helps to restore strength – but if you don’t feel like eating, you can do without it.
Do not drink alcohol. Those who drank the day before and are experiencing a hangover are advised to pause before the next intake of alcohol for at least two days – during this time the body will have time to recover. “Treating like with like” is a dangerous practice: there is a chance to turn a simple hangover into life-threatening alcohol poisoning.
These three methods are the most conclusive. But a hangover is largely an individual thing. So, if there is a way that helps you, for example, a walk or good old pickle, you should not neglect it.
When to call a doctor
If there are signs of alcohol poisoning. This is more serious than a hangover, and can be life threatening.
As in the case of a hangover, symptoms of poisoning depend on the amount of alcohol consumed, gender and individual reaction of a person to ethyl alcohol. A dose that causes a slight hangover in one, provokes severe poisoning in another.
Acute Alcohol Poisoning – European Journal of Internal Medicine (EJIM)
Ethanol Poisoning in Adults – International Physician Textbook Uptodate
Some people, having been poisoned by alcohol, become excitable, their speech becomes slurred, their gait becomes unstable, coordination of movements is impaired.It looks like ordinary drunkenness, but there are additional symptoms:
- uncontrolled vomiting;
- nystagmus – trembling of the pupils.
An important sign of alcohol poisoning is uncontrolled trembling of the pupils. Source: blog Medicalrojak
A person who has been poisoned by alcohol can be given clean water. There is no need to give medication – it is better to leave the treatment to the emergency team.
Sometimes a person who has been poisoned by alcohol loses consciousness. This is not just a dream if:
- the person cannot be woken up;
- the victim’s skin is cool, pale or bluish;
- a person takes less than 8 breaths per minute, and his breathing stops for 10 seconds or longer;
- An unconscious person experiences muscle cramps.
If a person is in this condition, should be called urgently as soon as possible.
If a person is unconscious, you need to transfer him to a bed or floor and lay him on his side – if vomiting starts, he will not suffocate. It is worth covering the victim with a blanket: after being poisoned by alcohol, people freeze faster than sober ones.
Can you avoid a hangover
The only truly reliable way to avoid a hangover is not to drink at all, or to drink just enough alcohol to avoid a hangover or poisoning.The only problem is that all people are different and everyone has their own dose.
Here are four tips to help you.
Drink in moderation. Women are advised to drink no more than one portion of alcoholic beverages per day, men – no more than two portions. One standard serving of alcoholic beverages is 14 g of pure ethanol. Different drinks contain different amounts of alcohol. Conventionally, one serving is about 360 ml of 5% beer, 150 ml of 12% wine or 45 ml of 40% liqueur.
Each beverage pictured above is one standard beverage, or one alcoholic beverage equivalent.In the United States, it is any drink that contains 6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol. The percentage of pure alcohol, here expressed as alcohol by volume (alc / vol), varies from beverage to beverage. While this standard is convenient for following health guidelines, it may not reflect typical serving sizes. Source: NIAAA
Each beverage pictured above is one standard beverage, or one alcoholic beverage equivalent. In the United States, it is any drink that contains 6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of pure alcohol.The percentage of pure alcohol, here expressed as alcohol by volume (alc / vol), varies from beverage to beverage. While this standard is convenient for following health guidelines, it may not reflect typical serving sizes. Source: NIAAA
Drink as slowly as possible. So there is less chance of exceeding your norm.
Drink water between alcoholic drinks. This will help you to avoid strong thirst in the morning.
Have a snack. Food slows down the absorption of alcohol: so there is a higher chance that the liver enzymes responsible for the breakdown of ethanol will have time to complete their task and neutralize alcohol before a hangover occurs.
90,000 How to quickly get rid of a hangover? | SOCIETY
In order not to suffer from the consequences of the New Year holidays, as, indeed, any other weekend, involving a feast, it is enough to know several basic methods of curing a hangover.
The most important thing after the meal is to sleep well. Sleep is an effective hangover treatment. Make sure that no one bothers you, and the room is dark and quiet. If you can’t get enough sleep, take a contrast shower.Cold water will invigorate you as well as improve circulation.
A shower can be taken with a special body scrub that will increase skin tone, improve microcirculation, skin tone and texture. Friends will not have a chance to joke with you: “Why are you so rumpled?”
During sleep, the room should be quiet and dark. Photo: freepik.com/ senivpetro
After showering, have a hearty breakfast. Hangover at home will eliminate any soup, puree, or okroshka. Exclude for a while fatty foods, fried potatoes, smoked meats – they can irritate the stomach.
Pay attention to foods that have a lot of water and do not forget about fresh vegetables and fruits.
It happens that during a hangover it feels like a lump in the throat and no food comes in. This is normal. Someone even suffers from a gag reflex at the sight of any cutlet or festive Olivier. In this case, consume more liquid: green tea, mineral water, tomato juice, kvass, strong coffee or cucumber pickle.
Cucumber pickle is a traditional hangover drink.Photo: flickr.com/ dierken
To quench your thirst after the holiday, you can use regular lemonade, which you can make yourself. To do this, you need a couple of lemons and clean water. Squeeze the juice of the lemons into a glass and dilute with cold water. Done!
Such a remedy can be made in a large jar and treated to guests who stayed with you after the feast.
Water with sugar is another way to get yourself on your feet after the New Year.It quickly relieves unpleasant abdominal cramps. In this case, discomfort in the intestines can be reduced by fermented milk products – yogurt, kefir.
Remember that when you consume a large amount of any liquid, minerals are removed from the body, so do not forget to use vitamins on holidays.
Replenishment of the body with vitamins is especially necessary in case of improper or unbalanced nutrition. Photo: ecohome-market
Sauerkraut and tomato juice
Many are accustomed to drinking cucumber pickle on the morning of January 1.If it is not in the refrigerator, but there is sauerkraut on the shelf – get it out! A cocktail of cabbage and tomato juice helps in relieving hangover. The drink not only quenches thirst, but also relieves headaches.
90,000 Hangovers: How to Cure and Prevent
Often, by tradition, the main holidays of the year are accompanied by alcoholic libations and euphoria from noisy fun. But the main substance of any alcoholic beverage and the worst enemy of the body, ethyl alcohol, is insidious.So, the morning after the holiday may not be as fun as the holiday itself. Therefore, in the article we talk about what to do to avoid a hangover, or at least minimize the consequences.
The effect of alcohol on the body
Alcohol quickly enters the human bloodstream, sticking together red blood cells and provoking the formation of blood clots. The stomach absorbs about 90% of the total alcohol consumed.
Most of all, when drinking alcohol, the brain, liver and gastrointestinal tract are affected.Under the influence of alcohol, the cells of the tissues of these organs and systems die.
Hangover (withdrawal) syndrome occurs after drinking too much alcohol. It can be dangerous and fatal.
The main source of a hangover is acetaldehyde, which is formed in the human body due to the conversion of ethyl alcohol. A hangover, in other words, is the poisoning of the body with the decay products of ethyl alcohol.
Due to the improper elimination of this syndrome, many turn the treatment of this ailment into a binge. Even a small dose of alcoholic beverages, used to reduce the intensity of the hangover syndrome, relieves a person’s condition only for a short time. Treatment with additional doses of alcohol can be dangerous to your health, can make you feel worse, and the hangover syndrome will last much longer. So it is better to stick to traditional methods of treatment. You can get drunk with brine or tomato juice.
Causes of a hangover
There are many reasons for a hangover. Here are just a few of them:
Loss of fluid. Drinking alcohol is accompanied by frequent urge to urinate, intense sweating, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Because of this, there is a loss of fluid and electrolytes from the body, which is a consequence of weakness, thirst and dizziness.
Inflammatory processes.Alcohol contributes to the rapid onset of inflammatory processes in the stomach and intestines, as it destroys the cells of the mucous membrane, which leads to pain, nausea and vomiting. This is especially dangerous for people with gastrointestinal problems.
Loss of vitamins and minerals. Alcoholic drinks, even containing fruits and other supposedly natural ingredients, contribute to the rapid removal of useful vitamins and elements from the body.In this regard, a feeling of fatigue quickly sets in, and a decrease in blood sugar levels leads to impaired memory and concentration, distraction, which accompanies the state of intoxication.
The lack of phases of REM sleep and the failure of this process in general. Wrong sleep is a direct path to morning hangover. Thus, upon awakening, it is difficult for a person to remember the events that happened the day before. Naturally, there can be no talk of any vigor and freshness upon awakening.Only fatigue and irritability.
One of the clearest reasons for a hangover is disruption of the brain and vasodilation.
The most obvious symptoms of withdrawal symptoms are headache, nausea and vomiting, intense thirst, tremors, lack of appetite, and low mood. If you do not try to treat the hangover with alcohol, then usually the symptoms disappear within 24 hours.In some cases, with individual characteristics of the body, it takes up to 2 days for the body to return to normal and recover. It is worth knowing that the symptoms of a hangover are aimed at one thing – the earliest possible disposal of the decay products of ethanol. This includes increased sweating and the smell of fumes, which is the result of the lungs’ work to remove waste products.
Possible complications of a hangover
Even a mild hangover can lead to consequences for the body.A deep hangover is fraught with more serious consequences, including death. Alcohol primarily hits the heart and liver. Mental health is no less vulnerable. The manifestation of panic attacks and even hallucinations is possible.
How to get rid of a hangover
The first cure for a hangover is liquid. It is important to drink a lot and often. But not all liquids can be consumed. Naturally, even light alcoholic beverages must be completely excluded.It is also worth giving up carbonated ones. It is best to drink tomato or pomegranate juice and plain water throughout the day. Water will help to quickly fill up the missing fluid in the body, and natural juices will restore the balance of vitamins.
You also need to eat sauerkraut, drink brine and salty liquids. This will help maintain electrolyte balance. As soon as he returns to normal, life will become much easier.
Pain reliever is recommended.Today in pharmacies you can buy special products in the form of a powder. Antispasmodics help relieve vascular spasms that have been hit by alcohol. NSAIDs, for example, thin the blood, which circulates more easily through the vessels and veins.
There is a must, even if there is no appetite. It is best to add liquid broths to the diet, which have enveloping properties. It is valuable for damaged mucous membranes. And also no plentiful food so that you can relieve the load from the digestive tract.
Prevention of a hangover
Naturally, the best way to avoid withdrawal symptoms is to stop drinking alcohol.This is the only option that guarantees the absence of unpleasant sensations in the morning.
Before you start drinking alcohol, it is important to make sure your stomach is full enough. This promotes slower absorption of alcohol.
Alcohol must be eaten and in no case drink it on an empty stomach. Be sure to drink plenty of water before going to bed.This will avoid a lot of fluid loss.
Alcoholic drinks that are dark in color or contain a lot of impurities most often contribute to a stronger hangover in the morning. Such products contain a lot of fusel oils, thanks to which the drink gets a certain color and smell. Because of this, withdrawal symptoms occur.
You cannot mix different types of alcoholic beverages that differ in production technology.For example, you should not drink vodka and wash it down with champagne. This can ruin your whole holiday and the whole next day. Since there will be a tough hangover.
Hangover or withdrawal symptoms are almost always the result of having fun with alcoholic beverages. But if you correctly approach the consumption of alcohol on the eve and the treatment of a hangover when it occurs, you can get rid of the ailment by taking sorbents before and after libation.
How to relieve hangover syndrome – Brick Drug Center
Poor health that comes a few hours after drinking alcohol – doctors gave this state the name “hangover syndrome”.Its consequences can be dangerous, even fatal, therefore it is important to support the body in the fight against intoxication. Specialists of the drug treatment center “Brick” will help you get out of the binge, get rid of the symptoms of hangover.
Signs that your body is poisoned with alcohol may include:
- severe headache that is throbbing in nature;
- thirst, dry mouth, bouts of heartburn;
- heart palpitations;
- increased urine output, impaired urination;
- heightened perception of events happening around;
- increased irritability;
- redness of the eyes, increased sensitivity to light, noise;
- Lack of appetite.
A hangover can cause an adrenaline rush, a state where you feel guilty about having done something inappropriate the day before. Alcohol coding will help to cope with the addiction.
The Hangover: Why Does
Once in the body, alcohol turns into substances that, being poison, cause irreparable harm to health. As a result, dehydration occurs, metabolism and sleep are disturbed.
Dehydration with a hangover occurs due to a violation of the blood circulation process, its pathological distribution is observed, which leads to this condition, although there is enough fluid in the body, and in some cases a lot, which is manifested by edema, a person swells.
Disturbed metabolism is caused by toxins, to combat which the body spends a large amount of microelements and vitamins. The very next day after drinking alcohol, there is a lack of them, which causes nausea, rapid breathing. Alcohol abuse is bad for the human body. If a person cannot cope with the addiction on his own, the specialists of the drug addiction clinic “Brick” will provide support in the treatment of alcoholism.
How to get rid of a hangover
One of the properties of ethanol is a diuretic effect.Drinking alcohol promotes the elimination of fluids from the body, which, due to lack of water, very slowly gets rid of toxins. As a result, the hangover lasts a very long time. Drinking plenty of fluids will help prevent this. Water should be drunk in sufficient quantity, in small sips. An effective remedy in the fight against hangover syndrome is tea with honey. While there is no scientific evidence that honey will definitely help, it has medicinal properties that are effective in combating the effects of alcohol consumption.Add kefir to the diet, it restores the work of the digestive tract and improves the general condition. It is worth giving up the use of brine, because of the high concentration of salt, it will retain water in the body, which will lead to the appearance of puffiness.
One of the ways to get rid of a hangover is to sleep well. Get a good night’s sleep. If there is no opportunity to rest, a contrast shower will help in the fight against hangover. Warm water should be replaced by cool, and so on until it becomes cold.After taking water procedures, you need to rub yourself with a towel and relax. If you have enough time, a warm bath with a few drops of lavender oil can be an effective detoxifier.
If you have headaches and are trying not to use pain relievers, a cold compress applied to your forehead for a few minutes is an effective remedy to relieve pain. It is important here not to bring yourself to hypothermia.
Open windows, fill the room with fresh air.Walking along the alleys of the park near the house will also be effective in combating hangover symptoms.
Breakfast, even if you don’t feel like eating in the morning, it is important not to give it up. However, the composition of the breakfast for a hangover should be different from the standard one. In the morning, it is better to drink a cup of strong meat broth with fresh herbs, cook scrambled eggs. Fresh fruits and vegetables are effective in helping the body get rid of toxins.
Sports activities. If time permits, take a contrast shower, go in for sports.Exercise, by stimulating blood circulation, can help you quickly cope with a hangover. The main thing is not to overdo it. It is enough to limit yourself to brisk walking or jogging.
None of the above methods to cope with a hangover work? Modern medicines will help to cope with alcohol poisoning. Activated charcoal or enterosgel should be taken before bedtime and repeated in the morning.
90,000 What can you drink at home for a hangover?
All people who have previously drunk large amounts of alcohol face the hangover syndrome.As a rule, symptoms of a hangover are pain in the head area, a person is periodically thrown into a fever, nausea and chills, one feels severe weakness and high blood pressure, and is thirsty.
There are people who in this state are unable to even get out of bed. They are very unwell.
In our article we will talk about the hangover syndrome, as well as how to get rid of a hangover at home, what to drink from a hangover.
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How to remove a hangover: factors and causes
With a severe hangover, a person experiences nausea due to a deficiency of vitamins in the body, which are responsible for the functioning of the digestive system and other systems.The cause of headaches is vasodilation in the brain.
It is worth noting that a severe hangover affects people in different ways. Some tolerate it quite well, and some are so exhausted that they are not able to get out of their own bed. As for the question of how to remove a hangover syndrome at home, there can be no definite answer, since the approach must be individual, based on the ongoing symptoms.
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Factors of hangover syndrome
- Brain dysfunction due to the breakdown of alcohol in the body into acetalhyd and other components.Pronounced stimuli, such as loud noises and bright lights, are extremely unpleasant. Against the background of a high blood alcohol content, adrenaline melancholy develops in the body, which causes the appearance of unreasonable feelings of shame and guilt.
- Dehydration . The fluid entering the body is not properly distributed over it, as a result of which dehydration occurs. The liquid drunk can actively accumulate in the face area, as a result of which we quite often observe bags under the eyes and puffiness on the face.
- Poisoning of the body with poisonous substances , which are formed as a result of the breakdown of drunk alcohol. The most harmful alcoholic beverages include: rum, whiskey, tequila, as well as other drinks that have been obtained by distillation. Such drinks in their composition contain various impurities that must be additionally digested by the liver.
How to treat a hangover at home? Medications
If a person drank a lot of alcohol in the evening, then in the morning he will most likely feel a hangover, the symptoms of which must be stopped at home using medications.What do they drink with a hangover? If there are no special preparations in the home medicine cabinet, then we recommend that you drink the medicine Citramon after meals, or dissolve the Aspirin tablet in water.
How to relieve a hangover at home? The list of drugs that can stop hangover symptoms at home:
- To relieve your health and remove all harmful substances from the body, as well as normalize the activity of the digestive system, drink a drug called Zenalk .The medicine contains natural ingredients: dates, andrographis, chicory and grapes.
- Get rid of hangover symptoms by enhancing immunity and eliminating toxins, tablets of succinic acid will allow.
- To quickly remove the symptoms of the syndrome, it is recommended to cleanse the body of harmful substances. It is worth taking care of this in advance and already during the feast you need to drink Antipohmelin .
- Alcohol waste is greatly facilitated by bison – a component that contains succinic acid that destroys alcohol poisons.But it is worth noting that if a person suffers from nausea, a headache and is tormented by thirst, then taking the drug will not bring the desired result.
- Preparation Zorex or activated carbon for a hangover allows you to neutralize alcohol and removes harmful substances, toxins and toxins.
- In the morning with a hangover, to relieve headaches, it is recommended to drink Alka-Prim . The drug contains citric acid, soda, aspirin and glycine, which promotes the regeneration of nerve cells.
- To get rid of a headache in the morning and restore the acid-base balance in the body, it is recommended to drink Alkoselzer . The composition of this drug is identical to the above, with the exception of glycine.
- In case of “waste” it is necessary to treat the liver and restore its performance with the help of the drug Alco-Buffer, which contains natural ingredients.
How to remove a hangover quickly at home?
How to remove a hangover? To get a person out of this state, first of all, it is necessary to eliminate all toxic substances from his body, and to improve the functioning of the liver, it is recommended to drink drugs called No-Shpa or other sorbents.Activated carbon or Polyphepan are excellent sorbents.
To prevent hangover, you need to drink one Aspirin tablet, several No-Shpy tablets and the required amount of activated carbon before going to bed after a feast. Thanks to the above manipulations, you will be able to prevent the manifestation of a morning hangover.
If you prefer the white corner, then it will be enough to drink one or two tablets, as for the activated charcoal we are used to, then you will need to take one tablet for every 10 kilograms of body weight.
What to do if you have a hangover? Folk recipes
To quickly get rid of a hangover in the morning at home, the following folk methods will help:
- How to quickly remove a hangover? If you want to quickly cure a hangover, then we strongly recommend that you consume a large amount of fermented milk products. For example, drink a whole glass of kefir, yogurt or fermented baked milk. Lactic acid promotes the activation of metabolic processes in the body, which entails an active process of removing toxins and toxins.But why exactly fermented milk products have such a positive effect on the body in such situations? Fermented milk products contain minerals, vitamins and proteins that ensure the normal course of metabolism. Thanks to these products, the activity of the organs of the gastrointestinal tract improves and strength is restored. It is also worth mentioning that it would be advisable to add chopped oatmeal, cabbage juice, peppermint leaves, natural lemon juice or mineral water with gases to kefir.
- How not to get sick with a hangover? When fighting a hangover, it is recommended to drink brine, since its composition allows the body to replenish the loss of potassium and magnesium, as well as ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The brine also contains succinic acid, which perfectly supports the human body during intoxication. It is best to drink a pickle made from sauerkraut.
- How to treat a hangover? It is recommended to drink anti-hangover soup after any celebration. It is recommended to make it in the following way (for 2 servings): one glass of chopped chicken breast, a quarter of a teaspoon of various spices, 0.2 kg of vegetables, a quarter of a glass of onions and noodles.We mix all the ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for at least 10 minutes over the fire. If the appetite is “brutal”, then you can still cook green cabbage soup, pickle or hodgepodge.
- In case of severe alcohol poisoning, it is recommended to make a honey drink. Natural honey contains a high concentration of trace elements and vitamins, which have a positive effect on the activity of metabolism, and also activate the production of redox enzymes.
- Homemade kvass will not harm with a morning hangover.The usefulness of homemade kvass lies in the fact that it contains a fairly high concentration of lactic acid and thiamine, which contribute to the digestion of under-oxidized alcohol decomposition products. Homemade natural kvass normalizes the vital functions of the body, and also increases energy. But it should be noted that this drink is not recommended to be consumed in parallel with products containing citric and succinic acid.
- To gently cleanse the body on the day of a hangover, it is recommended to drink serum.This product contributes not only to the elimination of toxins and toxins from the body, but also normalizes the activity of the kidneys and liver, eliminates dryness in the oral cavity, saturates the body with useful substances and stimulates blood circulation. The drink can be consumed before meals.
- To remove toxins, poisons and fats from the body, it is recommended to drink a glass of Coca-Cola. This is due to the fact that the drink contains a high concentration of sugar, which, when it enters the body, replenishes blood glucose.This drink not only cools, but also tones the body. In case of a hangover, the permissible amount of the drink drunk is no more than one liter.
- It is recommended to drink an anti-hangover cocktail the morning after the meal. To do this, mix half a glass of orange juice and yogurt, add a few tablespoons of ginger root juice and 45 grams of lemon juice. It will be useful to add a mint leaf to the resulting cocktail.
How to avoid hangover?
To prevent a morning hangover, we strongly recommend that you listen to all of the following tips:
- If you yourself feel that you have drunk more than you should, then you need to induce vomiting before going to bed.An empty stomach will sober up well and will not prevent a hangover.
- Try to eat alcoholic drinks with sour or fatty foods. The next morning your stomach will thank you for this!
- It is strongly recommended that alcohol not be ingested on an empty stomach. If you come to the feast hungry, then first have a little snack, and only then grab a glass or glass.
- During the holidays, it is strongly recommended not only to eat and drink, but also to dance and move a lot.Active movement will quickly remove alcohol from the body.
- It is possible to stir alcohol only by gradually increasing the degree, but in no case vice versa. For example, beer is vodka, but not vodka is beer.
- Red wine contributes to headaches, so it should not be overused for recurrent migraines.
- We strongly recommend that you do not mix different types of alcohol. There is no need to mix wine with beer or vodka with cognac.
- Before going on a visit, take a few pills of a drug called Festal. Its action will facilitate the absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, as a result of which you will be able to avoid excessive intoxication.
- Try to say NO to your bad habits, such as smoking. By combining alcohol with smoking, you yourself aggravate your morning situation.
- Drink alcoholic beverages with regular natural juice or water.
- If you drink a lot, then you need to eat a lot.A large amount of food entering the body does not allow alcohol to stay in the body for a long time.
- It is highly recommended to sleep in a well-ventilated area at night after the holiday, preferably with open windows.
Summing up all of the above, I would like to say that if you adhere to all of the above recommendations, you will be able not only to alleviate your fate, but also to avoid the hangover syndrome and the next morning you will be like a cucumber!
Head, no pain! How to treat a hangover at home
The January holidays are a time when the coming of the new year has to be celebrated several times – with colleagues, friends, relatives.And, of course, it is not complete without champagne, mulled wine or something stronger. Someone can miss a glass, and someone can “take on the chest” and much more, and then suffer from a hangover.
How to protect yourself from this? Catch a selection of “MK in Pskov” – the simplest homemade recipes to get rid of a hangover.
The proposed tips will help you quickly forget about the amount of drink and enter the New Year 2020 with a fresh head and full of energy for active work and relaxation.
There are several tricks on the eve of the holiday , using which you can relieve hangover.
What to do BEFORE the feast
So, getting ready for the festive evening, you need to get a good night’s sleep. Severe fatigue can make it difficult for the body to resist the harmful effects of alcohol. Therefore, you need to plan the time in such a way that there are enough hours left for a sound sleep, or even better, take a relaxing bath before that.
One more “working” advice – before a feast you should definitely have a snack, and it is good if the food is fatty – for example, a sandwich with butter, meat soup or mackerel. Fat coats the walls of the stomach, preventing alcohol from absorbing into the blood. A good effect from carbohydrate food – a slice of pizza or a portion of pasta will help you more easily survive subsequent alcoholic libations.
Before visiting guests, you can drink activated charcoal at the rate of 1 tablet per 10 kg of weight.This will help to strengthen the body’s resistance.
What to do DURING a feast
At the table, you can also apply several life hacks to feel cheerful even after heavy libations. The basic rule is not to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Once in an empty stomach, alcohol is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, and intoxication occurs much faster.
- Alternate with water. Since alcohol is a diuretic, it instantly dehydrates the body, which causes discomfort in the morning.
- Do not mix alcohol. Carbonated drinks enhance its effect, energy drinks, which they like to use for cocktails, can seriously hit the heart. You cannot mix drinks of different strengths.
- Many smokers like to combine two bad habits. Not worth it, in the morning the body will definitely not say “thank you” for this.
Avoid sweet drinks: choose brut from champagne, dry from wines.Since it is impossible to drink and not get drunk, mixing sugar with alcohol-containing products, do not eat sweets.
What to do the NORTH after the meal
If, after all, it turned out that the party took place with excessive libations, and the next morning the head just breaks, then there are several sure ways to treat a hangover and relieve hangover syndrome.
Of course, the most common way to improve your body condition is to drink brine.It can be cucumber, tomato or cabbage. But you should not get carried away with the brine, otherwise the puffiness will only intensify. The recommended daily volume of brine is 250 ml.
Another simple tip is to make a tomato shake.
This will require another raw egg yolk and a pinch of ground pepper. Mix all ingredients and drink in one gulp. Not the most pleasant drink, but, as they say, health requires sacrifice.
Remember that tomato juice is contraindicated for gastrointestinal diseases and allergies to red foods!
Fermented milk products such as kefir, natural yoghurt, tan and ayran are very refreshing.They contain lactic acid, which helps speed up the processing and elimination of alcohol breakdown products from the body.
It is recommended to drink fermented milk products on an empty stomach in small sips, while the daily dosage should not exceed 600 ml.
Another simple “anti-hangover” that will help cure a hangover can be made with lemon, baking soda, sugar and mineral soda.
You need to squeeze the juice of 1 lemon, add 2/3 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tbsp.spoon of sugar and slowly add 200 ml of mineral water.
But not only drinks, but also certain foods will help reduce hangover symptoms.
You can eat banana, honey, oatmeal, tomatoes, boiled eggs, pickles, jellied meat and aspic. The main thing is not to eat it all at the same time!
A fatty meal will be a mistake, since such food will overload an already irritated stomach. It is recommended to refrain from coffee, which can further dehydrate the body.Avoid citrus fruits for a hangover. They irritate the stomach lining, which must, on the contrary, be restored.
People with gastrointestinal diseases and other health problems should consult a doctor before use.
These simple tricks will help you get through the New Years. Do not get sick and take care of yourself. We remind you that alcohol is bad for your health!
90,000 How to remove a hangover at home?
First, let’s find out what NOT to do with a hangover:
1.Drink alcoholic beverages. We like to knock out a wedge with a wedge. If alcohol is the cause of the terrible condition, then another portion is needed. Indeed, after a bottle of beer or 100 g of vodka it becomes easier, but you risk closing the circle. The treatment of a hangover with alcoholic drinks gradually turns into a new feast, and the next day the head hurts again. This is how the binge begins with all the ensuing consequences.
2. Take a bath or go to the bathhouse. Alcohol intoxication makes the heart work with increased stress.High temperature creates additional problems for the cardiovascular system.
3. Drink coffee and hot tea. Coffee increases heart rate and dry mouth. In turn, tea causes fermentation in the stomach, increasing intoxication. If you have a hangover, it is better to refuse these drinks.
HOW CAN a hangover be treated:
1. Sleep well. Sleep is the best hangover cure. You need to sleep until the feeling of sleepiness leaves you. Only in a dream does the body actively fight alcohol intoxication.
2. Drink a lot of mineral water, compotes and natural juices. These drinks prevent dehydration and restore the vitamin and mineral balance of the body. A cucumber pickle rich in minerals and salts is also suitable.
3. Take a light shower. Summer temperature water washes away toxins from the skin, which are released along with sweat drops. The skin becomes clearer and better absorbs oxygen, allowing the person to recover from the hangover faster.
4. Drink a few tablets of activated charcoal.With a hangover, activated charcoal should always be drunk. It neutralizes the action of toxic substances, preventing further poisoning of the body.
5. Take an aspirin tablet. It is recommended if the head hurts from a hangover and there are no stomach problems.
6. Eat borsch, soup or scrambled eggs. Soups and borscht are rich in vitamins, and scrambled eggs are rich in protein and amino acids. All these substances are necessary for the normal functioning of the liver – the natural filter of our body.
7.Get some fresh air. At least open the window. Better yet, go for a walk in the park. Ventilation of the lungs helps to improve metabolic processes and removes the unpleasant smell of alcohol from the mouth. But if you want to sleep, then it’s better to stay at home.
All these methods only stimulate the normal functioning of the body, but none of them will help you quickly get out of a hangover, as this takes time.
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