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8 Best Hangover Cures for Headache, Nausea, More
Ask 10 people how they cure a hangover, and you’ll likely get 10 different answers.
Some go for greasy food and hair of the dog; others swig Pedialyte or Gatorade; and a motivated few hit the gym to sweat it out. But do any of these hangover remedies actually work?
Probably not, says Dr. Ed Boyer, a medical toxicologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “I don’t think anybody can really tell you with a great degree of honesty what causes a hangover,” he says, adding that theories run the gamut from dehydration to electrolyte imbalance to a buildup of alcohol byproducts. “The bottom line is nobody knows for sure what causes it, so we don’t have a good cure.”
“Nothing treats the entire hangover,” agrees Dr. David Aizenberg, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Penn Medicine. Hangovers affect nearly every organ system in your body, from your gastrointestinal tract to your brain to your heart. So there’s no “magic cure where one remedy will get rid of every single hangover symptom,” Aizenberg says. (Except, of course, drinking in moderation to avoid a hangover in the first place.)
That said, Aizenberg says certain remedies may improve certain symptoms. Here are the hangover cures that might have you feeling better, and the ones that are just myths.
Drinking water before bed
Hydration can reduce dehydration and the resulting headaches and dizziness, Aizenberg says, but doctors aren’t sure whether chugging water before bed will make any difference in the morning.
That’s because heavy drinking throws off the body’s levels of antidiuretic hormone, which typically regulates your water balance.
“That’s why a lot of people pee a lot when they’re drinking, because that regulatory system is going haywire,” Aizenberg explains. “It’s unclear whether [having water] after drinking, before drinking or when people have a hangover” is the best strategy, he says.
Drinking Pedialyte or Gatorade
Pedialyte has a cult following for its alleged hangover-busting abilities, and while it may reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and dehydration, Aizenberg says it’s not any different from other electrolyte-rich beverages, which help the body recoup lost nutrients such as calcium, potassium and sodium.
“There’s no magic about Pedialyte. It’s just all the electrolytes that potentially were lost during and after the drinking period,” Aizenberg says.
Gatorade, which also contains electrolytes, likely does the same thing, though Aizenberg recommends watering it down since it’s high in sugar.
Sweating it out
Exercise may make you feel better, Boyer says, simply “because you’re out doing something.”
While that may be true, Aizenberg urges drinkers to remember that coordination, higher-level thinking and other key processes are thrown off by a hangover — so use caution if you decide to exercise, or complete other physically or mentally taxing tasks, the day after a bender.
Hair of the dog
If a Bloody Mary at brunch has you feeling better, Aizenberg says that may be a red flag.
“We consider that a sign of addiction,” he says. “Some people say it does make them feel better, but if that’s the case, there could be a little bit of actual alcohol withdrawal going on.”
Eating greasy food
Greasy food won’t “soak up” alcohol, Aizenberg says, but it might help you feel better.
“By the time people are eating their greasy foods, none of the actual alcohol is left in the body; it’s all of the byproducts that are in the blood,” he says. Still, Aizenberg says getting something in your stomach may ease nausea and vomiting.
But healthy food, he notes, would work just as well, and quite possibly even better. “If the stomach is irritated, eating more bland foods that aren’t going to cause a lot of acid reflux would actually be better,” Aizenberg says.
Using IV bags
A number of startups now offer on-demand IV services that promise to bust hangover symptoms ranging from headaches to upset stomaches. But Aizenberg says to think twice before forking over the cash for your own personal fluid drip.
“I have no idea if it makes people feel better faster,” Aizenberg says. “It’s not all that comfortable to have an IV. It can bruise you up and you’re paying all that money. There’s also an IV fluid shortage because of the hurricanes, so these are precious resources I would hate to waste on that type of thing.”
Taking painkillers before bed
Some people swear they can prevent headaches by popping a few Advil before they drift off to sleep — but since ibuprofen only lasts four to six hours, Aizenberg says its painkilling effects likely won’t last until you wake up. Plus, the pills can make acid reflux worse, he says.
Consuming red ginseng
Recent research has shown that red ginseng, a root native to Korea, can clear alcohol byproducts from the blood, though Aizenberg says it’s less clear exactly what that means for your hangover symptoms.
The bottom line
Prevention, by way of drinking responsibly, is the only way to truly “treat” a hangover. While some strategies may help with isolated symptoms including nausea, vomiting and headaches, a breakfast sandwich or bottle of Gatorade isn’t going to wipe out a hangover entirely — and you may have the placebo effect to thank for any relief you do feel, Boyer says. As long as your preferred concoction is safe, though, that’s likely not a problem.
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How to Cure a Hangover
Drinking alcohol to the point of intoxication may lead to a hangover. While drinking modestly or not at all are the best ways to prevent a hangover, after one begins, there are steps you can take to minimize the symptoms and ease your discomfort.
There is no true “cure” for a hangover—other than time—but there are remedies that can offer you relief. However, some of the widely used, traditional hangover remedies do little to relieve symptoms, and some of them can actually make the situation worse.
Helpful Hangover Remedies
Your hangover symptoms should naturally subside between 24 to 72 hours after consuming alcohol—though the exact amount of time will depend on how much alcohol you consumed and other individual factors. While you can’t make your body metabolize alcohol faster, there are remedies that will help you feel better while you wait.
Water or Sports Drinks
Alcohol has a diuretic effect, meaning it increases your body’s urine production. Excess alcohol can also cause vomiting and diarrhea, which worsen your body’s water loss. This can cause dehydration and, in turn, may lead to some of the most uncomfortable symptoms associated with hangovers like headaches, dizziness, and lightheadedness.
The quickest way to relieve those symptoms is to rehydrate by drinking lots of water. Some people may also turn to sports drinks like Gatorade to replace electrolytes. While there’s no evidence that these drinks will reduce the duration or severity of your hangover, they can help you rehydrate.
Aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) may reduce a hangover-induced headache and muscle pain. However, they should not be used if you are experiencing abdominal pain or nausea. These medications, called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are gastric irritants and can compound gastrointestinal symptoms.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) should not be taken during a hangover. Alcohol can increase the toxicity of this medication and cause serious harm to your liver as a result.
If you’re experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms during your hangover, like nausea or indigestion, antacids may help.
Eating a healthy meal may help you combat some hangover symptoms. Alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, which can lead to symptoms like sweating, fatigue, and shakiness. Eating a fiber-rich breakfast may help you correct your blood sugar levels (and could improve your mood as well).
If you can’t handle the idea of eating anything solid while experiencing severe hangover symptoms, try some bouillon soup. It also can help replace salt and potassium lost during a drinking binge.
There is some evidence that vitamin B3 (also called niacin) and zinc may reduce the severity of hangovers. While it isn’t clear whether these nutrients will impact a hangover that’s already in progress, eating a diet rich in vitamin B3 and zinc may be associated with fewer, less intense hangovers.
Even though alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, it ultimately disrupts your ability to get a good night’s rest. If you’re able, try to get extra rest during your hangover. Consider waking up briefly to drink extra water or have a snack before heading back to bed. Sleep may also reduce some of your discomfort and help you wait out your symptoms.
Hangover Remedies to Avoid
While there are several common myths about how to cure a hangover, none of these have scientific support. Some may even be harmful to your health.
The Hair of the Dog
The practice of having a drink the next morning to ward off the effects of a hangover doesn’t work in the long run, contrary to popular belief. It may lessen the symptoms in the short term, but giving the liver more alcohol to metabolize will only increase your discomfort later and lengthen the amount of time you have to wait until your hangover ends.
Additionally, getting into the habit of having a morning-after drink may lead to more alcohol consumption and can contribute to eventual alcohol dependence.
Coffee may relieve the feeling of fatigue associated with a hangover and help alleviate the headache symptoms by constricting blood vessels, but that relief is only temporary and the symptoms will return. Coffee also acts as a diuretic, which means it further dehydrates the body.
Pain Relievers Before Bed
Taking preemptive pain relievers before going to sleep may seem to make sense, but this approach to hangover prevention fails for two reasons:
- The effects of the pain reliever will usually wear off before the onset of hangover symptoms. It would be better to take the medication after your symptoms begin.
- Your liver metabolizes many over-the-counter pain medicines, including NSAIDs and acetaminophen. This puts stress on your liver while it’s already metabolizing alcohol and, in the case of acetaminophen, it is potentially dangerous.
Fried or Greasy Foods
If you eat fatty foods before drinking, the oils can coat your stomach lining and slow down the absorption of alcohol. This can help reduce the severity of a hangover. However, eating greasy food the morning after a drinking bout won’t impact your hangover, and it may even add to your gastrointestinal problems by irritating the stomach and intestines.
Activated charcoal (also called activated carbon) can act as a filter in the body, and it’s often used to treat some types of poisonings and overdoses. While it may seem logical that the carbon found on burnt toast might act the same way, it’s not the same material.
Activated charcoal is processed in a specific way to increase its ability to absorb toxins; however, the carbon found on burnt toast is not processed in the same manner, and it contains other compounds. Additionally, activated charcoal may not be effective at absorbing alcohol after your body has already begun metabolizing it. In fact, over-the-counter products sold as hangover cures that contain activated charcoal are intended to be taken before drinking, not after the hangover begins.
A Word From Verywell
Drinking as much water as possible while you’re consuming alcohol and before you go to bed will relieve a great deal of the hangover symptoms caused by dehydration. While there is no cure-all treatment for a hangover, you can increase your comfort by treating your individual symptoms while you wait for the hangover to end.
What’s the Difference Between a Hangover & Alcohol Poisoning?
Going out for a night on the town isn’t unusual. Friends go out with friends to have some beers, maybe a few mixed drinks, or perhaps something stronger than that.
Time passes, and suddenly, six hours have passed. That one friend that had a few beers has gone from a few, to an entire case of beers.
Friends say that he passed out and it’s expected that he’ll just sleep off the alcohol and feel fine the next morning, but is that really the case?
Hangover vs. Alcohol Poisoning
A lot of the symptoms of both hangovers and alcohol poisoning are relatively similar, but alcohol poisoning is much worse and also more dangerous.
Hangovers are unpleasant at the very least, but alcohol poisoning can be fatal if it isn’t caught in time.
Alcohol poisoning deaths average about six fatalities every single day for a total of over two thousand alcohol poisoning deaths every year in the United States alone.
What are the Symptoms of a Hangover?
Hangovers are caused by a variety of reasons that usually include:
- Dehydration due to excessive urination
- Decrease in blood sugar levels
- Expansion of blood vessels that can cause headaches
- Irritation of the stomach lining from alcohol
- Alcohol-induced Inflammation
A typical hangover has several well-known symptoms that are unavoidable if too much alcohol is consumed.
Headaches are extremely common hangover symptoms, as are general feelings of nausea. People experiencing a hangover are probably also going to be bothered by bright light and loud noise.
Other common symptoms of a hangover include:
- Irritability, anxiety or feeling depressed
- Difficult time keeping mental focus or attention span
- Feelings of being weak and tired
- Muscle pains
- Lack of appetite due to nausea
- Stomach ache or vomiting
- Dizzy feelings
- Trembling or shaking hands
- Increased heart rate
- Intense thirst
Some people have a tendency to eat greasy food like burgers and fries thinking it will soak up the remaining alcohol in the system. This usually makes matters worse shortly after eating when the body crashes.
Having a hangover can certainly be a nuisance, but the symptoms will eventually pass within a day or so.
5 Ways to Deal With a Hangover
When someone has a hangover, that person can generally function the next day, albeit a little less than usual.
1. Hydrate With Water or Other Fluids
Because dehydration is a major trigger, the most important way to deal with a hangover is to rehydrate.
Water is the always best the best option, and plenty of it, because the body soaks it up quickly and it doesn’t contain sugar to alter blood sugar levels. Sometimes Gatorade or other fluids with electrolytes and sodium can be helpful.
2. Get Some Sleep
Despite what most people think, drinking alcohol does not allow the brain to have proper REM cycles and any sleep that occurs after a night out on the town is not restful or rejuvenating.
If it’s the weekend, it’s best to write off the day and sleep it off, after drinking plenty of water and eating healthy food first.
3. Get Caffeine From Coffee or Tea
If a hangover occurs during the week and it’s not possible to sleep it off because work or school is calling, caffeine will offer a pick me up to get over that sluggish feeling to at least get through the day.
Coffee or black tea are good, strong choices.
4. Eat Proper Foods
Blood sugar levels go crazy after a night of drinking and most people experiences a headache, so give the brain proper fuel with carbs like whole grain bread or toast and whole fruit or juices like carrot or tomato.
Bananas, sweet potatoes, yogurt, and beans are good choices because they’re all high in potassium.
5. Take Over the Counter Pain Medication
Dulling the pain of a headache usually helps to get over the worst part of a hangover and Ibuprofen like Advil or Motrin work the best and are probably the safest.
If those aren’t available, try an aspirin, although it might add to the agitation of an already upset stomach.
Avoid anything with acetaminophen like Tylenol because it isn’t good for the liver and might compound the affects of the alcohol.
What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning?
Alcohol poisoning is way more intense than the average hangover. It can also happen faster than a hangover – so fast that it often appears while the drinking is still happening.
It’s critical to be able to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning symptoms as quickly as possible and get medical help immediately.
Common symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
- Severe confusion
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Breathing irregularities such as a cyclical pause in breathing followed by normal breathing
- Lowered body temperature or loss of warmth, known as hypothermia
- Increased heart rate
- Drop in blood pressure
- Vomiting continuously
- Pale skin or blue lips or fingers
- Falling unconscious and not waking up
Some alcohol poisoning symptoms slightly resemble those of being intoxicated. If a person turns blue and becomes unconscious to the point that they do not respond to any attempts to rouse or wake them, seek immediate medical help.
How to Deal with Alcohol Poisoning
If alcohol poisoning is suspected, an ambulance needs to be called immediately. The poison control center is another option, although getting early medical assistance is critical.
Individuals experiencing alcohol poisoning also should never be left in a tub or sleeping alone. Doing so is extremely dangerous because it is possible to die by choking on their own vomit.
Make sure the person is supervised until help arrives and keep them sitting upright, or lying down on their side to avoid choking on their own vomit.
Cold showers are a bad idea because with the body temperature already dropping, it will only make matters worse. A blanket or a jacket can be used to warm the person up.
Rehydration is crucial because alcohol poisoning is extremely dehydrating. Constant water intake is essential to bring someone back from the brink, even if the water is vomited. It’s imperative that they are able to drink water on their own without forcing it down their throat as they can actually drown by this method.
When calling for help or taking the person to a hospital, be prepared to provide as much information as possible about what kind of alcohol and how much the person was drinking, in addition to when they started drinking and when the symptoms began.
Never leave a person suspected of alcohol poisoning alone or unattended.
Avoiding Alcohol Poisoning
To avoid alcohol poisoning, the best thing to do is control alcohol consumption from the beginning. Drinking a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks can help prevent dehydration and slow down intoxication.
Two drink limits are a good rule of thumb so as not to overdo alcohol intake, and moderation is always the key to drinking safely and responsibly.
Eating a full meal before or during drinking is helpful in preventing a hangover the next day, but more importantly, alcohol poisoning.
Always keep an eye on how much someone has had to drink and avoid the temptation to play drinking games or binge drink.
Slurred speech and the inability to stand or sit up straight are significant clues that a person needs to stop drinking.
Sometimes alcohol poisoning occurs by an accident, such as children coming in contact with alcohol unknowingly or unintentionally. All of the same symptoms apply as they do for a person who willingly drinks to excess. For this reason, it’s important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms.
Underage Drinking and What to Do
Alcohol poisoning can happen to anyone at any age, but younger people are at a higher risk because they don’t have much experience with alcohol and they don’t know their limits or how it will affect them. They also have a higher tendency to binge drink.
Realistically, underage drinking happens. It can be scary to see someone experience alcohol poisoning, especially when it happens to people that are younger than the legal drinking age.
The health and safety of those involved are of the utmost importance regardless of age, so if it happens, calling 911 is the best course of action.
Thanks to Good Samaritan laws in most states, even if an underage individual calls to get help and that person has also been drinking, the law possibly offers some protection.
Drinking a few beers or having a couple of drinks with friends seems harmless enough, and for most people, it isn’t a problem.
Remembering not to drink too much is part of the bigger picture, and having a designated individual to watch, monitor, and pay attention can help with that.
For those with addictive tendencies or with diagnosed alcoholism, the best thing to do is to avoid alcohol altogether to prevent negative outcomes. Alcohol addiction treatment has helped many people overcome their problems with alcohol and the issues that caused them to seek it as a coping mechanism.
Above all else, for those who do drink, it’s important to know the difference between a hangover and alcohol poisoning and how to deal with each one.
18 Worst Things You Can Do For a Hangover
Many people like drinking alcohol, but nobody likes having a hangover. A hangover happens when you indulge in too much alcohol and typically the next morning, your body becomes dehydrated. Categorized by super unpleasant symptoms such as vomiting, fatigue and weakness, excessive thirst, dry mouth, headaches, muscle aches, poor or interrupted sleep, increased sensitivity to light and sound, shakiness, mood disturbances, lack of concentration, and rapid heartbeat, the Mayo Clinic says the more you drink, the more likely you are to develop a hangover the next day. And there’s a chance you’re most likely doing things to magically cure your hangover that are simply making you feel worse.
Fortunately, hangover symptoms go away on their own. If they lasted forever, nobody would probably ever drink again. (Eh, maybe.) And while many myths out there cite the wonders that solutions like coffee and showers and sleep can work, most often, the only things that really combat a hangover are water, electrolytes, and time.
Never want to feel the unpleasantness that is a hangover ever again? It’s important to know what you can do to help mitigate (or prevent!) a hangover and also know which actions exacerbate hangovers. You know, so you can avoid them at all costs.
Keep reading for 18 of the worst things to do if you have a hangover.
Wait, what?! But the first thing you do when you wake up after a crazy night on the town is reach for the pill bottle, right? That’s fine—as long as it’s not acetaminophen.
“Do not take Tylenol when you are hungover,” says Michael Betancourt, owner, operator, and manager at hydration therapy company Vida-Flo in Hoboken, New Jersey. “Acetaminophen and alcohol don’t do well together. [There’s] increased risk for liver damage and it slows the metabolism process, which will prolong the effects of alcohol overindulgence.”
In short, only rely on Tylenol if you want to feel hungover longer. And no one wants to do that, right?
Nope. Do not have a cup of coffee. In fact, avoid any drinks high in caffeine, as this could cause worsen symptoms associated with hangovers and even increase symptoms of mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.
“Stay away from caffeine,” says Betancourt. “Nausea and jitters are common side effects associated with hangovers, and caffeine will only increase this.”
“Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially when you have a hangover,” says holistic nutritionist Kyria Marie, MA, NC, CHD, RYT, founder of Kyria Health. “Eating a breakfast full of healthy fats and proteins helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.”
Believe it or not, skipping breakfast may make you feel sicker longer, especially because food and nutrients absorb alcohol.
“Consider a breakfast that includes eggs, small amounts of high-quality sausage or bacon, fruits, and vegetables,” she says. “While alcohol depletes the body of vitamins and minerals, eating a well-balanced breakfast helps to add more nutrients to the body, thereby helping to reduce the negative effects of alcohol consumption.”
Another hangover myth is allowing yourself a little hair of the dog. You know, an early morning mimosa with brunch or what’s lovingly known as The Next Day Vodka Soda. Many people believe that a little more alcohol will actually cause relief symptoms, but it’s a hangover no-no.
“Do not have more drinks after you are hungover,” says Betancourt. “You confuse your body and have the potential to introduce greater amounts of Formaldehyde—a highly toxic substance converted from Methanol, which is found in dark alcohol—to your liver and obviously, prolonging the hangover relief process.”
“You need to exercise to sweat out all those margarita toxins!” Do you have a friend that always says that? Don’t listen to her and don’t sign up for that early morning barre class with her. She is not looking out for your best interests.
“Do not try to ‘sweat it out,'” says Betancourt. “Alcohol acts as a diuretic, causing you to urinate more often, and reducing the amount of fluid retained in your body.”
This may not seem like a big deal, but exercising while you’re hungover can actually worsen dehydration.
“This causes dehydration, which 75 percent of Americans suffer from anyway, so trying to sweat it out will just exacerbate the dehydration and cause you to feel worse,” Betancourt says.
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Trust us, sleep is great but laying on the couch all day long won’t really help you feel any better.
“Don’t lay around and feel sorry for yourself,” says certified health and wellness coach and nutritionist Lynell Ross. “If you can, drink water, plain or sparkling with some fizz, eat something light, then get out and take a walk in the fresh air. Just laying there can make you feel worse. Moving around can help your blood circulation and help your body burn off some of the alcohol messing with your blood sugar.”
Take that “moving around” bit with a grain of salt though. “Moving around” could mean something as simple as a walk outside. You don’t want to intensify your symptoms of dehydration.
Fighting off sleep while you’re drunk is a sure-fire way to induce a hangover the next day. No, staying up will not cause you to sober up quicker, and it will certainly not stave off any hangover symptoms. In fact, it can make hangovers even worse.
“Do not try to stay awake. This will exacerbate the fatigue and impairment,” says Betancourt. “While REM sleep is significantly affected by alcohol, and restless will occur, sleeping nonetheless is an important step to getting through a hangover.”
Drinking water is an effective way to counteract the symptoms of dehydration when you are hungover, but Betancourt recommends looking to other fluids that are high in electrolytes, as well.
“Remember, alcohol is a diuretic, which makes you urinate frequently. You lose more than just water,” Betancourt says. “Electrolytes are lost in the urination process, [too], and thus it is extremely important to replenish these using drinks containing electrolytes!”
But that recommendation also comes with a warning: Some drinks high in electrolytes can also have high levels of added sugar. Be wary of those, as sugar does not directly affect your blood alcohol level, but it can worsen your symptoms by causing a stomach ache and a sugar rush that later results in a crash.
Aside from the negative effects that added sugar can have on your hangover, using greasy food to outrun your hangover isn’t a good idea all around.
“Stay away from greasy foods,” Betancourt says. “These types of foods would traditionally upset your stomach anyway, so if your stomach is already upset, you just compounded the two!”
Two better alternatives to greasy foods are crackers and toast. Alcohol lowers your blood sugar and disrupted sleep only lowers blood sugar levels further, so bland foods like toast and crackers can actually help boost your levels so that you feel better quicker.
“Low blood sugar is frequently associated with hangovers and low energy,” says Marie. “In addition, low blood sugar symptoms feel very similar to a hangover such as fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, mood swings, weakness, dizziness, and confusion.”
Plus, both toast and crackers can help with any nausea you may be experiencing.
While greasy foods may not be the way to go, that’s not to say that you should eat nothing. Before drinking, while drinking, and after drinking, you should be intermittently eating or snacking on something nutritious. Drinking on a full stomach can help you bounce back quicker.
“While there are many cautions to take with [which] food to eat or not eat while drinking, eating nonetheless will help reduce the alcohol absorption rate,” says Betancourt. “While you may not feel well and may not want to eat, eating will give your body a substance to replace the alcohol.”
Caffeine isn’t just present in coffee, it’s also in many energy drinks, too.
“High energy drinks are loaded with caffeine and other junk,” says Ross. “If you have a hangover, you need to be hydrated with pure water, or drinks with electrolytes or coconut water, not things that dehydrate you and make you jittery.”
We’ve all seen them on Instagram ads or heard about them before—hangover cures are everywhere, in the form of pills, supplements, or even beverage mix-ins.
“Do not try to take some sort of ‘hangover cure’ medication orally,” says Betancourt. “These are all unsupported by research and can introduce unsuspected side effects.”
What you can do is pop a B6 vitamin prior to drinking or the next morning if your head is aching. Vitamin B6 has been linked to easing hangover symptoms. If you don’t have any B6, it can naturally be found in poultry, fish, liver, potatoes, and non-citrus fruits.
Nothing can beat a combination of electrolytes, water, and time. Oh, and some bland food!
Yes, really. While hangovers can make you hyper-sensitive to light and sound, sitting in silence may not be as beneficial to people with hangovers as listening to music. In fact, listening to “pleasant music” that you personally enjoy has been shown has been shown to more efficiently relieve the pain associated with a hangover.
According to a study in the Journal of Acoustical Society of America, a listener’s “preferred” music can also help alleviate nausea.
If you’re not sure which playlist to make your hangover go-to, classical music is always a safe bet.
Greasy isn’t the only type of food you should avoid. Foods high in sodium can also worsen the symptoms of a hangover and fast.
“Snacks like pretzels, chips, olives, pickles and ham are high in sodium, so unless you plan on drinking plenty of water to correct all the fluid imbalance, it’s better to lay off the salty snacks until you feel better,” says Ross, who is also the founder of Zivadream.
You already know that acetaminophen is a big no-no when you’re hungover because of the way it reacts with alcohol. But taking other medications that aren’t doctor-approved could also be detrimental to your hangover.
“Do not take any medications without consulting your doctor or reading the warning labels,” says Betancourt. “Some medications have adverse effects when mixed with alcohol, and the last thing you need to do is increase your symptoms.”
Some medications that may cause negative effects when mixed with alcohol include antidepressants, antibiotics, painkillers, ADHD medication, diabetes medication, cold and flu treatments, and more.
“Stay away from citrus—lemons, limes, oranges,” Betancourt says. “Citrus irritates the stomach lining and alcohol irritates the stomach lining… Get it?”
Um, what? Yes, some believe that an ice cream in Korea has been specifically designed to cure hangovers, thanks to the “miracle” ingredient of Hovenia dulcis—aka oriental raisin tree fruit juice.
While oriental raisin tree fruit juice has been used as a hangover cure for centuries, particularly in traditional Eastern medicine practices, it’s interesting that the ice cream is grapefruit-flavored.
As mentioned above, citrus can be notoriously bad for treating hangovers. However, the hangover ice cream—which is called Gyeondyo-bar—relies on the power of a small amount of Hovenia dulcis to get the hungover person chipper again.
Our take? If you get the opportunity, sure, try it. If it works, awesome, but we don’t recommend relying on grapefruit ice cream to cure your painful hangover symptoms on the reg.
We know, we know, but you have to drive your car home from your friend’s place where you slept last night. But Marie doesn’t recommend driving or operating machinery if you’re hungover from the night before.
“Although alcohol is typically out of your system about 12 hours after drinking, the effects of the hangover [can] last much longer than that. In fact, some of the symptoms such as headaches and fatigue reach their maximum after 24 hours,” says Marie. “A hangover can leave you feeling disoriented, uncoordinated, confused, anxious, fatigued, and nauseous.”
None of which are ideal for operating heavy machinery.
“In addition, studies also prove that hangovers inhibit your reaction time, even with a blood alcohol content level of zero or close to zero,” says Marie. “If you have somewhere to drive the next day, be mindful not to drink too much the night before.”
Also, there’s always Uber or Lyft.
16 Hangover Prevention Tips and Causes
We’ve all had one drink too many and woken up feeling nauseous with a ruined day ahead of us. We’ve all also read hundreds of ads, blog posts, and articles claiming they’ve found the answer to ending hangovers. None of them work. None of them are backed by science.
The purpose of this guide is to explain what causes hangovers, why they have such a negative influence on our lives and scientifically-proven ways of ending them for good.
- What actually causes a hangover?
- Hangover Symptoms
- Prevent Vs Cure
- Steps to Hangover Prevention
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- Over-EZ Ingredients
- You can’t afford to be hungover…
What actually causes a hangover?
What is it about drinking that actually causes us to feel so crappy in the morning? We’ve broken it down into three main culprits. The first, a little thing called acetaldehyde. Never heard of it? Allow us to explain.
When you drink, your body undergoes hundreds of metabolic reactions to process alcohol and remove it from your system. When alcohol is broken down in the liver, a toxin called acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde then lays waste to your body.
A buildup of acetaldehyde causes drowsiness, stomach issues, nausea, and anxiety. The longer it takes for your body to remove all of the acetaldehyde, the worse you’ll feel.
While all of this is going on, your body is also suffering the consequences of alcohol being a diuretic. This is the second major cause of hangovers.
A diuretic substance causes the body to urinate more often. The more often you urinate, the quicker you deplete your body’s nutrients. As your body loses iron, magnesium and vitamin b’s, you begin experiencing cramping, headaches, anxiety, etc.
Last but not least, alcohol takes quite a toll on the central nervous system. Alcohol suppresses the central nervous system, which is in charge of your spine, skull, nerves, etc. By slowing the CNS down, you are slowing down brain function in charge of a majority of your movements.
Alcohol also causes a release of epinephrine (commonly known as adrenaline) and cortisol from the cortex. This can lead to higher stress being put on the brain.
All in all?
The creation of the toxin acetaldehyde, it’s diuretic attributes and its impacts on the CNS are the three most problematic changes that alcohol causes in the body. These changes cause all that nasty morning-after pain! Not sure exactly what pain we’re referring to? Read on.
How Natalie deals with 2 day hangovers
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of them. So we’ve put them into a categorized list for you.
Headaches: often referred to as a “pounding” of the head. This is one of the most commonly exhibited hangover symptoms. It distracts you from even the simplest of tasks and can stick around for several hours.
Migraines: A headache on steroids. Can cause light sensitivity, dizziness, and nausea.
Sluggishness: the general feeling that your body is moving more slowly than normal, as though you are moving through water. It’s a rather pathetic feeling to experience and often last 24 hours after your last drink.
Stomach issues: can be in the form of stomach pains, vomiting, and nausea. These pains can be so severe that Peptobismal and other stomach treatments cannot stop them.
Muscle Cramping and Weakness: Has anyone ever kicked you in the calf and you collapsed in agony? Well, imagine that ALL over your body. Dehydration causes your muscles to cramp up and become extremely tense.
Brain Fog: When you finally drag yourself out of bed and to the kitchen, only to forget what you were looking for as soon as you open the fridge, that is brain fog.
Anxiety: Alcohol alters the GABA receptors in your brain, leading to an increased amount of dopamine in the moment and a shortage the following morning. Whether you blacked out, remember everything, or didn’t even drink that much, you’re likely to experience increased anxiety the morning after.
Depression: Alcohol impacts is a depressant, so it is no surprise that drinking increases depression the following morning. Increased levels of dopamine at the moment decreases your levels in the morning.
Guilt: Depending on the severity of your hangover, it is not uncommon for people to spend the entire day after drinking in bed or in the bathroom. Unfortunately, this means you’re missing out on everything you intended to do that day. Whether you’re missing the gym, vacation or a family outing, you’re going to feel guilty about missing because of a hangover.
FOMO: FEAR.OF.MISSING.OUT. We’ve all had. Especially with society becoming more and more addicted to social media. When you’re sitting in bed feeling like crap and your loved ones are out and enjoying the day, you are likely to feel left out and fear you’re missing an important experience.
Everyone experiences hangovers differently. Symptoms can fluctuate based on height and weight, the amount you drank, what you drank and how much food was in your system. Regardless of the type of hangover you’re prone to, they all suck.
And unlike fine wine…
Hangovers tend to get worse with age. Throwing back a six-pack with your buddies in college may have left you with a headache before your workout the following morning, but it’s likely that that same amount of alcohol could knock you out for 2 days in post-grad life. But why is this?
Internal medicine expert in Los Angeles, MD Monya De, explains that “age can affect the performance of the liver in making some drug-related metabolizing enzymes, which could explain the heightened effect [of alcohol on the body] as you age.” Your body’s water content also decreases over time, so you’re more likely to be dehydrated. If your liver’s efficiency is declining and your level of dehydration is increasing, you’re bound to feel more negative effects from drinking than your younger acquaintances.
This is the unfortunate truth that leaves adults suffering from two-day bad hangover, the spins, nausea, and vomiting. These miserable consequences are the perfect motivation to prevent hangovers instead of treating them.
Prevent vs Cure
If you type “hangover cure” into Google your search will pull up thousands of articles claiming to possess The cure for hangovers. Unfortunately, none of them are true. In a market that is saturated with misinformation and very little scientific backing, it is difficult to understand what the best option to treat a hangover is. What most people don’t realize is that there is no proven hangover treatment, all they can do is focus on prevention.
“Prevention is the only way to truly treat a hangover,” says Dr. Ed Boyer, a medical toxicologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Not one treatment on the market has been scientifically proven to prevent hangovers, but if you begin your prevention strategy prior to consuming alcohol, you are 90% more likely to wake up feeling hangover-free. Some of the best recommendations are as follows:
Steps to Hangover Prevention
1. Drink water
One of the easiest ways to avoid a hangover is hydrating prior to drinking. In the 48 hours before you start drinking, carry a water bottle around with you and drink as much as possible. Remember, it’s recommended to have 8 glasses of water on a normal day, try to double that if you’re drinking!
2. Eat healthy fats
We all know not to drink on an empty stomach, but if you eat a fatty meal prior to drinking, your alcohol absorption will be slower and you will be less likely to experience a hangover. We recommend healthy fats like avocados, almonds, and walnuts.
3. Take an anti-hangover supplement or vitamin
Take one capsule of Over EZ before your first drink. This all-natural supplement aids your body in processing alcohol, removing acetaldehyde and replenishing crucial vitamins like zinc, magnesium and complex vitamin b. It also does all this before you start drinking, making it the perfect prevention strategy.
4. Be smart about your alcohol
Alcohol that is light in color like vodka or white wine possesses fewer congeners (hangover-causing toxins). The darker the liquor, the worse the hangover. We also recommend you stick to one type of alcohol all night, switching between various kinds increases the likelihood of a hangover.
5. Drink water and snack
Drink water between each alcoholic beverage. This will keep you hydrated. You should also snack throughout the night. Avoid salty snacks that will further dehydrate you and reach for finger sandwiches or vegetables to munch on. Food will help slow the absorption of alcohol throughout your body.
6. Keep your routine
No matter how late you get home, stick to your routine. Studies show that waking up at the same time each day is good for you, as is continuing to exercise even if you feel hungover. Whatever you do, get up and get going.
7. Go to the gym
I know, getting out of bed can seem exhausting after a night of drinking, let alone getting to the gym. But sweating out toxins and kick-starting your day is an excellent way to strip your body of a nasty hangover.
8. Skip the coffee
Drinking caffeine will only dehydrate you more so skip the coffee. Instead, mix yourself a glass of water with lemon juice and a couple pinches each of sugar and Himalayan salt. This mix will help to replenish your electrolytes and rehydrate you.
So are you telling me ALL of those other hangover cures are bogus? Yes, yes I am.
Don’t Waste Your Money On…
1. Activated Charcoal
Activated Charcoal can help prevent the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, thereby mitigating the effects of alcohol on the body. However, this does not make sense in terms of curing hangovers.
The purpose of taking activated charcoal is to soak up the alcohol in your stomach before it is absorbed into your bloodstream. On average, this process takes one hour. This suggests that in order for charcoal to mitigate the impact of alcohol on the body, it would need to be consumed prior to the absorption of alcohol. If this is the case, then you would never even feel the impact of drinking alcohol prior to charcoal eliminating its absorption into the bloodstream. In which case, why would you drink at all? A study by four leading scientists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information did a study to determine the effectiveness of activated charcoal at treating hangovers. Their results “do not support the use of activated charcoal in an overdose of ethanol” because it does not counteract the impact of alcohol on the body post-absorption.
The most common medication used to treat hangovers. While Tylenol helps to minimize headaches and body aches, it has no impact on the often more severe symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. What many people are unaware of is that danger involved in mixing alcohol and Tylenol. Gary Murray, acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism explains, “when you mix Tylenol and alcohol, your liver is forced to work overtime—straining to metabolize both substances….the [mixture of] acetaminophen and alcohol is downright dangerous.” The danger of mixing these two substances is far too high for the minimal payoff you receive.
The opioid crisis has caused people to begin turning to opioid-level painkillers to reduce their hangover pains. While opioids are harmful to your body in general, “the mixture of any opioid, and alcohol can be unpredictable and may lead to an unintentional and fatal overdose.” Even if a majority of the alcohol has been processed through your system, it still possesses a great danger because both drugs suppress the nervous and respiratory systems. The American Association of Anesthesiologists warns that “just taking one oxycodone tablet and drinking a moderate amount of alcohol can be enough to slow or stop a person’s breathing, potentially resulting in death.”
Drinking electrolytes like Gatorade or Powerade has the potential to minorly reduce headaches and body cramps. Electrolytes are important for several metabolic reactions in the body, however, the amount of electrolytes you lose while drinking alcohol far surpasses what you could hope to replace drinking a Gatorade or two. Refreshing your electrolytes alone is not powerful enough to get rid of a hangover. And unfortunately, replenishing electrolytes in the morning is once again shooting to cure a hangover, as opposed to preventing it.
5. Vitamin B’s
Taking Vitamin B tablets after consuming alcohol helps to replenish the Vitamin B minerals that were depleted thanks to the diuretic aspect of alcohol. Vitamin B’s help in retaining magnesium and l-cysteine, as well as reducing anxiety and assisting liver function. However, similar to replenishing electrolytes, this will not be enough to cure a hangover, especially because you have already lost of all of these nutrients.
6. Coconut Water
Coconut water is high in potassium, which is great to replenish after a hangover. However, that is the only electrolyte in replenishes. If you ask any doctor, you’ll learn that drinking coconut water isn’t any more effective for treating a hangover than drinking a big glass of water (for hydration) and eating a banana (for the potassium). While coconut water certainly won’t hurt, it definitely isn’t the miracle hangover cure you might expect.
A whole pot of coffee might be tempting the morning after a late-night, but in reality, you should avoid too much caffeine the next day. Too much coffee will only dehydrate you more and it may even make your headache worse. And while drinking coffee or other types of caffeine may make you feel less tired, it won’t decrease your blood alcohol content or help relieve the symptoms of a hangover.
8. Orange Juice
Orange juice is rich in Vitamin C and is a delicious way to replenish that mineral deficit. However, orange juice is also extremely acidic and sugary, which will only upset your gut further.
9. Hair of the dog: A couple of mimosas or a bloody mary seem like a perfectly easy, credible way to cure a hangover. After all, you can’t be hungover if you’re still drunk, right? Wrong. Laura Veach, Ph.D., director of screening and counseling intervention services and training in the Dept. of Surgery at Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center says “there’s no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover, It will, at best, postpone one.”
10. Pedialyte: These kids drink is used primarily to revive infants all of the minerals lost during a bout of diarrhea. In the last year it has become a massive hangover-cure trend, but “Pedialyte admits on its website that it’s not a hangover cure-all – and doctors agree.”
11. Greasy Food: While eating greasy food before drinking will help slow down the absorption of alcohol in your system, having it after drinking will only irritate your stomach more. By this time, the alcohol has already processed and you’re experiencing the negative effects of what is left. So you’re only adding fuel to the fire by eating unhealthy food!
12. Meat: Meat provides your body with protein which in theory, is great for a hangover. However, unless you are pairing this serving with an adequate amount of carbohydrates, your body’s blood sugar is too low to handle it. This means the protein will only worsen your headache.
ALL of these well-known hangover treatments are a bust. Sticking with prevention strategies are above and beyond your best option. Especially when you have the option of OVER-EZ….
Over-EZ is an excellent hangover prevention tool. Take one Over-EZ pill with your first glass of alcohol and it starts working while you enjoy your night out. It is all-natural and possesses all of the major nutrients your body loses while drinking – and it begins replenishing your body’s supply before you even notice a depletion. By the time you wake up in the morning, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the day. Check out the science behind the product, an extensive, transparent list of ingredients and their quality guarantee here. Below is just a quick peek…
(Amino acid): Protects cells from the damage of free radicals and oxidative stress and supports the immune system.
Contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Contributes to normal protein synthesis. Contributes to normal carbohydrate metabolism.
3. Milk Thistle Extract
Helps rebuild liver cells while removing from the body toxins that are processed through the liver.
Contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Contributes to electrolyte balance. Contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Contributes to normal muscle function. Contributes to normal protein synthesis. Contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
5. Chicory Root Extract
Pre-biotic that helps improve intestinal flora and contributes to liver health.
6. Vitamin B Complex
Contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism and to the normal functioning of the cells.
You can’t afford to be hungover…
How Caitlin crushes her hangovers
In the fast-paced world that is the 21st century, you have far too much going on to risk being hungover. When you’re trying to balance work, family, social life and your health, you deserve to know the best, science-backed products that will get you to help you do so. Even if you don’t experience terrible hangovers every time you drink, you’re bound to experience them during big events like…
- When a good friend is getting married (or even you) it is inevitable that you’ll be having a few drinks with some of your oldest and closest friends. You should NEVER feel like you have to hold back on celebrating your friend and kissing their single life goodbye. But unfortunately, you’re also bound to wake up feeling like crap, despite the expectation that you’ll be doing it all again the following night. Do what you need to do to ensure you’re the one waking up feeling refreshed and ready to rage once more.
- So you survived the bachelor party…now comes the real (family-friendly) fun. Commemorating the marriage of brother, best friend or boss, etc. should know no bounds. Weddings are all about the celebration. It’s likely you’ll be drinking and dancing all night! The only problem is, if your buddies are old enough to get married, you’re probably old enough that you can’t drink like you used to. Weddings are a once in a lifetime celebration of someone you love, don’t let the fear of a hangover hold you back.
- If you’re like most of us, you slave away at work for eleven months of the year, counting down the days until vacation. And when it’s finally here, it is time to CELEBRATE! Grab a cocktail by the pool and lather up in sunscreen, it’s time to relax and absolutely vege. Once you’re done with pool time, head to dinner with your loved ones and start the evening with a glass of wine with cheese….while this all sounds excellent, it’s likely a hangover will be at the bottom of that wine glass. But you’re on vacation, so don’t say no to that poolside margarita and just do what you need to do to avoid that hangover!
- Happy birthday to you, your friends, colleagues, etc….whoever is celebrating another trip around the sun, you should be there toasting their year and wishing them the best. This is a once a year thing, you should treat it as such! Be sure you celebrate to your heart’s content, then a little more!
- After a long week at work, hitting the bars with friends is the perfect way to blow off steam. Throw some drinks back, play some pool and dance…unfortunately, a night like this often spirals out of control pretty quickly. While incredibly fun, you’ll feel the effects the next day.
- DANCING QUEEN, FEEL THE BEAT OF THE TAMBOURINE OH YEAHHHH. You read that to the beat, it is okay to admit it. Nightclubs bring out the dancing queen in everybody, but that also tends to bring the drinks in! No need to cut having the time of your life short, just take the proper preventative actions so that you can feel “young and sweet” the next morning.
- Wine is an art form and wine tastings are often the favored “art museum.” Keep tasting, swirling and learning and don’t fear a hangover the next day. The only thing that should be showing tears is the wine!
- Whether you’re at Coachella, Outside Lands or one of the other amazing festivals that have risen in popularity in the last few years, get ready to have an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the music, the atmosphere, and the drinks, don’t hold back. Just prepare ahead of time to prevent that hangover, otherwise, you’ll be a hurting puppy!
All of these are celebratory times that should not be plagued with head-spins and nausea. Educate yourself on what products are best for you and what YOUR best practice is for preventing hangovers.
Top 10 hangover cures – The Drinks Business
The Christmas party season is now in full swing, so to help you deal with the morning after, the drinks business has put together the top 10 cures for alcohol induced pains.
The Hangover movie
With December underway the countdown to Christmas has begun and more evenings are being dedicated to Christmas parties and social gatherings. Unfortunately these gatherings can mean more hangovers, so we’ve dusted down our top 10 hangover cures to help you through the festive period.
A hangover is caused by a combination of the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism (acetaldehyde), dehydration, and Vitamin A, B (particularly B6) and C depletion caused by the chemical action of alcohol on your system. The symptoms are usually a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and headache.
Treatment involves rehydrating the body so it can deal with the painful symptoms – though the best advice seems to be rehydrate before going to sleep.
Over-the-counter painkillers can help with headaches and muscle cramps. Sugary foods may help you feel less trembly. In some cases, an antiacid may be needed to settle your stomach first.
You can replace lost fluids by drinking bland liquids that are easy on the digestive system, such as water, soda water and isotonic drinks.
But there are some more “secret” hangover cures out there, with our twitter followers (@shanabarry) coming up with a jar of pickles and (@OakRidgeWinery) eating only apples for 4 to 7 days – “they say it’s a cleanse not diet…”
The best cure for a hangover is alcohol in moderation, but if you over do it over Christmas and New Year, these 10 “cures” may help function a little better the next day.
It won’t cure your headache or rehydrate you, but some good old self pity will probably make you feel a little better.
All those regrets from the night before that you have to think about over and over again makes your hangover seem that little easier to handle – for a few hours at least.
9. Greasy Food
Although eating fried or fatty foods the morning after will probably only irritate a drinker’s stomach further, many believe that a good fry-up or a greasy burger will help with a hangover.
From our twitter followers we learned that “lucozade teamed with a packet of salt & vinegar crisps” is one cure and another is “baked potato with sour cream and chives from Wendys and that reconstituted OJ they serve at McDonalds.”
The real question when it comes to food and alcohol is what did you eat before all those drinks? Food helps slow the absorption of alcohol, and the longer it takes the alcohol to reach your blood stream, the longer it is until you become intoxicated.
8. Vitamins/headache pills
Since a hangover is caused by a combination of the toxic by-product of alcohol metabolism (acetaldehyde), dehydration, and Vitamin A, B (particularly B6) and C depletion – putting these vitamins back into your body is a good idea.
Vitamin C is taken out of your body by alcohol and you’re advised to put back in as soon as possible. Orange juice, tomato, a 600mg Vitamin C tablet it doesn’t matter which one, they all work.
Or you could go extreme like our twitter follower (@OakRidgeWinery) who has heard of an apple diet which recommends eating apples for 4-7 days to help your hangover.
Asprin simply attends to the headache and does nothing for the level of alcohol in your system.
7. Go For A Run / Excerise
A common belief is that “sweating out” a hangover will help see off the effects of a night out.
And the good news is that it does help a little bit. Moving your body and getting some exercise, even when you don’t necessarily feel like exercising, can help stimulate the release of endorphins again, resulting in a better mood and a better state of mind as you recover from your hangover.
However, your reaction time, hand-eye co-ordination, steadiness and balance will be affected if you’re hungover – not preferable if you’re on your bike for a training ride, for example.
You’re more likely to experience delayed onset muscle soreness if you’re dehydrated and your metabolism changes when you’re hungover.
6. Those secret cures
We all have them. It maybe something that lifts you from the hangover or a routine of a run, cup of tea and shower that sorts you out for the day.
The more unusual includes the serbian-style remedy (albeit mostly after consumption of strong spirits) is called “rasol” (cheese brine) and according to a twitter follower (@StefanLuka) “It helps immediately!”
Sauerkraut is also popular and it makes some sense as the acid/nadh balance and the nutritional value.
If you can’t bring yourself to eat the actually chunky bits, try sauerkraut juice (out of the sauerkraut bottle). Raw cabbage is also used for preventing as well as curing hangovers.
Soup is claimed by many as a miracle cure and it does have advantages.
Miso soup replaces a lot of things our bodies need to feel better: water, sodium and other nutrients depleted by the diuretic effects of the alcohol.
Because it’s a fermented food that contains healthy bacteria, miso can also aid with digestion. Too much alcohol is known to disrupt the stomach’s lining and can often result in unpleasant digestive side effects.
Bouillon soup, a thin vegetable-based broth, is a good source of vitamins and minerals, which can top up depleted resources. Its main advantage is that it’s easy for a fragile stomach to digest.
This is probably the most appealing option of the lot, so thankfully it’s one of the most effective.
Some hangovers are caused due to lack of REM sleep (the sleep where we dream) so it’s quite likely that you’ll wake up early causing you to feel more tired and irritable.
If you can stay in bed, do so because your poor body needs to rest.
While no food can halt the roller coaster in your stomach, carbs can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after. Normally when blood sugar levels dip, your liver reacts by producing more glucose from stored carbs. But if you’ve been drinking too much, your liver is busy metabolising the alcohol and can’t handle the extra work, so your blood sugar levels stay down, and you can feel irritable and tired.
Added to this the burnt toast remedy may seem that it’s actually based on scientific fact. The culprit behind this fictional cure is the carbon in the charred bread. Carbon can act like a filter in the body. While it’s true that activated charcoal(which is a treated form of carbon) is used to treat some types of poisonings, it’s not currently used to treat alcohol poisoning.
The carbon/charcoal found on burnt toast is not the same as activated charcoal.
2. Hair of the dog
“Hair of the dog” is popular. But drinking simply may be delaying the appearance of symptoms until the alcohol wears off again.
One of the reasons hangovers are so unpleasant is the liver is still processing the toxins left over from alcohol metabolism. Drinking more alcohol can make the symptoms seem to lessen at first but will only make the situation worse once the liver breaks the alcohol down, because it will have even more toxins to deal with.
If you’ve had a heavy drinking session, hangover or not, doctors advise that you wait 48 hours before drinking any more alcohol, in order to give your body tissues time to recover. Sometimes, of course, a hangover makes that advice easier to follow.
1. The old reliable: Water
Replenishing the body’s water supply after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it also helps dilute the leftover byproducts in the stomach. Adding salt and sugar to water helps replace the sodium and glycogen lost the night before. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks can achieve the same effect.
Drinking a few glasses of water before going to bed helps fight dehydration after the body finishes breaking down the alcohol.
FACT OR FICTION
It’s all a myth……
Hangover cures are generally a myth. There are no cures for a hangover. There are tips for avoiding hangovers and for easing the symptoms if you have one.
The best way to avoid a hangover is to drink in moderation.
To avoid a hangover, don’t drink more than you know your body can cope with.
Here Is What To Do If You Have A Hangover
If you’ve ever had a hangover, you’ve likely tried numerous remedies to feel better, such as “the hair of the dog” or a greasy breakfast. But do these hangover “cures” actually work, or do they do more harm than good? Jody Malleo, RDN, LD, CDE, a dietitian and nutritionist at Piedmont, separates fact from fiction.
What is a hangover?
Malleo says a hangover is the result of:
- Dehydration. Alcohol acts as a diuretic. Drinking too much of it can lead to dehydration, which causes most hangover symptoms, she explains. When you drink too much, it can also lead to sweating, vomiting, diarrhea and an electrolyte imbalance, which can worsen dehydration.
- Dilated blood vessels. Alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to a headache.
- Lack of sleep. While alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, it also contributes to poor sleep quality. Alcohol can interfere with our normal sleep patterns and block REM sleep, Malleo explains.
Do hangover “cures” really work?
Greasy breakfast or junk food. “When you’re feeling lousy, reaching for comfort food can make you feel better temporarily, but physically, it’s not helping the body recover from the damage you did the night before,” she says. “You need to give your body the nutrients it needs to recover. Eating junk food just adds fuel to the fire.”
“The hair of the dog.” Drinking to relieve a hangover is another myth, says Malleo. “Drinking the next day may make you feel better for a few minutes because you’re getting buzzed again and it’s distracting you, but ultimately it will just prolong the hangover.”
IV hydration boutiques. “These places offer a cocktail of electrolytes, B vitamins, anti-nausea medication and anti-inflammatory pain medication,” she explains. “They absorb quickly and probably do make people feel better. However, they are expensive and come with risks. If you don’t go somewhere reputable where the staff is well-trained, you could run the risk of having an IV improperly placed or developing an infection. It might work as a quick fix, but it’s not the solution.”
The best remedies if you have a hangover
“It’s a matter of rehydration and time,” says Malleo. “Try to sip water throughout the day and get some rest. Getting a little food in your stomach can help too – try something bland and easy to digest, like crackers.”
If you can stomach it, eat a nutrient-dense, balanced breakfast with protein and starches – think avocado toast or oatmeal with fruit and nuts. Starches will help settle your stomach because alcohol irritates the lining of your stomach.
How to prevent a hangover
The only guaranteed way to prevent a hangover is to avoid alcohol, and the only surefire treatment is time. But there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting a hangover, says Malleo:
- Eat before you go out. The liver processes alcohol first, so make sure you have food in your stomach so your liver doesn’t process the alcohol immediately.
- Drink in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men. One serving is 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or 1.5 ounces of liquor. We often surpass these limits with just one drink, she says.
- Drink one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage, and sip slowly. You’ll save money this way too.
- Know your limits. Decide in advance how many drinks you’ll have and stick to that number.
- Drink Pedialyte and/or a large glass of water before bed to help balance your electrolytes and boost hydration.
“While avoiding alcohol is the only way to prevent a hangover, that’s not necessarily realistic,” says Malleo. “It’s OK to go out and enjoy social times with friends and have some alcohol. But it’s better to focus on the social aspect rather than the alcohol aspect. It’s healthy to spend time with your friends, but it’s not healthy to drink in excess. You’re doing damage to your body over time if you consistently drink too much.”
Treat your body well
“To be healthy, you want to treat your body well,” she says. “Eat healthy, balanced meals and drink in moderation. You wouldn’t fill an expensive car with low-quality gas, but we do that to our bodies when we consume too much unhealthy food and alcohol on a regular basis.”
Registered dietitians/nutritionists are uniquely trained to help people struggling with weight in identifying barriers and obstacles to success. If you are interested in talking to a nutritionist, consider reaching out to Piedmont’s Nutrition and Wellness Services at 404-605-3823.
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90,000 Why is there a thirst for a hangover: how to get rid of dry wood?
What foods are needed to fight thirst
After alcohol, you must adhere to the correct use of water:
- Considering that after alcohol you want to drink, the fluid deficit can be up to three liters, at first you need to drink 1.5 liters of water gradually and continue taking it throughout the day;
- It is better to purchase mineral water, which will relieve the symptoms of heartburn, heaviness in the stomach, add useful salts and microelements to the body;
- It is useful to drink a slightly salted liquid, since when a large volume is consumed, mineral salts can be washed out from the body;
- Fatty foods can reduce the risk of thirst after drinking alcohol.For example, 30 minutes before a meal, some people eat bread with sour cream or butter. The enveloping properties of fatty foods will protect the mucous membrane from toxins;
- Before going to bed after alcohol, it is advisable to take a shower, which stimulates the body;
- After relieving, water can be mixed with lemon juice and a spoonful of honey.
Not all products are suitable in this condition. It is recommended to eat sleepy fruits that contain many vitamins.Chicken broth will help rejuvenate. Ice cream will also help.
It is better to choose a hearty, but not salty food from the food, which will not lead to fluid retention. It is necessary to give up coffee, which will increase thirst, increase additional stress on the cardiovascular system.
After the hangover drink has been taken, diuretics must also be consumed. The essence of this method is that the water balance is disturbed, fluid accumulates in the tissues, although it is required for the non-stop functioning of important systems and organs.
The use of diuretics removes excess fluid from puffiness, and water intake compensates for its deficiency. In the role of emergency help, Alkozeltser, zorex will do. But you can not drink paracetamol due to the increased load on the liver. When consuming corvalol, valocordin, phenazepam, dangerous consequences can develop, up to and including death.
Herbal infusions and decoctions with a diuretic effect are an alternative.
Additionally, you need to walk in the fresh air, which provides an improvement in metabolism, a beneficial effect on the cells of the brain and the body as a whole.This approach allows you to quickly eliminate alcohol intoxication and the consequences.
Thirst after alcohol is quenched with various cocktails that will eliminate symptoms. But not all elements are useful. For example, the protein from a raw egg absorbs harmful components, but you can get salmonellosis. Also, after alcohol, spicy spices are not suitable, which greatly irritate the gastric mucosa. It is risky to get drunk with alcohol, as after temporary relief, the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover will intensify.
In more serious situations, a dropper is used. This procedure provides blood thinning and detoxification, relieving brain dehydration, and removing excess fluid.
Prescribing preventive procedures
From the very beginning of alcohol consumption, you should drink clean water. A drink is also taken after a hangover, which will relieve some of the consequences, facilitate the manifestation of the main symptoms. The condition will also improve in the morning hours.
It is better not to give up drinking alcohol, as the excess of alcohol is compensated at night.The exception is soda, which contains carbon dioxide, which complicates the hangover syndrome. The absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, rapid intoxication is also accelerated.
According to experts, it is necessary to treat a hangover with drugs only if traditional methods are ineffective.
Hangover: treatment, symptoms, what to do, how to get rid of hangover syndrome at home – December 31, 2020
Hangover is the most disgusting condition that can happen to the body after a holiday.We will tell you how to prepare for the party in advance, and what to do in order not to regret the amount of alcohol you drink in the morning.
Hangover is a real poisoning of the body, which many do not take seriously. When alcohol, or ethyl alcohol, enters the body, it is instantly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and enters the bloodstream. The process takes up to half an hour and longer if you eat heavily during the party and drink more slowly.
When alcohol reaches the brain cells, the effect on the central nervous system begins.The process of brain work slows down: you feel good, fear and anxiety disappear, relaxation and euphoria appear. Internal courage and adventurism appear, courage, you like what is happening, problems and worries become something distant.
Most of the alcohol is excreted through the lungs and kidneys, but when there is an excess of alcohol in the body, it cannot cope and a hangover sets in.
- head splits;
- dry mouth and unbearable thirst;
- red eyes;
- an excited or broken state;
- heart palpitations;
- pulling sensation in the stomach;
- fever followed by chills.
How to avoid a hangover
The best way is to drink your alcohol and not wait for the body to stop for you. You need to know and feel the margin to feel good in the morning.
- get enough sleep on the eve of the party: sleep should last at least 8 hours;
- one hour before the party, before going to bed and after waking up, we take the sorbent at the rate of: two tablespoons with a slide, dissolved in half a glass of water. The sorbent absorbs harmful substances and prevents toxic effects on the body.You can also drink activated charcoal the day before: a tablet per kilogram of weight.
- Do not drink on an empty stomach and eat more: this will slow down the rate at which alcohol spreads throughout the body. If possible, cut back on fatty foods: eat more slow carbs, cheese, nuts.
- Choose one drink per night, preferably wine. Cognac and whiskey cause severe hangovers, champagne has a headache;
- drink alcohol slowly: it is better not to forget yourself in the atmosphere of fun and not empty your glasses in one gulp;
- drink more pure water: two glasses for a glass of alcohol;
- move more: go outside, breathe the air, dance, play with friends;
- Do not smoke: intoxication increases, and euphoric sensations weaken.
What to do during a hangover
The hangover completely disappears after 24 hours, so:
- sleep more or rest all day: watch TV shows, movies. When you go to bed drunk, sleep becomes uncomfortable and you wake up rumpled and hungover, so try to take a nap during the day;
- Do not get drunk: you will get drunk again and prolong the painful state, which is taken for symptom relief.The body receives a double blow and does not have time to recover;
- Drink plenty of water, at least 10 glasses a day, even if you don’t feel like it;
- drink sorbents;
- wipe your face with an ice cube or use a chilled mask;
- Take a walk in the fresh air or stand on the balcony. Ventilate the apartment constantly;
- Take a cool shower several times a day. You can also take a warm sea salt bath;
- brine: replenishes the deficiency of electrolyte salts in the body.Do not drink a marinade that contains vinegar;
- water: 10 glasses per day. You can add lemon or mint;
- green tea;
- rosehip infusion;
- chicken or vegetable broth, ideally okroshka. If you have no appetite, eat some vegetables or fruits.
- bananas: high potassium content is rapidly excreted from the body when poisoned. The fruit will eliminate hunger and not burden the digestive tract;
- sauerkraut: removes toxins, restores water-salt balance.
Decoction of rose hips from a hangover
Ingredients: water, dried rose hips
Rinse and chop the berries. Boil the rose hips for 5-7 minutes, then leave to infuse for 3 hours. Strain and drink the broth throughout the day.
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Hangover guide: how to prevent, how to treat and what to do if already
“Afisha Daily” collected all the available knowledge about the consequences of alcohol intake, set it out in an accessible form and added the comments of a narcologist.
Why does alcohol cause a hangover?
There is no definite answer – there are several popular theories
The main intrigue is that hangover symptoms appear after alcohol and its metabolites are excreted from the body. The most popular version is based on the breakdown of ethanol in the liver.It cannot cope with the complete conversion of acetaldehyde into acetic acid, which is why it accumulates in the body. Acetaldehyde itself – a product of alcohol processing in the liver and the main enemy of an alcoholic – is 30 times more toxic than alcohol, so in the morning we feel nausea and headache. By the way, some people have a reduced ability to break down acetaldehyde – they suffer from congenital alcohol intolerance. From drinking, their skin turns red and their temperature rises.
Another popular theory is the theory of congeners – compounds found in different types of alcohol that are formed during fermentation.In 2010, a group of scientists led by Professor Damaris Rosenow proved that dark drinks (bourbon, whiskey, cognac) contain more congeners than light ones (vodka, gin, white rum), and, accordingly, increase the severity of hangovers.
The third theory gives the main role in the occurrence and treatment of a hangover to the immune system. In 2003, Korean scientist Dai Jin Kim, along with colleagues, discovered increased levels of cytokines – a group of proteins and peptides that are secreted by the immune system when it resists infections – in patients with a hangover.The appearance of headache and nausea as the most striking symptoms of a hangover is associated precisely with an increased content of cytokines. We can say that, to a certain extent, the body perceives alcohol intoxication as an infection.
Deputy Chief Physician of the Marshak Clinic, psychiatrist-narcologist
“In general, the word” hangover “is synonymous with” withdrawal symptoms “(withdrawal syndrome) and applies only to people suffering from alcoholism.What an ordinary healthy person experiences the next morning after a feast is post-intoxication syndrome, that is, a syndrome caused by poisoning. Alcohol is inherently a neurotropic and protoplasmic poison (kills all types of cells in the body by dissolving their fatty base). If more alcohol gets into the body than it is able to quickly remove, splitting it to water and carbon dioxide, then intoxication occurs with the corresponding symptoms: headache, nausea and vomiting, weakness, fever. “
How does a hangover work?
The reasons are difficult to explain, it is easier to interpret the symptoms
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Alcohol suppresses the production of vasopressin, a fluid-retention hormone (many people with urinary incontinence have problems with it), and it is dehydration that explains severe headaches.Due to the lack of moisture in the body, blood pressure rises, which leads to a decrease in blood flow to the brain. At the same time, the brain is slightly compressed – hence the splitting of the head.
Movchan: “There are quite a few factors causing headaches in the morning. But the main one, in my opinion, is the pathological redistribution of fluid in the body. At the time of consumption, alcohol causes frequent urination, as the body tries to quickly remove its decay products. This leads to dehydration, which is accompanied by the loss of vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.In addition, part of the fluid from the bloodstream passes into the tissues, causing edema, including edema of the brain tissue, which disrupts normal blood circulation, reduces oxygen access and, finally, causes headaches.
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Alcohol irritates the gastric mucosa, which leads to an increase in the production of gastric juice, as well as activation of the intestines and pancreas.It makes you sick, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Despite the popular belief that vomiting can relieve hangover symptoms, this is not the case: alcohol has already entered the bloodstream, so it will not be possible to remove it using two fingers.
Movchan: “Nausea and vomiting while drinking alcohol is a natural defense reaction of the body to intoxication. Alcoholics, for example, lack this regulatory mechanism. But, unfortunately, vomiting will ease the condition only at the peak of intoxication – in the morning it is only a painful consequence of the effect of alcohol on the cells of the stomach, intestines and pancreas. “
Moral and physical exhaustion
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Moving on to hangover existentialism. Once in the body, alcohol slows down the production of a natural stimulant – glutamine (bodybuilders also love it). When you stop drinking, its production increases dramatically – this interferes with healthy, sound sleep. It turns out that in a hangover, we feel overwhelmed and tired, but we cannot really relax.In addition, alcohol can lower blood sugar levels, causing sweating, fatigue and mood swings.
Movchan: “In addition to glutamine, the body also contains serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, which are known to most by the definition of“ endorphins ”. These are hormones of happiness and pleasure. When we drink alcohol, our body releases an incredible amount of these neurotransmitters into the bloodstream, due to which we feel intoxication – euphoria, elevated mood, inclination to take risks, desire to move.When their supply is depleted, in the morning a person simply suffers from a lack of them – he feels apathy, fatigue, irritability. ”
Why don’t some people have a hangover?
Corporate events help identify these rare people
Sally Adams from the University of Bath conducted a study on identical and non-identical twins to identify genes responsible for congenital alcohol intolerance. The identical set of genes completely coincide, while the non-identical only half.As a result, it turned out that the reaction to alcohol is due to a specific environment, not genes.
Nevertheless, the general opinion that the natives of Asia are worse at processing alcohol is explained precisely by genes. Their body processes alcohol too quickly. A variant of the gene responsible for the breakdown of alcohol, which the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese possess, is able to convert alcohol into acetaldehyde much more efficiently, which is why a lot of toxic substances are suddenly found in the body. And it is contained in it longer – therefore the hangover is harder.
As for the characters who, after drinking, look fresh and cheerfully hold business meetings, they most likely have a slow metabolism. By the way, it is the metabolic rate that can explain the fact that athletes get drunk faster.
Movchan: “The entire population of the earth can be conditionally divided into 2 types – people with European and Asian types of metabolism. The main difference is in the principles of the enzyme system responsible for the breakdown of alcohol. In people with the European type, the work of alcohol dehydrogenase is poorly expressed – alcohol later becomes toxic acetaldehyde, but acetaldehyde dehydrogenase is actively working, which quickly “neutralizes” it.In people with the Asian type, the opposite is true – ethanol quickly becomes poisonous acetaldehyde and does not oxidize to water and carbon dioxide for a long time. But all this is very individual: a European can have an Asian type of alcohol metabolism. ”
Can a hangover be prevented?
The quick answer is no. Now long
Method 1. Bread
Before eating, eat some bread – it will work like a sponge, absorbing alcohol.This will not save you from getting alcohol into the blood, but it can slow down the reaction rate. Food is generally an assistant here: many advise before the holiday to eat something rich in proteins and fats. The food will block the alcohol that enters the stomach afterwards, preventing it from immediately entering the small intestine. It will enter the blood more slowly, which means that in the morning you will feel a little lighter.
In the process of breaking down alcohol, the body uses a large amount of vitamins and minerals. Because of their lack, it will be bad. To help the liver better cope with the processing of alcohol, experts advise to stock up on B vitamins – B6 and B12. They can be found in tablets in any pharmacy, and in the grocery store in the form of milk, cheese and meat.
When drinking, alternate vodka with water. Firstly, it will help to avoid dehydration, which, as we remember, leads to headaches and nausea. Second, alternating alcohol and water will help slow down the rate of consumption – at least you won’t drink glass after glass.
Method 4. What not to do
The well-known rule not to lower the degree, by the way, does not have any scientific basis under it – the amount of alcohol that enters your body does not change, so the sequence does not matter.Another thing is that mixing drinks with different congener content is not worth it if you do not want to feel bad the next morning.
Again, sugary drinks can make hangovers worse, and carbonated drinks, including beer, get drunk faster. The same applies to cocktails that contain cola and any other soda. If you decide to drink mixes, it is better to choose juice – it contains relatively less sugar and is absorbed by the body longer.
Residents of Mediterranean countries are advised to consume olive oil before drinking. In essence, this method is similar to simply eating something fatty. If you can’t swallow a spoonful of oil, you can add it to a salad or sandwich.
Movchan: “The advice I can give is to saturate the body with vitamins and microelements, to avoid drinking alcohol on an empty stomach. You can drink alkaline mineral water without gas during the evening, eat sauerkraut, fatty fish, potatoes, tomatoes and eat lemon.Move more, since during muscle load, the catalase enzyme is activated, which is able to remove alcohol. Of course, catalase will take on no more than 2% of the alcohol consumed, but what if they will save you from a headache? ”
Does smoking affect the severity of a hangover?
Some people think it’s better to make yourself worse
In the aforementioned study on congeners by Professor Rosenau, 113 students took part, who monitored their condition during and after drinking alcohol for eight weeks.As a result, it was found that a group of non-smoking students who drank 6 cans of beer per evening suffered less hangovers than a group who smoked while consuming the same amount of alcohol. That is, the answers are: yes, it does, it will get worse. This is due to the presence of acetaldehyde in tobacco smoke.
How to get rid of a hangover?
Tablets, water, food and again vodka. Vodka!
A study by Max Pittler, published in the British Medical Journal in 2005, found no evidence for any popular hangover treatment.Yet, along with everyone having friends who don’t have a hangover, everyone has one anti-hangover prescription.
The way popular among drunken drunks and young punks – to drink a little more in the morning – will definitely not work. A small dose of alcohol will only mask the symptoms of the disease, which will still appear. Aspirin and other pain relievers (nurofen, spazmalgon, citramon, etc.), by the way, act according to the same scheme – their effectiveness should not be fully counted on.Taking pain relievers before bed can reduce the effects of alcohol on the immune system, but you need to be very careful here. First, pain relievers combined with irritated stomach lining can cause internal bleeding. Secondly, for their processing, the liver will need an additional resource, which can also negatively affect the condition. Another popular drug, activated charcoal, will not help either, because alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream and does not remain in the stomach.As for Alka-Seltzer, it is a combination of citric acid (vitamin C), soda (relieving inflammation of the stomach lining) and aspirin (see above).
Any liquid, as has been said more than once, will help reduce the severity of symptoms. Still water, ginger or green tea, and chicken broth are best. In addition, you can speed up the recovery of the body with the help of a banana – it contains potassium, which the body needs at such moments. And the most effective way to deal with a hangover from the point of view of science is eggs.They contain a substance called glutathione, a key element in the breakdown of acetaldehyde. Frying bacon and eggs is the only way to deal with a hangover.
Movchan: “The wedge-wedge principle only works for people with alcohol addiction. A healthy person will get even worse from beer in a state of post-intoxication syndrome. Remains alkaline mineral water, juices, warm sweet milk tea instead of coffee. You can take a bath with sea salt.Or at least a shower – they will raise the tone. ”
Why is hangover worse with age?
Although I want to drink less
After 30 years, the concentration of enzymes necessary for the breakdown of acetaldehyde also decreases. The amount of fat that alcohol does not absorb increases and the amount of fluid in the body decreases – this also affects the ability to process alcohol. The body loses its ability to quickly regenerate cells, which is why the consequences of sports training after 30 years are more painful.The immune system is inevitably weakened.
In 2013, the British Association of Researchers Redemption was able to determine the age at which a hangover is felt most hard – 29 years. It is at the age of 29 that people still feel young and many of their habits remain unchanged from college, and the carcass is not the same. This, of course, does not mean that at 45 you feel a hangover more easily than at 29 – rather, at an older age, you will be in better control.
Movchan: “With age, a person’s metabolism really slows down, and the metabolism of alcohol, in particular.In addition, various chronic diseases appear – gastritis, problems with the intestines and pancreas, hypertension. Cells recover worse, and alcohol has the same destructive effect on them.
Bonus # 1
The chef and bartender recommend recipes for the perfect hangover soup and drink
Soup with liver dumplings and calf brains
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“In our restaurant we always have a hangover soup on the menu. It should be fragrant to evoke appetite even in a person with a complete lack of desires. It should also contain light meat and some dense absorbent food such as rice or dough. We have this beef broth with noodles, liver dumplings and a piece of veal brains. For two days we cook beef broth from meat, veins and bones, and as a result, it almost sticks lips together due to the large amount of collagen.We cook noodles, which we make ourselves in a restaurant, just like for a lagman, but a home cook can also buy regular eggs. Put “green” beef fat in a bowl with ready-made soup for additional calorie content and flavor, as well as chili peppers and pickled onions. They help the body stay awake, which releases the hangover. So, the recipe (Billboard Daily realizes that you are unlikely to dare to repeat it in the morning after the party, so it makes sense to prepare it in advance. However, reading the recipe can have a therapeutic effect.- Approx. ed. ).
– Water – 8 liters
– Beef, veins and bones in equal proportions – 2 kg
– Onions – 2 pcs., Peel and cut across
– Carrots – 1 pc., Cut into large pieces
– Celery stalk – 2 pieces, cut into large pieces
– Garlic head – 1 piece, peel off the outer husk
– Vegetable oil – 100 g
In a large saucepan over high heat, heat vegetable oil until smoke appears and brown bones, meat and veins on all sides.Cover with water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, reduce the heat to minimum and cook for 2-3 hours, constantly skimming off the foam, otherwise the broth may turn out cloudy. Gradually reduce the liquid to a third. After that, fry vegetables in a dry frying pan until charring, you can only on one side, and add to the broth. This will give the broth a pleasant flavor of fried vegetables, rather than raw boiled carrots or onions. Boil everything together for another half hour on low heat, strain, salt and pepper.The broth is ready.
– Lean beef – 500 g
– Chicken liver – 300 g
– White onions – 400 g, peeled and cut into large cubes
– Sun-dried tomatoes – 150 g, chopped at random
– Egg white – from one egg
– Butter – 1 tbsp. l.
– Sun-dried tomato oil – 1 tbsp. l.
– salt, pepper – to taste
Fry the tomatoes with a spoonful of your own oil with onions in butter over medium heat until the onions are soft and golden brown.Twice in a meat grinder through a fine grate beef and liver peeled from partitions together with fried onions and tomatoes. Add protein, salt and pepper to the finished mass, mix and cool for 1 hour in the refrigerator. After that, use two tablespoons to shape the dumplings into airships and cook over medium heat in salted water for 20 minutes.
Green beef fat:
– Processed beef fat – 100 g
– Neutral vegetable oil – 30 g
– Thyme – 2 sprigs
– Rosemary – 1 sprig
– Sage – 1 sprig
– – Parsley – 2 shoot
– Fresh spinach leaves – 10 g
Heat the fat with oil to a temperature of 100 degrees, place in a blender and beat with herbs.Rub through a sieve, cool.
Pickled red onion:
– Red onion – 1 pc.
– Water – 150 ml
– Salt – 1 tsp.
– Sugar – ½ tsp.
– Caraway seeds (whole) – ½ tsp.
In a saucepan, mix water, salt, sugar and caraway seeds, bring to a boil, wait for the sugar and salt to dissolve, cool to room temperature. Cut the red onion into strips lengthwise or into small triangles and pour over the prepared brine, leave for two hours.
– Beef broth – 350 g
– Fresh noodles – 70 g
– Veal brains – 30 g, peel off films
– Liver dumplings – 2 pcs.
– Pickled onions – 5 feathers
– Red chili peppers – 3 rings
– Green fat – ½ tsp.
Place the broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add dumplings and brains, cook together for 5 minutes. Boil the noodles in salted water, put in a colander and put on a plate.Place dumplings and brains on the noodles, pour the broth. Top with pickled onions, chili rings and pour over with “green fat”.
Orange juice cocktail with coconut water
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Bar-manager of the Fahrenheit restaurant
“All cocktails that can help with a hangover are conventionally divided into those that you can make at home, and those that you should go to the nearest bar for.
Homemade cocktail requires almost no effort – you need to squeeze the juice of one orange and mix it with 330 ml of cold coconut water. Coconut water itself is sweetish, and in combination with an orange, you get an excellent balance of sour and sweet. A glass of this cocktail quenches thirst well and provides the body with the necessary vitamins.
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Kryazhev : “If you have enough strength to get to the nearest bar, you should order a Michelada cocktail there. My recipe is: 1 part beer, ½ part grapefruit juice, 1 part Bloody Mary Mix (tomato juice, salt, pepper, tobasco, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ spices) and 300 ml Bloody Mary Mix 1 spoon olive oil and 30 ml lemon juice …
Bonus # 2
How to hide the traces of a hangover with makeup?
Editor of Interview magazine, makeup artist
“Make-up should only be applied to well-prepared skin any day.In a hangover, the main ambush is that the body is dehydrated, including the skin. Therefore, ideally, you first need to make a moisturizing mask. If you don’t have time, a combo of moisturizing lotion, serum, and cream will help (a moisturizing primer might come in handy). Without this, the skin will simply absorb water from the foundation, and it will lie badly. A good tone – 80% of success in any makeup.
In general, even in a hangover, you can paint as you like, but if your task is to disguise yesterday’s cool leisure, there are several recommendations.If your eyes are red, vasoconstrictor drops and beige kayal (white is too bright for this) will help. You can not be zealous with shadows, the exception is creamy flesh-colored shadows throughout the eyelid, which will mask redness. It is worth working over the eyelashes: fluffy and long eyelashes will visually open the eye and divert attention from the swelling. The color of the mascara can be of any color.
In principle, you can end here. On the protruding parts of the face, over the usual foundation, it is good to apply a liquid highlighter without obvious glitters, so that you shine in a healthy way.If you love blush and bright lips, it is better to choose cream blush and moisturizing lipsticks or gloss: they will lie and look better. I would not be afraid of bright colors: the main thing is to be comfortable with them.
Scarlett Johansson once said that her favorite hangover makeup is bright scarlet lipstick that draws all the attention. Awesome in its effectiveness and relaxation trick, in my opinion. ”
Bonus # 3
Did you know that the hangover contributed to the appearance of the second day off?
Our usual weekly schedule of 5 working days and two days off was not like this a little over a hundred years ago.Previously, we had half the rest – only one day a week. The video below suggests that the second day off per week was driven by the Industrial Revolution and the need for extra time to cope with a hangover.
“In the 19th century, the British increasingly began to use a single day off for their own pleasure, rather than going to church,” explains Trace Dominguez. The pleasure, of course, included alcohol, so many came to work on Monday sluggish and were not ready to work efficiently or stayed at all at home.The problem began to worry employers when the so-called Holy Monday became popular among the people – a massive absence from work on Mondays in order to clean up after a well-spent weekend. At the same time, factory owners began to conclude an agreement with their workers: in exchange for a promise to be in the ranks at the beginning of the week, the workers received half of Saturday as an additional day off.
90,000 what to do, causes and symptoms
Why does your heart hurt after a hangover, and how to improve your well-being?
People who take alcohol may experience an accelerated heart rate.This means that the heart after drinking alcohol works with strong overload. A person after heavy drinks may also have shortness of breath. If the heart continues to work with an increased load, then this creates a danger that leads to disastrous consequences and even death.
If the heart hurts from a hangover or there is heaviness behind the breastbone, then this can be not only profile diseases, but also dysfunctions of the pancreas – pancreatitis, inflammatory diseases of the digestive tract.The pain in them resembles pain behind the sternum.
Why does the heart ache with a hangover?
Violation of the speed and strength of contractions – tachycardia, is a common occurrence for alcohol addicts. If there are no health disorders, then a single intake of an increased dose of alcohol will not cause an increase in the heartbeat in a person. If a heartbeat is noted with a hangover, he needs to be examined urgently. Perhaps a person began disease-causing transformations in the myocardium, which do not appear until the time and do not let the person know about the severity of the emerging situation.
If the heart suddenly hurts after a hangover and there is an increased contraction of the heart muscle, then the person may have pathological abnormalities.
- Violation of the rhythm of vascular contraction. Ethanol, penetrating into the body, quickly spreads through the bloodstream. It disrupts the rhythm of vascular contraction. The heart begins to work with an increased load in order to direct blood to the tissues and return it back, and this can cause disruption of its work.
- Avitaminosis. Alcohol addicts have chronic deficiency of vitamins of group B, C, E, they also lack magnesium and potassium.These vitamins and minerals allow the heart to function properly and stay healthy. In the event that an ordinary person suffering from a deficiency of vitamins of this group takes a large dose of alcohol, he also develops a violation of heart contractions.
- Poisoning. Many people have had the opportunity to experience poisoning and a sharp deterioration in well-being after a holiday or party. Tachycardia is the result of severe poisoning. After detoxification, a healthy person forgets about pain in the heart area.
When pain behind the sternum is observed, then it is worth measuring the pressure and checking the rhythm of contractions of the heart – myocardium per minute. If the thought does not let go: “What to do with a hangover, what to do?”, Then you need to pull yourself together and calm down. To normalize your well-being, you can drink a sedative. You can use a mild herbal sedative. Strong tablets can only be drunk after a doctor’s prescription. Some medications are incompatible with alcohol and taking all the pills in a row will only harm your health.Taking a drug that is not compatible with alcohol will only exacerbate the problem and increase the pain.
Why do perfectly healthy people have a heartache from a hangover?
If a person, after heavy libations, has severe pain and a significant increase in rhythm, then an urgent need to call a doctor. Such signs may precede the development of heart attacks, ischemia, or strokes.
Violation of the rhythm is caused by the usual dehydration and severe poisoning with elements arising from the breakdown of alcohol.
Do not think that arrhythmia and pain in the heart area are normal symptoms of a hangover, like all people, and everything will soon go away by itself. If a deterioration in the condition of the heart is observed after each party with abundant libations, then it is necessary to go to the doctors and undergo a detailed medical examination for to identify pathological conditions that have arisen.
Emergency medical intervention
A person will certainly need it after the holiday, if he celebrates:
- severe shortness of breath,
- exacerbation of any chronic diseases,
- panic attack,
- unfounded fear of dying,
- lack of clarity of perception,
- sharp pain.
These symptoms usually accompany acute heart disease. Dizziness, apnea – respiratory arrest may occur. Only a doctor can pinpoint the cause of the problem and find out why there are pains. And only the doctor must prescribe medications and select the necessary therapy, in relation to each individual case.
If after a hangover it hurts in the region of the heart. What to do
Uneven heartbeat and pressing pain in the sternum can leave the patient after detoxification.
It is impossible to have a hangover or to treat the pain arising from the intake of alcohol by drinking the therapeutic dose of . The heart muscle receives an additional portion of the poison. She continues to receive less oxygen and ischemic processes in it only intensify.
In order to cleanse the body of poisons and toxins – a consequence of the breakdown of ethanol, it is necessary:
- drink as much liquid as possible, ordinary mineral water at room temperature is suitable,
- take absorbents at the rate of 1 tablet per 10 kg of body weight,
- Apply rehydration solutions, either orally or by infusion.
If, after drinking large doses of alcohol, severe pain is observed and, for example, bradycardia, then taking citrus juice, weak sweet tea or an infusion of medicinal herbs, such as chamomile, will help stop the heartbeat. These liquids will help tone the heart muscle without harming humans. Citrus fruits contain a large amount of vitamin C, which increases endurance, and chamomile is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent, it soothes and relieves nervous tension.
Some people believe that a contrast shower will help eliminate arousal and relieve pain. But a contrast shower with such problems is extremely undesirable, it will only increase the movement of blood and make the heart work harder.
What should be done to eliminate tachycardia and moderate pain?
You need to go for a long, calm walk. If the weather outside is bad, then needs to ventilate the room well in order to create an oxygen flow to the heart muscle.If you manage to fall asleep, then in a dream the state will normalize faster. But with severe and severe pain and a violation of the heartbeat, few manage to fall asleep. You can drink mild tea with mint. It will calm the nerves and myocardium. The heart rate and strength will decrease.
Nitroglycerin is considered an excellent medicine for eliminating severe arrhythmias. To accelerate the onset of its action and increase the strength, you need to wet the nitroglycerin with water and place under the tongue in the form of gruel . The calculation must be carried out -70 kg of body weight – 1 table.medicines.
Aromatherapy soothes and relieves pain. The aroma lamp can be filled with essential oils. May include:
- and cedar, taken in equal proportions.
When, after all the actions taken, there is no improvement, you need to urgently call an ambulance.Only a specialist can help in such a difficult case. The doctor will quickly take all the necessary measures and intramuscularly or intravenously inject emergency drugs.
Heart ache after heavy drinking may not only be due to the negative effect of acetaldehydes. Alcohol in this case is considered only an enhancer of the disease process and becomes a marker showing that a person is starting a serious illness.
If people have heart and vascular diseases, they cannot take alcohol.An unequivocal rejection of alcohol-containing beverages, therapeutic exercises, long walks, the appointment of vitamin and mineral complexes, tablets containing potassium and magnesium, will improve the myocardium.
But, in any particular case, a person must solve his problem with a doctor.
- overweight people
- persons with poor heredity and predisposition to the disease,
- elderly people.
If a holiday is planned and it is not possible to evade, then before it starts it is necessary:
- accept absorbents,
- eat well,
- to drink fruit juice.
This will help reduce the effects of ethanol on the heart.
During the holiday it is better to drink a little dry wine – half a glass is the maximum. Sweet soda or sweet alcohol is strictly prohibited – they accelerate the absorption of alcohol and dramatically worsen the situation.
If you cannot overcome the hangover on your own, leave a request on the website or call. The specialist on duty will send you a narcologist at home to get you out of the binge and will provide all the necessary narcological assistance.
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severe hangover should be managed by professionals. Attempts to make it easier
the condition by drinking another dose of alcohol can lead to a sharp
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With a short-term binge (2-3 days), hangover removal is recommended
carry out in a day hospital. A stay at the clinic will allow
conduct restorative therapy that will help prevent and eliminate
dysfunctions of the kidneys, liver, nervous and cardiovascular systems. At
prolonged binge should be determined
patient in a 24-hour hospital, where he can undergo complex treatment with
subsequent rehabilitation in a special center or on an outpatient basis.
Stages of withdrawal syndrome in hospital
Before instilling a patient, the doctor prescribes an examination and a series of studies.This allows you to get complete information about the human condition. When
severe poisoning of the body with alcohol decomposition products, cleaning is prescribed
blood. Then there is an anti-hangover
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● removal of toxins from the body;
● liquid reserves replenishment;
● elimination of deficiency of minerals and vitamins;
● improvement of metabolic processes;
● reduction of irritability and aggression;
● restoration of liver function;
● filling the body with strength.
Often, just getting a hangover is not enough. In these cases, the doctor
prescribes physiotherapy and, if necessary, psychotherapy. While staying
in the hospital, the patient is safe, under a 24-hour medical
control. This reduces the risk of complications.
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“7 rules for dealing with hangover syndrome”
Dr. Ivanov on how to avoid a headache the next morning after a festive feast
New Year’s corporate parties, family feasts, friendly parties – traditionally all these events are not complete without strong drinks.On holidays, many neglect diet and abstinence from alcohol and allow themselves a little more, as a result of which they suffer from a severe hangover in the morning. In a new article, Alexander Ivanov, Ph.D., osteopath, neurologist, shared the simple rules for drinking alcohol that will help avoid a hangover.
WHAT IS HANGER SYNDROME
Now on the pharmaceutical market there are a lot of drugs that promise to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover in the morning.But that’s not what I want to tell you. There will be no moral teachings about alcohol consumption either (who is interested in my position on this issue, read the previously published article on the topic of alcohol and drinking culture). We will talk about what a hangover is, what simple rules you need to follow so that in the morning it is not excruciatingly painful, and also how to cope with the dire consequences of a feast.
Hangover syndrome, or hangover, is an acute intoxication of the body with the products of alcohol metabolism.In order to understand how a hangover develops and what to do with it, you need to remember a little biochemistry. To begin with, the ethyl alcohol contained in alcohol in the body, with the help of a special enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, turns into toxic acetaldehyde, the accumulation of which in the blood and causes symptoms of intoxication: weakness, headache, nausea, vomiting, etc. Acetaldehyde is an intermediate the stage of alcohol oxidation, but it is the accumulation of acetaldehyde in the blood that leads to reckoning in the morning.People have different genetic tolerances for alcohol depending on the activity of the liver enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase. In the stronger sex, by the way, this enzyme is present in the stomach, so men are more resistant to alcohol than women. The lower the enzyme activity, the more aldehyde in the blood and the stronger the hangover. People who cannot tolerate even small amounts of alcohol, as a rule, do not drink it.
DRINK SLOWLY AND DO NOT HURRY!
Based on the foregoing, the first rule is that during the feast we should consume alcohol slowly, in small portions, so that the liver has time to produce an enzyme and neutralize alcohol.
The general intoxication of the body is also affected by impurities in alcohol, the so-called fusel oils. It has been established that the hangover from whiskey, brandy, wine is more pronounced and heavy than, for example, from more “pure” vodka or medical alcohol. If the alcohol is of poor quality, then there are more impurities, which increases intoxication. Hence the second rule – give preference to high-quality and pure drinks.
You should not drink alcohol with carbonated drinks, as gases increase the absorption surface in the intestine and accelerate this process, which leads to faster intoxication.Mixing vodka with beer gives a heavy hangover due to the soda and foam of the latter. Hence the third rule – it is advisable not to mix drinks and not drink alcohol with carbonated water. The best option is to drink alcohol with a sweet non-carbonated liquid (for example, fruit drink) or plain water.
The state of tension and stress accelerates the absorption of alcohol in the body, so if you have already started drinking alcohol, then you must observe the fourth rule – to relax, otherwise an excess of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood will lead to faster intoxication.It is clear that many resort to alcohol just to relieve stress, but I assure you, this is a bad way: the worse your emotional state, the more harmful the effect of alcohol on your body will be.
In the morning, after a stormy night, our blood sugar levels drop sharply. The condition is called hypoglycemia and is treated simply – you need to suck a couple of sugar cubes or drink sweet strong tea or coffee. In general, alcohol lowers blood sugar, so drinking alcohol with a sugary drink (if you are not a diabetic) is quite reasonable.
Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach should be avoided, as this will lead to gastritis or even ulcers. Eating fatty foods is also harmful – this can provoke pancreatitis, as there will be a double blow to the pancreas. Hence the fifth rule – eat pickled vegetables: cucumbers, sauerkraut, tomatoes.
The sixth rule is no smoking. Especially if you don’t usually smoke. Avoid the hookah as well, as it aggravates the hangover.
Alcohol leads to dehydration of the body due to excessive production of antidiuretic hormone and disrupts the water-salt balance in the body, which rapidly loses calcium, magnesium and potassium ions.Hence, swelling on the face and “dry”. The task is to restore the mineral balance as quickly as possible. The seventh rule – the next day, use a rehydron solution (available in any pharmacy), a large amount of liquid will help you. An aqueous solution with baking soda is also suitable – one tablespoon per liter of water.
Note: the surest way to remove toxins from the body is gastric lavage or vomiting to clean waters. In the morning, ideally, do an enema or take a saline laxative – magnesium sulfate, which will also speed up the elimination of toxins.
And one more thing: sorbents are recommended to be used only after a meal before bedtime (polysorb, enterosgel).
Vitamins of group B relieve hangovers. If you do an injection of vitamins of this group the day before, it can make the consequences of the party not so severe.
As I already said, alcohol removes magnesium from the body, so in the morning you should take 1-2 g of magnesium citrate or several tablets of “Magnesium B6”.
Many people use aspirin and analgesics in the morning – I do not recommend it.You can not use paracetamol, ibuprofen, citramon, as they form toxic compounds with ethanol and additionally load the liver!
Aspirin-based drugs can be taken, but with caution, since acetylsalicylic acid, together with ethanol, causes a chemical burn of the mucous membrane and provokes gastritis. If you want to take aspirin, it is better against the background of an antacid, such as jelly from flax seeds.
Physical activity, such as a walk in the fresh air, can help cope with hangover.The lungs excrete ethanol vapors, which is why there is a smell of fumes in the morning.
1. Do not abuse alcohol even on holidays. If in the morning after an evening meal you have a persistent aversion to alcohol, this is good, then you are observing the measure and you have not developed an attachment to it.
2. Drink only quality drinks with a good snack in a pleasant environment.
3. Do not smoke during the meal – nicotine will increase intoxication.
4. Before going to bed, drink a sorbent, for example, two tablespoons of polysorb in a glass of water.
5. If you feel sick, then do not suppress the desire, give vent to feelings, it is better to try to vomit and rinse the stomach with water.
6. In the morning, drink as much alkaline water as possible (rehydron or soda solution), you can drink sweet coffee or tea to increase blood sugar.
7. Drink magnesium sulfate solution (laxative) to speed up detoxification.
8. Do not get carried away with medicines based on paracetamol and ibuprofen – they have a toxic effect.You can use aspirin, but with an antacid.
8. Take a walk in the fresh air.
9. Remember that the best prevention is a measure in everything, a culture of drinking.
Don’t drink too much and be healthy!
The opinion of the author may not coincide with the position of the editors
90,000 The right side under the ribs hurts after alcohol: reasons for what to do
Complaints that the liver hurts after alcohol is not surprising.After all, the main burden from ethyl alcohol and the toxins that it creates falls on this organ. As a result, not only the head can hurt with a hangover. Pain under the ribs after alcohol, localized in the right side, signal exactly about liver problems . There may also be pains of a different localization, on the left side or above the liver. In any case, they signal serious health problems. This is a serious symptom, indicating that this or that organ is not in order.
Pain under the ribs does not mean that cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol has occurred.But they clearly indicate that drinking has caused problems in the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. If this is confirmed, it would be better to give up alcohol altogether so as not to risk your health. However, first of all it is worth considering the reasons for which there are pains in the side after alcohol, and to understand the details of the issue.
Why do flank pains occur after alcohol?
As a rule, pain in the liver after alcohol occurs when the concentration of alcohol in the blood is sufficiently high.Indeed, at such moments, the load on the liver increases many times over. If the body reacts even to a small amount of alcohol, this is already a disease. The only thing that can be done here is to go to the doctor in a timely manner when such signs appear. After all, the function of destruction of ethanol in such a situation is definitely violated by .
It should be borne in mind that any libation can be dangerous for the liver. Experts point out that a safe dosage is only 40 grams for the stronger sex, and 20 grams for girls.If a person drinks more, it should be borne in mind that his abuse of can cause to treat the gastrointestinal tract.
Most often, right pain after alcohol is associated with the following diseases:
- Fatty Liver steatosis . Occurs in people who abuse alcohol. Appears due to the regular use of alcohol. It is impossible to drink with such a diagnosis, it is necessary to give up alcohol. You should also go on a diet prescribed by your doctor. With any drink, the pain will reappear and intensify.
- Alcoholic hepatitis . The pain appears not only when drinking, but also when pressing on the liver area. In this case, diarrhea, itching appears. The person is losing weight. If you start the disease, it will be difficult to treat it. It is necessary to give up alcohol forever. After all, taking even small doses will cause pain.
- Fibrosis . Often seen in alcoholics. It hurts both the right side and the front wall of the abdomen. If left untreated, it turns into cirrhosis.
- Hepatomegaly .Often occurs precisely because of alcohol. This is the problem of protein metabolism, which must be done by the liver. The first stages often go unnoticed by the patient.
- Cirrhosis . Sometimes it leads to such a need as the removal of a part of an organ, and is also fraught with oncology with cell degeneration, and other pathological processes. May be fatal.
It should be borne in mind that it is not only strong alcohol that causes harm to the body in general and the liver in particular. Wine is also harmful, and even beer . They all cause liver problems. This is why it is worth cutting out alcohol altogether.
Pain on the right after alcohol: how to cope?
If pains appear after taking even weak alcohol, or with minimal doses, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. But what to do if there is no way to get urgent help from a doctor? In this case, you can try to relieve pain with folk remedies. It should be remembered that pain in the liver is not a normal phenomenon even among the entire spectrum of withdrawal symptoms.If headache, vomiting, dizziness are normal manifestations of intoxication, then pain in the side always stands apart. In any case, she declares serious problems of the body and the need for an examination.
So, if the right side under the ribs hurts after alcohol, it makes sense to try absorbents. With their help, it will be possible to cleanse the body of harmful substances, accelerate the elimination of toxins. Even in a situation where alcohol and the gallbladder are worried, you can try succinic acid or activated carbon.If you have already had pain under the ribs, it is worth taking such drugs before the feast in order to minimize the risks. Also, from pain, if it is already tormenting, No-shpa pills help. The remedy not only relieves spasms and pain, but also normalizes the process of bile circulation . Ascorbic acid also helps – if, in addition to pain under the ribs, it pulls in the center of the chest. The vitamins themselves, citrus juice or rosehip broth normalize metabolic processes and digestion.
However, if the discomfort lasts a long time and persists, or if the intensity of the pain is high, you should immediately consult a doctor.Self-medication in this case is unacceptable, since we are again talking about serious violations of the work of organs. The doctor must find the exact cause of the pain, diagnose and prescribe treatment. The patient will need to follow the doctor’s recommendations and exclude alcohol – either for the duration of treatment, or forever.
How dangerous are the pains under the ribs?
Any manifestation of pain in the hypochondrium should attract the attention of a person. It is worth noting again that this symptom is not normal for a hangover.Moreover, it is not normal if the pains began immediately after drinking .
If they appear rarely, and are poorly expressed, it can be judged that the disease that causes them is still in the early stages. However, even in this case, it makes sense to get tested. After all, the first manifestations of the most dangerous diseases sometimes pass even asymptomatically . In the risk group for the liver, gallbladder and pancreas are primarily:
- Persons who consume alcohol;
- Drug addicts;
- People with congenital malformations of organs;
- Those who do not follow the diet, have an addiction to unhealthy foods, and so on.
Alcohol puts people who use it at increased risk. And this applies not only to diseases associated with the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. Risks increase at once for a variety of diseases, covering all systems and organs of the human body. And this must be borne in mind. A sober lifestyle does not burden the body and the digestive system to such an extent. And therefore unnecessary risks do not arise .
If a person drinks alcohol and experiences pain in the side, it is necessary to be examined urgently.When detecting diseases of the liver or other organs of the gastrointestinal tract, it makes sense to completely and permanently exclude alcohol. The fact is that almost any diseases of the digestive system easily become chronic. And many of them cannot be completely cured. Alcohol will provoke exacerbations of , its intake will worsen the condition of the affected organs more and more over time. The disease will worsen and worsen up to disability or death. Thus, alcohol is incompatible with any digestive problems or illnesses, and this is something to keep in mind.
Instead of a conclusion
Most often, pain in the rib area, in the side on the right side, does not come alone. Problems with the liver and other digestive organs give multiple symptoms that simply cannot be overlooked. And alcohol intoxication also gives a whole set of symptoms at once.
These include not only pain in the side, but also nausea or vomiting, digestive problems, and upset stools. It is also weakness, headaches, dizziness. If the whole complex characteristic of intoxication is found, it makes sense to immediately start taking absorbent agents, such as activated charcoal.It is also worth taking plenty of drink, any non-carbonated mineral water or plain water. You can choose natural lemonade without gases or green tea, rosehip tincture. However, all these funds are relevant only for one-time manifestations of intoxication and fleeting problems.