Are Hangovers Curable? Here Are the Facts.
We’ve all been there: you had a great night out with friends, drank a few too many drinks, then you wake up the next morning, and it hits you like a ton of bricks—it’s hangover time! It’s an affliction that humanity has had to face since the first alcoholic beverages were distilled, and we’re still looking for a cure centuries later. Here’s the truth: there is no silver bullet to end a hangover. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to help bounce back a lot faster. We’ll share some of our favorite tips to help speed up that hangover and get you back on your feet.
First, it needs to be said that you might have run across products that claim to help stop or cure a hangover. As tempting as it might be to give these a shot, prepare yourself for disappointment. Rarely, if ever do these “cures” do much to kick a hangover, and none of them have been approved by the FDA. They are sold as “supplements” and undergo little, if any oversight. Better to leave these out of the mix and depend on some more realistic means of easing that next day funk. Here’s our guide for fighting a killer hangover:
Step 1: Pregame
We’re not talking about shooting a few beers before you hit the bar here… before you start drinking the good stuff, drink some water, and a lot of it. And keep drinking water throughout the night. Water will help keep you hydrated and will make a major dent in any aches and pains you might suffer from the next day. Often times, hangovers are made worse because of dehydration. Alcohol tends to be a diuretic and can really do a number on you, but keeping up your hydration through the night and into the next day will do wonders to ward this off. We recommend the 1:1 ration - one 8oz glass of water for every drink you have. While it sounds simple, this can make a huge difference.
Step 2: Avoid the Sweet Stuff
There are a number of studies that show that sugary drinks can amplify the effects of a hangover. Through some complex chemistry, sugary drinks are harder for your body to process and breakdown and often take a good deal longer to leave your body. While that Margarita might sound delicious, it’s loaded with sugar and can really do a number to your physical state the following day. Even some drinks that aren’t mixed, like Whiskey or Tequila, are sweet enough to cause some effect. Your best bet? Go for Vodka on ice with a citrus twist. This is the easiest way to avoid a ton of sugar and reduce your chances of a bad hangover the next day.
Step 3: Sleep It Off
When fighting a hangover, sleep is key. If you know that you have a big night of celebration in front of you, make sure you carve out enough time to sleep in the next day. Get at least a solid 8 hours, and while you might not be feeling 100% peachy, with a good night of sleep, you can certainly put a big dent into that hangover.
Step 4: Eat A Big Breakfast
Have a favorite breakfast spot? Make plans to visit and grab a bight after a long night of sleep. While you might not have a huge appetite, eating a big breakfast can help reduce a hangover pretty quickly. When you drink, you send your metabolism and blood sugar into a tailspin, often causing some of the worst symptoms of hangovers like nausea. Best way to fight back? A big ole breakfast.
Now that you have some tips to fight off the worst parts of drinking, you’re more prepared than ever to have a great time without the worry of feeling awful the next day!