How to Cure a Hangover
While most of us know the answer to this age old question, pretty much all of us don’t agree. If you don’t want a hangover, don’t drink. But what fun is that? The trick is to balance your fluid and food intake, time your drinks, and know which ones to steer clear of.
I know some of you have had the experience of going out and getting just absolutely trashed, but somehow wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go. Don’t try and figure out what you did right. It was a fluke. Just congratulate your body on taking it like a champ. The rest of the time you will probably feel like you got hit by a truck with your mouth tasting like you ate a rotten sandwhich that fell in an ashtray while your body is dealing with a bout of the shakes.
So how can you minimize the effects of you shutting down the bar (and then some)?
Step 1. Know when to eat
Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea. Especially if you think that “getting a buzz” before you decide to eat is a good idea and will save you money, you will most likely get too drunk too quickly, and who the hell knows what you’ll do then. Eat a good amount of food, but not so much that you’ll be fighting the overstuffed stomach sensation you get after eating 18 buffalo wings, a basket of fries, and 3 beers.
Step 2. Avoid High Alcohol Content Drinks
Again, what fun is that? Well if you’re trying to get drunk this is not for you. But if you’re trying to have a few drinks, without the effects tomorrow, follow this one. This includes shots and specialty beers. An example of a specialty beer is one of my favorites, Tank 7 from Boulevard Brewing Company. Boasting an 8% AC, you only need one to feel its effects. Also, because of the high alcohol content, it will dry up your body’s water supply faster, causing your body to be dehydrated.
Step 3. Avoid Energy Drinks
Why anyone would want to put this poison into their bodies in the first place is still a mystery to me, but this is what I start to call redlining. If drinking to get drunk is the goal, adding an energy drink into the mix will let you do it 10x faster, and 20x more incoherently. You can drink these things and feel fine, but the next thing you know you wake up in front of a Dairy Queen with random people staring at you while your talking to your cell phone which lost its battery about a 1/2 mile back, your pants are unzipped, and all you want is a chimichanga. Trust me. This happens.
Step 4. Replenish Your Fluids
Gatorade, Pedialyte… any of those drinks geared at rehydrating are what you’re looking for. Water is good too, but too much water will just flush your body of electrolytes it needs to do its job. I prefer G2 Gatorade and water: 1/4 Gatorade to 3/4 water. Sometimes I use a little more Gatorade depending on the flavor.
Step 5. Eat
The first thing you should do after a night of drinking, and especially if you are trying to rid yourself of a hangover, Eat. I know some of you think that you will just puke if you try and eat, but hey, that’s just your body’s way of telling you “Good Job, Dumbass”. Your intestines are designed to extract nutrients from food, and expel the waste. The longer you keep that nasty alcohol waste in your system, the longer you will feel bad.
Step 6. Don’t Just Sit There
Motion creates emotion. Get up and do something, Sitting or laying around will just make you feel worse. Go for a walk, or do some light exercise. Make sure you have some food in your system before you decide to do any sort of activity. You don’t want to blood sugar levels to drop too low, which can give you the shakes, and make you even pass out.