We all know what the morning after a mad drinking session overnight is like; in short, it’s not a great experience. Good news is that there are a few things that you can do to prevent it. But in case you’ve skipped the prevention part, here are a few tips offered by the National Health Service that you can check out right away.
Preventing the Probable
If you enjoy going out and having a few drinks with your friends at the local bar you should know where to draw the line. But just in case you don’t have a clue about your tolerance level, it’s likely that you will probably overdo it.
And by the time that you’ll realize it, it will be too late. So what to do when you’re heavily intoxicated?
The first thing that you should do is give your keys to a trusted friend or plan on calling a taxi. Don’t drive. At best, you will go to jail and then have to explain to your boss why you are not at work. In worse case scenarios, it could be fatal.
Hair of the Dog
Cures that recommend having a drink to relieve the hangover are just an old wives tale. No one can offer a rational explanation justifying how this exercise could contribute to anything that improves the situation.
The root of the problem is dehydration, which produces shakiness, nausea, headache and lightheadedness. When the room keeps spinning and every whisper hurts your eyes, the thought of drinking anything, water included, is very un-appealing.
Then your body aches from head to toe and your stomach feels like it’s on fire. Drinking any alcohol under these conditions will only make you feel worse– because alcohol is a mild diuretic and the last thing you need is too loose more liquid.
If you have anyone around that still loves you enough to take a trip to the store, ask them to get a few things for you.
- Take an antacid to soothe your tummy
- Follow with an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen for example (only to be taken after the antacid)
- Eat some food – starchy is best – like a piece of bread
Isotonic drinks are usually recommended in these situations. Aspirin is not recommended because your stomach lining is already screaming in pain and aspirin can irritate it further, which may induce bleeding.
Eventually you realize that you are going to live to see another glorious morning. If you are smart, you will avoid any alcohol (or even their look-alikes) for at least the next 48 hours.
It’s very important that you start increasing your fluid intakes in these situations as much as possible. If you just can’t keep liquids down within a couple of hours, you need to seek medical attention. It’s been confirmed by doctors that severe dehydration partners with intoxication and in worst cases, it can even kill you.
If you are planning on another grand occasion with your associates, you must spend the entire day beefing up on fluids.
- Increase your fluid intake- start early
- Eat a solid meal
- Monitor your body’s responses
Eat a stick-to-your-ribs meal about an hour before you hit the party scene and try to keep yourself in check.
You won’t feel the effects of a drink for at least 30 to 45 minutes. So wait that long before you order another. Hopefully, this time you’ll remember the rough ride you had not more than a week ago.