If you’ve ever had one (or perhaps even a few) too many during a night out, you’ve also more than likely experienced what may be coming the next day: the classic hangover. Fatigue, headache, nausea, lack of focus, and dehydration are just a few of the symptoms you may feel when you first wake up and continue on as you grind your way through the next dozen or so hours. Since an actual hangover cure still eludes even the best efforts of scientists and researchers the world over, your leading option to battle the spins and shakiness of the day after remains, in a nutshell, hangover prevention.
Hangover Prevention, Simplified
Of course, the best and most effective hangover prevention method is not to drink anything at all. Some people claim to never get hangovers, but research seems to point to the fact that everyone is indeed subject to a hangover, it’s just that everyone’s body chemistry is different. In other words, if they haven’t gotten a hangover after drinking then they just haven’t had enough alcohol to trigger one, yet.
So, if you still like to have a drink now and then, you’re back to square one: hangover prevention. Since no one really knows for sure how and why alcohol induces a hangover, many of the popular hangover prevention methods revolve around minimizing intake of or at least affecting your body’s rate of processing the alcohol you do end up drinking. For instance, you can try any number of these recommendations:
- Work a glass of water or sports drink into the drink rotation – not only will it help you cut back on the alcohol intake, it’ll also help both keep you hydrated and maintain your electrolyte levels.
- Eat before you go out – and preferably something more substantial than a salad or a granola bar. Those carbs, fats, and red meat proteins help metabolize the chemicals in alcohol most commonly associated with hangovers. And speaking of those chemicals …
- Stick with the clear liquors – dark liquors such as bourbon and whiskey contain higher amounts of chemicals known as congeners that studies have linked to more intense hangovers. In other words, vodka, rum, and gin tend to generate less painful mornings.
- Preemptive strike approach – feel free to take two ibuprofen with a glass of water before finally hitting the sack to get ahead of the pain, so to speak. You’ll be one huge step ahead on attacking the inflammation that alcohol creates in your body.