If you have a social life that involves drinking then you probably have wondered how to reduce hangovers. I have heard of many things and my roommate suggested to me to take Ibuprofen and it worked for me. I decided that this would be really cool to investigate what to do or not to do to prevent hangovers.
Don’t Take– Tylenol
Tylenol can mess up your liver if ingested while intoxicated. The reason is that when your liver is busy metabolizing alcohol, it processes the painkiller differently than it otherwise would, resulting in toxic compounds that can cause liver inflammation and even permanent damage.
Do Take– Ibuprofens
Ibuprofens such as Advil will help with the hangover headaches especially if you take it an hour before you have to be where ever your going in the morning or you can just take it the night before.
Don’t–Drink a lot of caffeine.
If you take multiple espresso shots thinking that it will make you feel better, you will probably end up feeling worst and further your dehydration.
Do– Drink A beverage that has caffeine in it.
While drinking excessive amounts of coffee or caffeinated energy drinks won’t do much to improve your drunken state, a single caffeinated beverage can help, particularly if you didn’t get enough sleep, by giving you an energy boost and improving mental alertness. Try black tea or one cup of good quality coffee and make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Don’t – Eat sausages and bacon
Do – Eat eggs
Don’t – Eat before you go to bed
It’s a common myth that filling up before bed will “soak up” the alcohol in your stomach. Food has to already be in your digestive system to slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, so make sure you fuel up before heading out. Pick food that has a lot of fat, like pizza or steak, that take a long time to digest are your best bet for preventing a hangover later on.
Do – Drink water before going to bed
Drinking alcohol causes dehydration, so you need to replenish fluids. If you don’t drink water, your body will take what it needs from your vital organs, including your brain, resulting in a throbbing headache the following morning.
Don’t – Exercise
Another myth is that working out will sweat out the alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that in large quantities, it causes you to lose water and become dehydrated. A major sweat session can result in more dehydration and is therefore not a good idea.
Do – Shower and relax
A shower will raise your temperature, prepping your body for sleep so you can bypass the most painful part of your day. On the flip side, a cold shower will make you feel more alert.