It’s all fun and games at the time but the dreaded effects of a night out on the tiles can feel like death the next day, especially when you have you have a family brunch the next morning and you’re still sporting the token club wristband.
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At the risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer, the only true cure for a hangover is prevention.
Read on for our tried-and-tested hacks for preventing a hangover from the outset…
1. Drink for a drink
Guzzling back bubbles is best teamed with h2o in between – we know it sounds geeky but it not only forces you to pace yourself but also rehydrates, which is essential because alcohol is a diuretic that severely dehydrates your body. Familiar with the phrase “breaking the seal”? It’s not just the alcohol itself that dehydrates you but to make matters worse the more you drink the more frequent you need to go to the toilet depleting your body even further.
2. Line your stomach
In addition to finishing your night with food (hello 3a.m Mc’ds!), it’s just as crucial to line your stomach with some sustenance before you head out. Before making tracks, eat a decent lunch with good carbohydrates and protein to make sure your stomach is lined – this in turn reduces the peak alcohol-blood concentration by a third. Also, while you’re out, if dinner is on offer, take it!
3. Don’t go to the dark side
Research has found that clear spirits are more forgiving the next day, especially as they are often mixed with soda or water delivering much-needed hydration at the same time. Darker spirits such as rum and bourbon have a higher alcohol content and are often mixed with dark sodas like coke, which are full of sugar making your hangover worse.
4. Ditch the cigarettes
It’s not uncommon for reformed smokers to admit that giving up the ciggies has helped the next day. While the science behind it is still limited, it’s said that cigarettes and alcohol combine make for an interrupted sleep, which as we all know makes you feel ever lousier in the morning. And, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse the morning after than the smell of cigarettes on your breath and fingers.
5. Don’t drink on limited sleep
If you’ve had a rough night’s rest you might notice your drinks go straight to your head. Sleep affects everything from skin to food cravings. Low energy and alcohol do not mix well, especially because you won’t get quality sleep again the night you’re out. To avoid paying for it big time the next day, ensure you get a good night’s sleep or have a quick nap (30 minutes) before heading out.