The Hangover

As we begin the New Year I am sure many of us will be nursing hangovers and thought I would give a few tips of how to deal with a bad hangover. However, before I start I just want to mention something we all are aware, yet forget when we are caught up in the festivities, and that there is significant dangers in drinking in excess, not only to yourself but to others, so do keep this in mind.

Anyway, back to the cures. Try to avoid coffee and other caffeinated drinks like Coke if possible – they’ll only dehydrate you more, instead fruit juices are a good option as they contain salt which will help your body retain fluids; tomato juice is a good one. If you are wondering what causes a hangover, it is ethanol – the alcohol in your drinks; a toxic chemical that works in the body as a diuretic (which means it makes you go to the bathroom more and as a result become dehydrated). This is one of the main causes of the headache, dry mouth, dizziness and constant nausea. Your hangover eases as the body turns the ethanol into a less toxic chemical. The other factor that affects a hangover is the type of drink you have consumed. Dark drinks contain a substance called congeners that tend to make hangovers worse.

What are your hangover cures?

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