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A Healthy Hangover

Quite a few students love a night out, but maybe not the hangovers! We've got some great tips for making these more bearable and healthy.

So it’s Sunday morning, you’re looking through the videos and pictures from last night, smiling and thinking what a good night it was. And then you feel it, a dull pounding headache, the gurgling in your stomach and the overall feeling of regret, you exclaim ‘i’m never drinking again’... but fast forward a week, and you’re out again. So because drinking alcohol is quite common amongst students, we’ve got some of the best tips for a making hangovers more bearable and making them as healthy as possible.

 

Before drinking 

It’s well-known that drinking on an empty stomach is a disaster waiting to happen, as the alcohol is absorbed into the body quicker. Before venturing on a big night out, make sure you get a good meal that contains carbs, or fats, basically something to soak up the drink.

We’ve all heard someone say ‘i have a big glass of water before bed and that helps’ and actually it does. Alcohol is diuretic which increases the amount you go to the loo, this can, in turn, cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, which result in a worse hangover. So do yourself a favour and have a pint of water before bed, you’ll be really glad you did. 

Did you know that fizzy drinks speed up the absorption of alcohol? Us neither! It may be hard to find any alcoholic beverage which doesn’t contain a fizzy soft drink, and let’s be honest, vodka and water doesn’t sound appealing at all. A tip to avoid a hangover (or a really bad one) is drinking water and non-fizzy soft drinks between alcoholic drinks. 

And of course, the obvious one, know your limits. You may think you can handle a lot more drink than you actually can, just take it slow and be aware of how you're feeling. 

 

After drinking

More drink. It is a huge mistake to think ‘getting back on it’ will help your hangover. This is a really risky habit and you simply could be delaying the symptoms of a hangover, not getting rid of them. 

Painkillers can really help with headaches and any aches or cramps which hangovers can cause. But please be careful here to check dosages and the packaging for rules when taking any tablets. 

Hydration, we’ve mentioned drinking water after you’ve been drinking alcohol, but it’s important to continue hydrating the next day too. Drinking water, soda water, any fluids which are gentle on the stomach. Hydration, hydration, hydration. 

Eating food that is full of vitamins, minerals and sugars which you may have lost will help your body get back into a good balance. So maybe a McDonalds isn’t the best idea. 

Obviously, students tend to go out, party and socialise with alcohol and this isn’t going to change. However, we ask that you please drink responsibly, take care of yourself and take care of others when consuming alcohol. 

 

For more information regarding hangovers and how to deal with them visit the NHS website here

For more information about alcohol units and calculating these, visit the NHS website here

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