How to Stop a Hangover

December 14, 2021

How to Stop a Hangover

We can all agree that hangovers are no fun. With a constant headache, tiredness, and feeling sick, it’s no wonder that we use the common phrase ‘I’m never drinking again’. 

Whilst the obvious solution is to never drink again, most of us don’t want to give up our social drinking habits or our favourite tipple forever. 

So, knowing how to stop a hangover, could be the difference between enjoying your night out and feeling alright in the morning, compared with regretting the night before. 

Drinks House 247 have put together some top tips on how to stop a hangover, so you can wake up feeling fresh.

Before Drinking

Eat Fatty & High-Fibre Foods 

It’s always good to ‘line the stomach’ before drinking alcohol, and it’s recommended that you eat fatty and high-fibre foods. This is because they’ll delay the body’s absorption of alcohol. 

Easy foods to eat would be avocado, lentils and popcorn as they break down the alcohol and absorb it, keeping it from reaching the bloodstream as quickly. 

Load Up on Vitamin C

Vitamin C can help fight colds, but it can also guard against hangover symptoms. Try making a fresh fruit smoothie and stock up on oranges and watermelon. 

orange juice

Avoid Sugar

Sugar can cause inflammation, and so can alcohol. So, it’s no good hunting down a sugary treat to have before going out.

Whilst Drinking

Choose Your Drinks Carefully

It's recommended to avoid congeners, which are compounds that give liquor its flavour and colour. Most alcohol contains them, however, darker alcohols, like red wine and whiskey, generally have a lot more. Congeners are chemicals that can set off inflammatory responses that bring on hangover symptoms. 

As well as this, it's better to avoid anything too bubbly, such as champagne or prosecco. This is because it can speed up the rate of alcohol absorption and the stomach can expand due to the carbonation. 

This is why it’s a good idea to stick to one kind of drink throughout the evening, such a lighter spirits like vodka and gin. It’ll also mean you can keep track of how much you’re drinking. 

Pace Yourself

Just because you’re drinking the same type of alcohol, doesn’t mean you can drink quicker. It’s a good idea to pace yourself throughout the night and if you really want to avoid a hangover, limit yourself to no more than one drink per hour. 

Alternate with Water

Sticking to one drink and pacing yourself are two good steps to take, but to go one step further, you can alternate your alcoholic drink with a glass of water. This will not only replenish your hydration levels, but also keep the hangover at bay. 

glass of water

After Drinking

After getting home after your night out, there are a few simple steps you can take to avoid that dreaded hangover in the morning. 

Have a Pint of Water Before Bed

Drinking a pint of water before going to sleep will hopefully save you from waking up with a dry mouth. It may also help with detoxification processes overnight. 

Eat Before You Sleep

As well as drinking water, eating some food before going to bed could theoretically help slow the alcohol absorption and stabilise blood sugar.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

It's important that you get a good night's sleep, as not getting enough sleep could make your hangover worse. 

Alcohol disrupts your sleep, and you could sleep lighter than usual, which is why you may find yourself waking up early when the sun rises. We recommend popping a sleeping mask on to minimise environmental disruptions.

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