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How To Prevent Or Cure A Hangover

by Sherri Robinson

Spending the night drinking with friends can be a lot of fun. It's a good opportunity to let your hair down and relax with loved ones. Unfortunately, a night of drinking can lead to a terrible hangover in the morning. The headache, uneasy stomach, and sensitivity to light that people associate with hangovers are caused by alcohol's lingering effects on your body. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent or cure a hangover:

1. Get more sleep.

If sleeping in is an option, you should take advantage of it. The sleep you get while under the influence of alcohol isn't likely to be very restful. When you're drunk, you're more likely to toss and turn all night, which means your body may require more sleep than it usually does for adequate rest. Allow your body to sleep as much as it wants and forgo the alarm. If you have to get up early for work the next day, try to cut your partying a little short so you can go to bed at a reasonable time.

2. Eat something substantial.

If you're thinking of skipping dinner so you can get to the party faster, you should reconsider. Drinking on an empty stomach means alcohol gets into your bloodstream faster, which means you might get more drunk than you intend to. Eating something substantial before consuming alcohol can help you moderate your alcohol consumption, which will make a hangover less likely. Try to eat foods that are high in fat and protein if possible. Bacon, sausage, and other breakfast meats are an excellent choice for preventing and combating hangovers.

3. Take a multivitamin.

Sometimes despite your best efforts, you wake up with a hangover in the morning. Some experts theorize that hangovers are caused in part by vitamin deficiencies. Taking a multivitamin the day after you drink can replenish your body's stores of nutrients. Keep a high-quality, well-rounded vitamin supplement around for the morning after a night spent drinking.

4. Rehydrate.

Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it encourages your body to eliminate water at a faster rate. Even if you spend the night drinking, you're likely to wake up feeling dehydrated. Rehydrating your body can help you feel better fast. Unfortunately, when your stomach is unsettled, drinking a lot of water is often the last thing you want to do. Drip hydration therapy can help. Instead of ingesting water orally, drip hydration works by feeding a saline solution directly into your veins. An IV line is set up by a trained professional, and you're intravenously hydrated. Hydration IV drip therapy can immediately clear away many of the unpleasant symptoms of a hangover.