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No More Next-Day Blues: Six Tips to Prevent a Hangover

It’s 11 AM on Saturday morning and your head is throbbing, your stomach feels queasy, and that sun shining through the window certainly isn’t helping. The activities and debauchery from the previous night have finally caught up to you in form of a hangover.

A hangover is a collection of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms that usually follows a night of heavy drinking. While there are several measures to take to prevent accompanying ailments, the only surefire option to prevent a hangover is by refraining from alcohol.

Here are some guidelines to follow to minimize hangover chances:

  1. Water – Alcohol is a diuretic, or a substance that promotes increased urination. This is the reason why people make frequent trips to the restroom while drinking. With the loss of fluids, dehydration can occur. Try either drinking an 8oz glass of water between alcoholic beverages or downing a bottle of H2O before bed.
  2. Sports Drinks – Electrolytes like sodium and potassium are expelled through urination. Drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, or Vitamin Water can help replenish electrolytes and can be a tastier alternative to water.
  3. Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach – Many have probably heard this advice, but not all have chosen to heed it. Grab a quick bite or at least a small snack before you head to the bars. In general, fatty foods are better because they slow the absorption of alcohol.
  4. Multi-vitamins – Boosting up on multi-vitamins before drinking helps retain crucial minerals and antioxidants. On the downside, it may require more drinks to feel the effects of alcohol.
  5. Know Your Limits – This old cliché may sound corny, but it could save you from a rough morning. There are many factors including weight, height, gender, and race that can determine how alcohol affects an individual. Only you know how many drinks it can take to push you over the edge.
  6. The Buddy System – Grabbing a friend and setting a quota can be a good way to monitor drinks. It can also be beneficial in keeping track of each other throughout the night to prevent anything else harmful from occurring.

By Levi Stein

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