The Morning After: Tips to Cope With a Hangover
The notion that the cure for what ails you, is more of what ails you! This has been popular since the times of Shakespeare, but can be traced back to times when dog hair was literally used to treat dog bites.
Popular since the roaring twenties, this cocktail of vodka, tomato juice and various spices such as Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, or horseradish has been touted as a hangover cure. Another ominous sounding concoction is called “Black Velvet” and consists of champagne and flat Guinness. Hemingway, it is said, relied on a morning-after tonic of tomato juice and beer.
Fatty, high-calorie foods like fried bacon and eggs have long figured among the most popular homespun hangover cures. Fatty foods, if eaten before drinking alcohol, “grease” the lining of the intestines. The alcohol then takes longer to be absorbed by the body. In the Mediterranean, one folk remedy involves swallowing a spoonful of olive oil to line the stomach.
- If you do have any alcohol, drink small amounts, and remember that small amounts of better quality alcohol will have fewer hangover symptoms.
- Eat a large meal before drinking to line the stomach and slow down the rate of alcohol absorption into the bloodstream
- Eat bland foods such as toast or crackers to relieve nausea
- Try coffee made with tonic water, orange juice and honey
- Fructose-containing foods such as fruit and fruit juices may also decrease hangover intensity
- Drinking water during and after alcohol consumption can minimize alcohol-induced dehydration
- Know your limits and pace yourself by drinking slowly (the body metabolizes alcohol and needs time to do so)
- Avoid smoking while drinking because smoking constricts the lungs and decreases oxygen flow to the blood stream
- Vitamin B helps to replace the nutrients lost while drinking.