If you have a large amount of alcohol one night, chances are you will wake up with a hangover. A hangover is caused mainly due to dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic which causes fluids to be flushed by the body.
The best way to completely avoid a hangover is to not drink at all but then you wouldn’t be reading this….
I am not one to drink to excess. If I were to partake in several alcoholic beverages in one evening I would injest at least (3) 8 ounce glasses of water and eat a snack preferably consisting of something like eggs or cheese. Food helps settle your stomach and give you energy. It absorbs some of the alcohol in your system, making it harder for it to affect you. Therefore always make sure you eat while you are drinking and right after you stop drinking.
More Natural Approaches to preventing a hangover:
B vitamins are necessary for the proper breakdown and elimination of alcohol in the body. In fact, in one study, vitamin B6 reduced the number of hangover symptoms by approximately 50 percent. For anyone who has suffered after a night of overindulgence, this certainly is good to know.
If your hangover has caused feelings of nausea and possible vomiting, ginger may help reduce or eliminate those symptoms. Ginger is commonly used as an alternative remedy to ease nausea and upset stomach. The underground stem of the ginger plant has been used medicinally since ancient times. In addition to easing an upset stomach, ginger may also help ease headaches and diarrhea
Other Hangover Help
Life Extension recommends a garlic-based supplement for hangovers. Garlic contains S-allyl-cysteine, which neutralizes acetaldehyde; vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and selenium are included in the Kyolic Garlic Formula 105 supplement for their antioxidant effects. Consult your doctor before taking garlic or any kind of supplement. Activated charcoal is used to neutralize poisons and can help lessen the symptoms of toxicity associated with alcohol. Ginger, meanwhile, is good for soothing stomach upsets. Consuming food and drinks that contain fructose, such as fruit juices and honey, will help your body burn the alcohol faster. Bouillon soup helps replace salt and potassium depleted by alcohol. Get plenty of rest and remember most hangovers are gone within 24 hours. Avoid taking acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, because of possible liver damage when combined with alcohol.
In Las Vegas they have a hangover bus, this I stumbled across doing research for this blog:
The “Hangover Bus” IV treatment can actually relieve hangover symptoms by replenishing vital nutrients, fluids, and anti-oxidants. But does one have to pay someone to do that? You could easily drink several glasses of water, take an aspirin, or a multivitamin, and get the same effect.
But sufferers of a Vegas-level hangover might also expect a Vegas-level treatment. “EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters have used IV fluids for a long time to help resolve most of the symptoms of a hangover,” Hangover Heaven’s owner, Jason Burke, told “20/20.” “I’ve just taken it to the next level, with the vitamins and the medications.”