Ways to Cure a Hangover
Brent Montecillo (The Freeman) - January 1, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines -  Some people were probably lucky the day after Christmas. The effects of the booze on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day may have been dulled by good company. For it’s true that physical discomforts often become ignorable amid the warm company of dear relatives and friends.

But such ‘warm company’ might not be there anymore in the New Year. Dear relatives and friends would have already gone home to greet the New Year with their own circle of loved ones. So whatever aftereffects from the New Year celebrations there might be, there’s no escaping it now.

How many times last night did someone say the drinking was to wash down the rich, greasy food taken during the series of holidays? But how bottles did it have to take to wash it all down clean? Anyways, for sure the guy is now suffering from the effects of such cleanup – hangover!

At the website https://ca.style.yahoo.com, Jessica Ankomah shares proven ways to enjoy a night of drinking without the consequential hangover – and to effectively cure a hangover that has slipped precaution.

Limit alcohol intake.

Sounds like a no-brainer, yet so many people fail to factor in the most obvious of cures: Drink in moderation. A study of more than 100 young adults on vacation has found that those who drank more heavily were more likely to suffer from a hangover, with 68 percent of heavy drinkers reporting symptoms of fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, thirst and sensitivity to light or sound.

Avoid drinks with congeners.

Congeners are toxic chemical byproducts that form in the process of ethanol fermentation, where sugars are converted into carbon dioxide and ethanol, also known as alcohol. Basically, they’re substances, other than the desired type of alcohol, produced during fermentation.

Studies have found that consuming drinks with a high amount of congeners could increase the severity of a hangover. Congeners may also slow down the metabolism and cause prolonged symptoms.

Drinks that are low in congeners include vodka, gin and rum, with vodka containing almost no congeners at all. While tequila, whiskey and cognac are all high in congeners, with bourbon whiskey containing the highest amount.

Eat a nutritious breakfast.

Eating a good breakfast is one of the most tried and trusted ways to combat a hangover. That’s because eating a full, healthy breakfast can help put blood sugar levels in check. While low blood sugars aren’t a direct cause of hangovers, they can contribute to symptoms of fatigue, nausea and tiredness.

Sleep, sleep and more sleep.

Giving the body a chance to recover is very important. While lack of sleep does not cause a hangover, it can make symptoms worse. Migraines and irritability can become intensified by a lack of sleep. So it’s advisable to grab a glass of water and get to bed.

Stay hydrated.

Fill a cup to the brim – then double it. Alcohol can lead to dehydration in more than one way, which is, effectively, what a hangover is. Not only does excessive drinking speed up the production of urine, but it may lead to vomiting – leading to a further loss of fluids and electrolytes.

A good rule of thumb when drinking is to alternate between a glass of water between each drink. This technique will not only keep one hydrated, but it will help moderate the alcohol intake.

Have a drink the next morning. 

Affectionately known as “hair of the dog,” many people swear by the technique as hangover remedy. It’s largely based on anecdotal evidence, but there are some signs that support theories that having a drink the next morning can ease a hangover.

This is because drinking alcohol changes the way our bodies process intake – and a drink the next day could help the toxins from the night before leave the body more readily.

In a capsule, the best way to deal with a hangover is to avoid it, in the first place. And this is can be done by drinking responsibly – if drinking can’t be avoided.

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