Hangovers – who hasn’t had them? You go to a party, have a good time, the beer is great but at some point you switch to cocktails, which are better and some idiot friend of yours (if not drunk-you) ends up having the glorious idea of shots, which will never end well. I remember one of these evenings where a friend brought along tequila, which basically is my nemesis, but I still drank it. She didn’t and in my perfect drunk logic I figured that it would be a waste of money if i didn’t finish hers as well. Needless to say that I felt like killing myself the next morning – without actually having the force to go through with it.
What makes hangovers even worse is when you’ve actually got stuff to do, this means that you end up perceiving your surroundings as incredibly annoying. I would probably even scream at someone offering me a free cookie whilst i had a hangover.
But the really stupid thing is that there are a few easy ways to stop yourself from having one, or at least reducing it! Most of the time, you just end up not knowing them or you aren’t aware of them.
So: why do we even get a hangover? – when we drink alcohol, especially when we drink too much of it, our body is drained from water and electrolytes. Simple dehydration is the main reason for your headache, dry mouth and despicable mood.
Instead of compensating with painkillers the next morning, try drinking some water in between your alcohol consumption or latest a few glasses when you get home. You will have to force yourself, but its worth it. There are also amazing supplements in drug stores that you can take before going to bed. Best are Oral Rehydration Solutions (ORS) – which usually come in powder form and are used by athletes or heavily dehydrated people. They contain all the necessary electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, phosphate and bicarbonates. Try it out and you will notice how much better you will feel on the next morning!
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