How to Get Rid of a Hangover
Ahh, hangovers. The lazy, red-eyed, regrettable state of being that we all love to hate. The partying is over, the sun is up, and you’ve got to get to class in 15 minutes…or to work…or to meet your girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Why does it seem like we’re most hungover when we have something important to do? I can tell you that the easiest way to avoid hangovers is to not drink at all, but who would listen? Luckily, I can also tell you plenty of ways to get rid of your hangover fast and effectively. You’ll be back to drinkin’ in no time!
More Fluids = Less Hungover
You should always have a glass or bottle of water next to your bed for the morning. Knock this back as soon as you wake up so you can begin to rehydrate yourself. You should also have a drink with some sugar in it, such as a Gatorade (a favorite among most college students for eliminating hangovers). These fluids will not only rehydrate you, but will also replenish the fluids and sugars lost from last night’s drinking. They’ll jumpstart your body and give you the energy you need to get moving.
Clean Yourself, You Filthy Animal
Hop in the shower as soon as you wake up and spend an extra few minutes in there getting clean. The feeling of water on your body will wake you up and raise your alertness. Further, being so fresh and so clean will make you feel that much better about yourself, ready to face whatever you have to do for the day with a clear mind.
Take Some Medicine
I personally stay away from any sort of medication in the morning to get rid of my hangovers, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective. On the rare occasion I do pop a pill, it’s usually Excedrin – the combination of acetaminophen and caffeine works better than any other medication I’ve ever used to get rid of a hangover. Multivitamins, which you should be taking everyday anyway, will also help to get rid of a hangover by supplying your body with essential vitamins to optimize your body’s daily functions.
Get Some Food in You
Depending on how hungover you are, you’ll want to get some food in you as soon as possible. If you’re extremely hungover, the thought of food will probably disgust you; eat anyway! In this case, start with something light such as an apple or banana. Getting food in your body is essential to getting rid of your hangover as soon as possible. A lot of people actually prefer soup, because the extra sodium in it replaces all the salt that your body lost as a result of alcohol the night before.
Stay Up Later
What?! Stay up later? Won’t this make me more tired and hungover? Well, if you stay up later and continue drinking, yes. If you stay up for an extra hour or so, drink water, and eat some food, your hangover will be much less. This method has always worked wonders for me and I would highly recommend it any time you’re out drinking.
More and more I’ve been hearing about these cure-all pills for hangovers. My general feeling is that you can most definitely do without them. They’re most likely a combination of some of the methods I’ve written about in this guide; so you can have the same effect without them. The risk you take is buying these pills and having them not work and all and losing money, while the natural methods I’ve listed are safe, cheap, and proven to work time and time again!