Eating Food And Drinking Water Might Not Be Your Hangover Answer
The cure for the hangover is a long sought treatment, but unfortunately studies have shown that even the methods we thought were previously effective may not be working as well as we thought they were. One example of this is through a study which tested the result of food and water during drinking and after in terms of hangover symptoms. What they found was that there was not a significant difference in those who ate or drank water when compared to those who did not while consuming alcohol. Medical News Today quotes Dr. Verster, a lead researcher in the study, writing: “Up to now the only thing that is effective to prevent hangovers is to consume alcohol in moderation. Water may help against thirst and dry mouth but other hangover symptoms (e.g. nausea) persist. Dehydration is an effect of alcohol, but not the cause of the hangover. It’s more likely that the immune system is involved.”
Water is still being encouraged to try and keep dehydration from setting in and alcohol poisoning from becoming as prominent a factor, but overall the consumption of water will not protect against spinning rooms, sore heads, or nausea following a drinking binge. Quite similar to the campaign for safe sex, the only way to avoid a hangover entirely is through abstinence.
Sleeping It Off
If you do find that hangover symptoms are making you feel a little worse for the wear, there is one way that you can ease off some of the pain and nausea; sleep. You may find that as you age it takes more and more sleep to completely renew your body from a bad drinking experience. Sometimes more than one day of napping and a few good nights of sleep are required to shake the residual cloudiness. The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains: “Recovery from a hangover is usually just a matter of time. Most hangovers are gone within 24 hours. Electrolyte solutions (sports drinks) and bouillon soup are good for replacing the salt and potassium you lose from drinking alcohol. Get plenty of rest. Even if you feel good the morning after heavy drinking, the lasting effects of alcohol reduce your ability to perform at your best.
There are electrolyte solutions which are created for morning sickness that can also help renew some of your natural potassium and salt. This can be quite helpful in making your body feel balanced again after losing so much essential nutrients through the process which follows an overindulgence. Vomiting and diarrhea, which sometimes accompany hangovers can leave you feeling weak and drain you of liquids and nutrients.
Don’t Treat Alcohol With More Alcohol
One thing that has long been heard from alcohol drinkers is that drinking more will help cure a hangover. Contrary to popular belief, this will not help rid you of a hangover, although it may mask some symptoms but also prolong them due to a reintroduction of the drunken state. This cure seems only to work in movies, or old pirate tales. Health.com suggests the following based on Dr. Cutler’s advice to the site regarding the “hair of the dog” cure: “The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic, Dr. Cutler explains, and you need to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.”
Because drinking alcohol is like slowly poisoning your body, too much can lead to extreme illness and in some cases death. Drinking in moderation is an important tactic to avoid hangovers and to remain healthy and well. In some extreme cases of dehydration and poisoning due to too much alcohol, hospitals will admit patients and utilize an IV to provide them with the liquid nourishment needed to balance nutrients and hydration levels. Many who experience a hangover for the first time wonder if they should be hospitalized when symptoms occur. If you are unsure, you may want to seek medical attention just in case.
Unproven Hangover Aids
Among the many other hangover treatments, apart from drinking more alcohol, eating greasy food, and drinking a lot of water, there are plenty more which don’t work the way you might assume. Cold showers, hot coffee, sipping tea, imbibing energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages, and walking outside in the fresh air may perk you up a little after a heavy night of drinking, but they will not sober you or rush away a hangover.
If you find that your hangover is hanging on much longer than normal, there is blood in your waste or vomit, or you experience unusual symptoms after drinking heavily, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Depending on your medical history, large quantities of alcohol could have a negative effect on your system even more so than the standard illness felt by many.
If you have liver problems, heart problems, or suffer from stomach issues such as ulcers your doctor may encourage you not to drink in large quantities. If you are on any medications or suffer from diabetes you may not be able to drink alcohol at all. Always confirm with your doctor if you are unsure as to whether or not a condition or medication will mesh well with alcohol. It is better to avoid a hangover altogether than wind up damaging something internally, or causing a poor reaction with your medication.
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