HangOver First Aid 911
Because an enjoyable evening should not have to turn into a regrettable one!
Not drinking is the only way to truly prevent a hangover. Under age drinking is illegal and dangerous. Never drink and drive. This kit contains aspirin. Information given here is for entertainment purposes and is not to be considered medical advice.
Always consult your physician before taking any over the counter medications or dietary supplements.
Eat a full meal. Fatty foods eaten before drinking can line the stomach and slow alcohol absorption. Get hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and take a multi-vitamin.
Set The Pace
Your body can comfortably process about one drink an hour.
Try to drink a glass of water to every alcoholic drink consumed to maintain hydration.
Stick with one type of drink, don't mix! If you do feel like trying something different, stick within the same alcohol family.
Liquor then beer you're in the clear. Beer then liquor you've never been sicker. The carbonation in beer increases the rate of alcohol absorption. Drinking beer before liquor speeds the absorption of these higher alcohol content drinks often leading to trouble.
Eating carbohydrates and starches while drinking can slow alcohol absorption.
In The Clear
Clear drinks like vodka, white wine and light beers have fewer congeners than darker ones. Congeners are a bi-product of fermentation and are widely attributed to hangovers.
Money = Happiness
Expensive alcohols have better filtration than cheaper ones and tend to have fewer congeners. If it's in a plastic bottle beware!
Down The Drain
Alcohol produces chemical changes in the body causing your kidneys to filter out water instead of re-circulating it back into your system. This causes frequent urination and dehydration. You also lose salts, electrolytes, sugars, potassium and water-soluble vitamins including vitamins B and C, all of which contribute to hangover severity.
Re-hydrate, water, water, water! Have a sports drink to replace electrolytes and salts. Try to drink three glasses of water to every glass of sports drink. Also take a multi-vitamin to replace nutrients you lost.
A good breakfast can help settle your stomach and replace sugars and salts. Fatty foods are a good idea before drinking but if eaten after they can surprisingly cause more stomach irritation. Eggs are a good choice because they contain cysteine, which eases hangovers. Bananas and fruit juices are also recommended.
While caffeine many temporarily reduce fatigue and headache, it's a diuretic and will dehydrate you even more. You'll end up feeling even worse when its effects wear off.
When your body metabolizes alcohol, elevated levels of prostaglandin are produced which contribute to hangovers. Aspirin is a prostaglandin inhibitor and can reduce hangover symptoms of headache, nausea and thirst. Alta-Seltzer® also contains aspirin. Pure Aspirin is better than Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. Also avoid Iburprofen such as Motrin.
Sleep Sleep Sleep
Alcohol consumption inhibits your body's glutamine production, which is a natural stimulant. While you try to sleep your body starts over producing glutamine causing restlessness, anxiety and elevated blood pressures.
All of this prevents you from reaching a deep sleep and results in fatigue the next day adding to your hangover. Taking an early nap after re-hydrating the next morning will help tremendously.