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Hangovers are not fun and, in some cases, can render it impossible to get out of bed. A hangover is defined as unpleasant symptoms that occur after drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The symptoms vary in type and severity from person to person, but the most common ones include fatigue, headache, nausea, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity and dizziness.

The fastest and most effective way to recover from a hangover is a highly debated topic. Some swear by a greasy breakfast and others claim a copious amount of water is the only solution. While the science is still out on a lot of remedies, here a few that have had some success in helping people recover the morning after.

Water: According to the experts at House Call Doctor, alcohol causes dehydration by increasing urination and causing vomiting if too much is consumed. Some of symptoms of dehydration include headache, fatigue and dizziness. To combat these, alternate between water and alcohol when drinking and have plenty of water throughout the day afterwards. Drinking electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade has not been shown to be any more beneficial for hangover recovery than water.

 

Breakfast: Your liver gets a workout when you’ve been drinking alcohol and is still working hours after you’ve had your last beverage. This means that in most cases it is too busy metabolising the alcohol to regulate your blood sugar levels properly. Eating something as simple as toast or crackers can help stabilise your blood sugar levels and alleviate fatigue and irritability.

 

Coffee: While coffee may make you feel more alert when you go to work that morning, it won’t have any lasting benefits. Caffeine can both cause headaches and treat them depending on the person, so it’s more of a personal preference as to whether or not a cup of coffee will be a helping hand.  

 

More alcohol: Consuming more alcohol or ‘hair of the dog’ to try and cure a hangover is not going to help. It will make the body even more dehydrated and will just put off the inevitable – the hangover.

 

Sleep: High levels of alcohol and the sugar it contains can cause disrupted sleep and decreased sleep quality. While this does not cause the hangover itself, it does worsen the symptoms and can lead to fatigue, headache and irritability. So, if possible, go back to bed – when you wake up from a nap, your symptoms will be far more bearable.

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