How to tackle that hangover
ALCOHOL can disrupt the hormones that regulate our biological clock, which may be why a hangover can feel like jet lag, and vice versa. Alcohol can also trigger migraines, so some people may think they’re hungover when it’s really an alcohol-induced migraine they’re suffering. However, according to Healthbeat, the newsletter of Harvard Health Publishing, there are some things we can do to help alleviate the pain of a hangover.
Drink fluids. Alcohol promotes ■ urination because it inhibits the release of vasopressin, a hormone that decreases the volume of urine made by the kidneys which can lead to dehydration. And, if your hangover includes diarrhoea, sweating, or vomiting, you may be even more dehydrated. So although nausea can make it difficult to get anything down, even just a few sips of water might help.
Try some carbs. Drinking al■ cohol can lower blood sugar levels, so it’s possible that the fatigue and headaches of a hangover may result from a brain working without enough of its main fuel. Many people also forget to eat when they drink, something which can further reduce their blood sugar levels. So eating carbohydrates like some toast, with a glass of juice, is a way of getting blood sugar levels back to normal.
Try taking some aspirin, ibuprofen ■ or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These may help with the headache and the overall achy feelings.
Drink tea or coffee. Although ■ caffeine may not have any special anti-hangover powers, it is a stimulant and so can help with the grogginess. However, remember that coffee is a diuretic so don’t overdo it as it may exacerbate dehydration.