How to tackle that hang­over

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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.

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