Hangover, in medical term, is usually the result of excessive alcohol consumption. It occurs in 6 to 8 hours after the consumption of alcohol when the alcohol level in the blood began to descend and reaches a maximum when alcohol becomes zero. About 75% of people who consume a large amount of alcohol will experience at least two symptoms: headache, nausea, diarrhea, lack of appetite, tiredness and a general feeling of malaise. It is also frequently accompanied by tachycardia (heart rate runaway) of orthostasis (a fall in blood pressure when you get up) and visual and spatial confusion.
While the liver works to digest and remove the alcohol, the body is dehydrated. Hence the recommendation to drink plenty of water. Well hydrated before, during and after the consumption of alcohol helps to dilute the toxins, reduce irritation to the stomach and reload the fluids.
There is no miracle cure for hangovers, but some gestures can help spend less painful eve of tomorrow.
Relieve a hangover
Once the damage is done, we drink water, we rest and following these tips.
- Drinking plenty of water. Sports drinks can also help to restore the balance of minerals. Tomato juice is also recommended for its vitamin C content
- Eat, even without hunger. Avoid highly acidic foods rich in fat. Opt instead for foods containing fructose (fruit jam or honey) or a savory broth with crackers or toast.
- Avoid coffee irritates the stomach and worsens dehydration, as well as products containing caffeine (chocolate, cola drinks, etc.).
- To relieve headache, prefer ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin or generic) that irritates the stomach and acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic Atasol) that too would seek the liver .
- Sleep away from the noise in dim light.
- Avoid alcohol. The relief it provides will be passenger.
- Avoid pharmaceutical preparations sold to combat hangover: some contain caffeine or acetylsalicylic acid.
Moderation is the only effective prevention against hangovers, but it can reduce the symptoms with these precautions:
- Drinking plenty of water. During the evening, alternating glasses of water and alcohol and take two large glasses of water before bed.
- Before the party, eat foods rich in fat. The slow absorption of fatty alcohol and protect the tissues of the digestive tract against inflammation caused by acid which is produced during the digestion of alcohol. Eating does not lower the blood alcohol level, but slows the absorption of alcohol, especially if you consume protein.
- Take breaks to snack, avoiding salty foods that encourage drinking more.
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of juice, avoiding highly acidic juice. Because alcohol destroys vitamin C, can u add some lemon juice in water.
- Avoid mixing different types of alcoholic beverages. Choose white wine rather than red, white spirits (vodka, gin, white rum, etc.) rather than those that are colored (cognac, whiskey, amber or dark rum, etc.).
- Avoid fizzy alcoholic beverages and cocktails that contain soda or soft drink. Bubbles accelerate the effects of alcohol.
- Smoke aggravates the headache and dehydration, as well as noise and flashing lights.
- Coffee or cold showers do not sober up. They can at best counter the sedative effect of alcohol.
- Dance or sweat does not favor the elimination of alcohol. Only time account.
What are your tips to beat Holiday hangovers?