Having a night out with friends is fun but drinking too much alcohol leads to uncomfortable consequences, which we all want to avoid. Here are six tips that will help you prevent a hangover.
1 EAT ENOUGH
After-work drinks and office parties often start on an empty stomach—the fastest way to having a hangover. Food slows down the absorption of alcohol, giving your body time to process it. Before drinking it’s a good idea to have something fatty to eat as this will line your stomach. As a quick snack, eat toast with peanut butter, some cheese or a handful of nuts.
2 AVOID DARK DRINKS
Red wine may be top of the list for antioxidants, but dark drinks are also the worst for hangovers, due to their concentration of congeners (by-products of fermentation). According to a Danish study, red wine and whisky are the worst for causing severe hangovers. Remember that clear liquors are kinder on your head. Check what effect different types of alcoholic drinks have on your body.
3 DON’T MIX
Folk wisdom warns against mixing your drinks. And for good reason. Carbonated drinks lead to alcohol being absorbed faster, so drinking a beer after a glass of wine is going to send you hurtling toward a hangover quickly.
4 DRINK WATER
A simple rule: a glass of alcohol, a glass of water. Alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water as this will help you stay one step ahead of the headache. If you’ve been on your bike during the day, ensure you rehydrate properly afterwards. Never start drinking alcohol in a dehydrated state. Chocolate milk has been proven to provide the optimal carbohydrate-to-protein ratio and is a great natural rehydration fluid due to its sodium and sugar content.
5 DON’T SMOKE
Alcohol reduces inhibitions, which may make you think a cigarette won’t matter, but that’s where you’re wrong. Smoking only makes the hangover worse because the chemicals from the cigarettes exacerbate the effects of alcohol.
6 DRINK WATER BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP
A big glass of water before going to bed will make a huge difference in helping to prevent waking up with throbbing temples. Add a splash of squash and a pinch of salt, which will help restore fluids.