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What Helps a Hangover?

A hangover is a set of physical and emotional symptoms that happen after heavy alcohol consumption and can happen whether a person drinks one too many drinks for his or her body to metabolize, oftentimes after a bout of binge drinking.

How Much Is Too Much?

The amount of alcohol consumed to cause a hangover varies for everyone. Two or three drinks can do it for one person while some chronic heavy drinkers never suffer a hangover. The body metabolizes one beer, one glass of wine or one shot over 60 to 75 minutes.

The standard theory for a hangover is: The more alcohol consumed and the longer the period of time a person drinks, the more severe the hangover symptoms will be.

Hangover Symptoms

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lists the symptoms of a hangover as:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Thirst
  • Headache and muscle aches
  • Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Tremors or shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Rapid pulse
  • Poor sleep
  • Bloodshot eyes

Symptoms usually start a few hours after a person stops drinking alcohol and peak when the blood alcohol level drops significantly or returns to zero. They can last for a few hours to 24 hours.

Hangover Prevention

The severity of a hangover is based upon several factors:

  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Type of alcohol
  • The duration of drinking–the longer period of time a person drinks, the more severe the symptoms

The basic preventive measure for a hangover is to drink less alcohol. Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all.

A few tips to prevent a hangover include:

  • Limit drinks to one every hour
  • Eat before drinking alcohol
  • Alternate a glass of water or other non-alcoholic beverage with each beer or alcoholic drink to prevent dehydration and limit the alcohol consumption

Hangover Remedies

Generally, hangovers resolve on their own with time. What works for one person as a remedy for a hangover might not work for another. Some remedies include:

  • Sleep as much as possible
  • Rehydrate by drinking a lot of water
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Drink orange juice for vitamin C
  • Eat high protein foods
  • Shower, alternating hot and cold water
  • Take Alka Seltzer Morning Relief, specifically for hangovers
  • Gentle exercise
  • Take a multivitamin with vitamin B
  • Drink a Virgin Mary
  • Pickle juice is a common Polish remedy
  • Caution should be taken with Tylenol and Ibuprofen for headaches and aches and pains; Tylenol can cause liver damage and Ibuprofen can damage the stomach lining

Foods to Help a Hangover

There is no miracle meal to cure a hangover. It is important to eat light and stay hydrated. It is important to eat high protein and high mineral foods and those that are easy to digest like toast and cereal. Specific foods that might help a hangover include:

  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Spinach
  • Eggs
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Crackers or toast with honey
  • Oats
  • Tomatoes

Drinks that help include:

  • Water
  • Sports drinks
  • Coconut water
  • Peppermint tea
  • Fruit juice
  • Pickle juice

Foods to avoid include:

  • Greasy breakfast, although some people say it works
  • Coffee
  • Orange juice

If someone experiences hangovers frequently, that can be a sign of alcohol addiction. Frequent binge drinking and not knowing when to stop or what your body can handle might indicate a deeper problem. Alcohol treatment options include detox, therapy, treatment centers, and support groups.

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