The Hangover Part II

As a follow up to last week’s post on why hangovers happen, here are some strategies to manage the morning after.  When in doubt, it is best to limit consumption to one drink for women and two drinks for men.

Hangover Helper Tips

#1: What’s Your Tolerance? You know what it is.  Try to limit the serving size.  If you notice the bartender has a heavy hand, count the drink as a double.  See the picture to the left as a reference.

#2: Hydration is Your Middle Name. Before, during and after drinking alcohol, it is important to keep hydrating.  Have at least one cup of water or club soda in between drinks, since alcohol is a diuretic (increases urination) and can lead to dehydration.  This behavior of constant hydrating can limit the headaches associated with hangovers.

#3: Eat Something! Any food in the belly will slow down the rate of absorption.  Since the liver needs about an hour to metabolize one drink, eating food will allow the alcohol to stay inside of the stomach for longer.  Read the previous post to understand this mechanism. Some ideas include having sushi, sliders, or any combination of a starch with a little fat and protein.  What not to have: a low or no-carb snack such as raw veggies and dip.

#4: Include Electrolytes and Vitamins. Alcohol both dehydrates and depletes body stores of fluids and electrolytes, especially B-vitamins.  Having a diluted sports drink (like gatorade’s G2) and, according to the Harvard School of Public Health’s Nutrition Source, taking a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folate may help since alcohol moderately depletes stores.

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