Alcohol plays a role in many people’s social lives. They enjoy wine with a nice dinner, meet for happy hour, and drink beer at sporting events, but sometimes people simply overdo it. Younger folks may be more inclined to drink to excess intentionally for a night out with friends, but people of any age can get carried away or lose track of how much they have consumed. Plus, as they age, many find they can’t handle their liquor quite as well as they did when they were younger. Binge drinking is never healthy, but there are ways to combat the terrible symptoms of a hangover.
1) Drink Water
Alcohol is dehydrating, so water is best used as a preventative measure to hangovers. Once you wake up the morning, after a bender, with your head pounding, water will only do so much to improve how you feel. Start the evening hydrated and drink water between alcoholic beverages. The scientific jury is still out regarding how much of a direct effect the water has on a hangover, but at the very least, it will help decrease the overall amount of alcohol consumed. Plus, even though some recent studies in Australia, Netherlands, and Canada have indicated that drinking water is not as effective against morning-after headaches and nausea as once thought, it does seem to help with that unpleasant thirst and dry-mouth feeling that takes an unpleasant situation and makes it even worse.
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