Medicine has come a long way over the last few years. Surgeons can clone sheep and have developed hypoallergenic kittens.
Doctors have learned how to manage HIV and are pushing the boundaries of treatment for a myriad different chronic diseases. The one thing society has not yet come to terms with, however, is how to cure a hangover.
If a hangover is to be viewed as an illness, it is up there with ‘Flu as a debilitating and demoralising state. It makes the mouth feel like the bottom of a bird cage, and leaves the sufferer’s body feeling as if he had undergone ten rounds in a boxing ring the night before, without having the associated cash bonus that accompanies such activities. It leaves the eyes puffy and red, a monstrous headache, and a stomach so fragile that even the thought of food makes it churn like a merry-go-round. No-one sympathises with a hangover, as it is self-inflicted, and yet the symptoms can often be worse than a terrible cold.
Common Myths About Cures
Through time, there have been a number of myths surrounding the best possible ways to cure a hangover and get the sufferer up and about again. The most common one is the ‘Hair of the Dog’. Most people agree that if the hangover sufferer can face it, a swift drink can ease symptoms and get people up on their feet again and feeling relatively human once more. However, while a drink will offer some temporary relief, the last thing a body drenched in alcohol really needs is a top up. The Hair of the Dog will leave the sufferer feeling even worse after a few hours, and is best avoided if possible.
Other Cures which are Sworn by Include:
- A can of Coke and a banana
- A raw egg beaten in to milk
- A huge fried breakfast from a greasy spoon cafe
- Total abstinence.
All of these cures have their merits. Abstinence, of course, is the best way to avoid a hangover, but who really wants to stop drinking completely? It is only after the effects have taken place and the evening is over that people swear never to drink again, after all! Coke, banana, egg and milk all help too, as does the breakfast if it can be stomached, as anything which peps up blood sugar levels can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms. However, there are some foolproof ways of beating the hangover once and for all.
How to Avoid a Hangover Completely
The following rules will keep the drinker safe from the Morning After effects, while ensuring a good evening:
- Eat a decent meal before going out, and line the stomach with milk if possible before drinking
- Take regular breaks from alcoholic drinks, alternating with water
- Do not mix drinks – stick to one type
- Avoid neat shots such as Tequila or Vodka like the plague!
- Drink at least a pint of water before bed, to avoid dehydration
- Eat, if possible, before bed to keep blood sugar levels high
- Drink less alcohol!
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Take two Paracetamol upon waking, if symptoms are still present.
Obviously, drinking responsibly and in moderation is the best way to avoid feeling rough in the morning following a good night out. However, sticking to the tips above should assist the party-goer to have a safe, hangover-free and altogether superb evening out.