Monday, 31 December 2012 09:03

Hangover Cures: Easing the pain

Written by Bioharmony
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‘Tis the season to be jolly… and that usually means endless social functions and general overindulgence.

Let’s face it, eating and drinking is synonymous with this time of year – and it’s not without its repercussions. The most immediate consequence is the omnipotent hangover… and it’s unavoidable. Don’t worry though; we have a few handy tips to help lesson the pain (at least a little).

When you drink too much alcohol, your body becomes dehydrated and there’s a depletion of vitamins A, B (especially B6) and C. The tips below are aimed at helping your body get back to its “happy place” by rehydrating and replacing the lacking vitamins.


If you’re reading this before your big night out, then try to ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the night. A good system is to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume.

Try to drink a lot of water before going to bed to prevent the symptoms of dehydration and to wash out the alcohol from your system. Continue to drink water throughout the day after.

This is by far the most effective way of dealing with a hangover.


After you’ve rehydrated yourself, get as much sleep as possible.


Try to replenish the vitamins your body has lost. Take a good multivitamin or take Vitamin C and Vitamin B specifically.

Sports drinks

Sports drinks like Gatorade or Powerade replace electrolytes and glucose.


Fruit will give you the energy and vitamins your body needs. Bananas in particular are most effective as they are high in potassium and magnesium, which will help your pounding head.

Greasy food

There is no scientific proof to confirm that this works – in fact, adding all those fats and carbohydrates to your already sensitive tummy should make you feel worse. But it doesn’t. We recommend cold pizza from the night before but many people swear by your typical Wimpy breakfast.

In addition to the things you should do, here are a few things you should not do:

  • Don’t drink coffee. It’s a diuretic and that will only dehydrate you further.
  • Forget about the Hair of the Dog. Drinking more will only delay the inevitable.

Most importantly, pace yourself when you drink and be sure to use a taxi service if you’re too intoxicated to drive.

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