The festive season is just around the corner giving us plenty of time to overindulge and have that dreaded hangover ruin holiday fun. These 5 simple tips are perfect for avoiding the hangover and enjoying the season to the fullest.
Drink Lots Of Water
One of the main causes of a hangover is dehydration. Alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated very quickly. Staying hydrated is therefore essential to avoiding a hangover.
Drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage will help you stay hydrated. This will also prevent you from getting far too drunk far too fast. This is an especially important for women who have a lower tolerance for alcohol, metabolize alcohol differently to men and have a lower body weight. Moderation is Key
Drinking in moderation is key to avoiding the symptoms of overindulging in alcohol. This does not mean that you shouldn't enjoy multiple beverages but rather that you should have fewer drinks over a longer period of time.
One drink every hour or so is recommended to reduce the effects of a hangover the next day. So, sip a long drink slowly rather than indulging in multiple shots which will have a greater negative impact. Combine this tip with drinking lots of water and you should feel perky and energized in the morning.
Don't Mix Your Drinks
If possible, stick to one type of alcoholic beverage for an entire evening. Mixing different beverages can increase the effects of a hangover. If you absolutely cannot avoid mixing and drinking a few shots between long drinks, try as much as possible to limit the variety. The greater the variety, the more likely that you will have a hangover.
Look After Your Liver
Alcohol is metabolized in the liver and overindulging can have huge short- and long-term health consequences. So, take a liver tonic or supplement before you start indulging and give your liver the protection it needs to cope with the excess.
If you forgot to take a tonic before drinking do so after you have indulged. This may also assist in preventing a hangover. Milk Thistle is a great natural supplement that will help your liver. There are a wide variety of other natural and synthetic supplements and medications available at your local drug store.
Vitamin C and Magnesium
Most people are unaware that they may be magnesium deficient. If you are experience severe hangovers that last for days combined with muscle spasms or cramps, it may be due to a lack of magnesium. Take a magnesium supplement before drinking to assist your body in metabolizing the alcohol faster and more effectively. Combined with Vitamin C, this is also a very effective hangover remedy or cure.
Prevention is always better than cure and following these tips should prevent the symptoms of a hangover affecting you. Keep in mind that a hangover is a sign that your liver and body have taken strain and are being damaged by your alcohol consumption.