James Bond can drink martinis ad nauseam, and vanquish the villains without slurring a word. After a few drinks, I'm more likely to make an embarrassing faux pas, but both of us would appreciate advice on Hangovers.
There's probably no such thing as a hangover "cure", but there are some methods to help you fight the toxic effects created by a bout of drinking.
There's sporadic scientific evidence for the remedies suggested here, but please consult any appropriate health experts before adhering to these methods. I will stake claim to a suggestion listed here. If you have a hangover, then do some mild exercise after hydrating yourself. For me this works as well as anything, but I haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere.
In the spirit of the season here is a list of hangover remedies for your holiday party survival:
- Drink lots of water before and after sleep (unless you are on medically prescribed fluid restriction). Sports drinks (not energy drinks) may
be a good alternative as well since they contain sugars, and
- Take a shower or bath after a drinking bout.
- Ingest sweet foods that contain fructose (helps the body metabolize alcohol).
- Do some mild exercise, or take a brisk walk (stimulates the
- Vitamin B complex tablet (within recommended daily dose).
- Cysteine (within recommended dose) as it counteracts
acetaldehyde - a by-product of alcohol metabolism.
- Vitamin C for its antioxidant effects.
- Be wary of headache pills as some (tylenol/acetaminophen) can
increase the risk of liver damage in conjunction with alcohol,
and some (ibuprofen, aspirin) can cause gastric irritation.
If you can enjoy the holidays without drinking - Congratulations! It's questionable whether anyone should drive with a hangover, but don't drink and drive!
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