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Hangovers are usually a pain, causing a person to feel nauseous, dehydrated, lethargic, and most of the time, a victim of a really big headache. The culprit responsible for all these symptoms is the same stuff that makes one enjoy alcohol: Ethyl alcohol. Ethyl alcohol makes the drinker happy when he or she is consuming alcohol, and sad the next day, as the body is trying to get rid of all the poisons induced through too much drinking.
The good news is, hangovers are not only curable but they are also preventable. One of the most important cures to hangover also prevents it from happening: water. Usually, people do not consume the recommended intake of about three liters a day, thus leading to dehydration which causes headaches. Make it a goal to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and monitor yourself by tallying how much you have already consumed.
Another way to prevent hangovers is to eat a big, fatty meal. While this is not an entirely healthy option especially if it will be done all the time, the fat from eating a greasy meal like cheeseburger and fries slows down the absorption of alcohol, giving the body ample time to process out the bad toxins.
Hangovers can be avoided when drinking. Drink water or a non-fizzy soft drink in every two drinks to slow down the consumption of alcohol. If possible, avoid carbonated or fizzy alcoholic beverages as these kinds speed up the flow of alcohol to the blood, making one drunk faster.
Should one wake up with a hangover the next day, the safest and most reliable cure is to drink plenty of water. Water re-hydrates the body, replenishing lost nutrients and flushing away the toxins. Fresh fruits or fruit juices are also a big help as they are rich in electrolytes such as vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is important as it speeds up metabolism, helping our bodies rid itself of alcoholic effects more quickly. Eating foods rich in antioxidants such as lemons, oranges, broccoli, leafy green vegetables can help livers and kidneys to function properly as these foods are high in antioxidants and rich in vitamin C. Try to avoid beverages with caffeine such as coffee and cola—they can cause more dehydration instead of helping the body recover.
When headaches begin or the nauseous feeling is overwhelming, it is tempting to take painkillers to relieve the pain. Try to avoid them, as painkillers will not help your liver—it will only stress it out more as the liver may treat the medicine as an enemy.
Some might say that drinking again will cure hangovers, but this might not be effective for most people. Having another beer or a shot will just postpone recovery time for the body, and may further stress out the liver by giving it more alcohol to process instead of helping it function properly. Instead of reaching for another drink, go out and get some fresh air, or get some rest.
The best way to really avoid a hangover is to drink moderately. Do not drink more alcohol if you already feel woozy. Always remember how awful a hangover feels—this way, you’ll really avoid drinking too much.