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via Health.com

The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But it’s often easy to overindulge.

Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated. If you still wind up with a hangover, you may be inclined to try one of the many supposedly tried-and-true remedies.

However, traditional hangover remedies are often ineffective, and some of them may actually make you feel worse.


Oh man, that's crazy. Let's read on.

Even though the thought of a Bloody Mary may appeal to you, a Virgin Mary is a much better choice the morning after. "The worst thing to do is to have another drink," says Charles Cutler, MD, an internist in Norristown, Pa., and the chair of the American College of Physicians' board of governors.

The alcohol may temporarily help your symptoms but could hurt in the long run. Hangovers make you feel horrible because alcohol is toxic, Dr. Cutler explains, and you need to give your body a chance to recover. That morning drink could lead to an even worse hangover the following day.


Looks like the hair of the dog is out.

There’s no scientific evidence that a heaping helping of bacon and eggs will ease hangover anguish, even though many people swear by it. "Greasy food is just going to give you heartburn," says Dr. Cutler, who recommends sticking with easy-to-digest foods such as toast or cereal. "You want to get calories right back into your system."

Eat light and stay hydrated, agrees John Brick, PhD, an alcohol research scientist and author of The Doctor’s Hangover Handbook. "No specific foods are recommended, although honey sandwiches are helpful to some people," Brick says.


Honey Sandwich? That was my prison name.

Alka-Seltzer turns 80 in 2011, and the famous fizzy medicine has probably been used to treat hangovers for nearly that long. In 2001, the company even introduced a Morning Relief formulation specifically for hangovers.

All Alka-Seltzer varieties contain sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), which will help settle a queasy belly by neutralizing stomach acid. Still, other ingredients, notably aspirin and citric acid, may irritate your stomach after a night of heavy drinking.


Yikes, way to date yourself, article.

There are lots of hangover "cures" in a bottle out there—such as Chaser, PreToxx, and RU 21—but very little evidence to back up claims. "Hangover pills that have been studied are not effective, or only help against a few complaints…but not all," says Joris C. Verster, PhD, an assistant professor of psychopharmacology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, who studies hangovers.

A 2005 review article in the journal BMJ identified eight peer-reviewed, placebo-controlled studies of hangover remedies, and concluded that "no compelling evidence exists" to support their use.

Dr. Cutler suggests taking a multivitamin instead to restore the nutrients your body may have lost during a binge.


Big Pharma at it again.

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, skipping java when you’re hung over may—or may not—be a good idea, Brick says. You may wind up layering a pounding caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of your hangover woes when you miss your regular morning fix.

That said, caffeine narrows your blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. "Both of these may make the hangover worse," Brick says. "If you drink coffee regularly, you might try a very small amount in the morning. Wait 30 to 60 minutes and see how you feel."


If you hit the sauce, skip the bean.

Conventional wisdom holds that the dehydration caused by heavy drinking is what makes you feel so sick the next day. In fact, experts actually know very little about what causes a hangover. Potential culprits include disrupted biological rhythms or even alcohol withdrawal, and research suggests that congeners—toxic substances found in alcohol, especially dark liquors such as whiskey—may also play a role.

Nevertheless, replacing the fluid you've lost will likely help you feel a little less miserable. "Juice, water, Gatorade, all those things—they're going to make you feel better," says Dr. Cutler.


Here's your gatorade sponsorship.

For women who have PMS-related pain such as cramping, breast tenderness, backaches, or headaches, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can provide some relief.

These include ibuprofen (Advil and similar drugs) and naproxen (Aleve).

Or you can try over-the-counter remedies specifically aimed at PMS like Pamprin and Midol. These often combine some sort of pain reliever with caffeine.


You too, guys.

A gentle workout could help you feel better, if you can manage it (and that's a big if).

"Remember: If you've been drinking heavily, you could be a little dehydrated, you could be metabolically behind on your nutrition, and exercise is going to require hydration and nutrition," Dr. Cutler says. "Exercise is always the right thing to do, but I don't think [on] the morning you wake up with a hangover, exercise is what you need." What you really need is rest, he adds.


Sit on your ass, the doctor said so.

Think you can "sweat out" the alcohol and other toxins you may have consumed during a night of partying? Think again. A sauna can cause potentially dangerous blood vessel and blood flow changes in your body. "The last thing you need is to disrupt the normal blood-flow patterns by extreme heat," Dr. Cutler says.

If you're already somewhat dehydrated, excessive sweating can be harmful, and even deadly. Researchers from the Finnish State Alcohol Company's Research Laboratories, in Helsinki, warn that sauna bathing while hung over carries "real health risks," including dangerous drops in blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.


Not such a hot idea, after all.

People sleep poorly after a night of drinking. Alcohol will put you to sleep quickly, but when it begins to wear off several hours later, the withdrawal your body feels can disrupt sleep and jolt you awake. Although sleep deprivation won't by itself cause a hangover, it definitely can make the symptoms feel worse.

If you have the luxury of "sleeping it off" the next day, do so. Your foggy brain and achy body will thank you. "The body’s got an amazing capacity to heal on its own," says Dr. Cutler.

In the end, the only surefire treatment for a hangover is time.


Or death.
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Bacon butty, copious amounts of Lucozade and main claims of 'never again'

Works every time.
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#5
I drank PBR last night. Each sip made me want to barf. That's what happens when you drink $0.75 beer.
#6
I've had a few workouts while hungover. All but one one resulted in me feeling markedly better by the end. The tipping point was around halfway through the workout. Shitty feelings kept building up until eventually they vanished.

That being said, I get terrible hangovers, and they are the limiting factor in my drinking.
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never get hangovers hmu
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@Erik: That's cuz you don't drink enough.

Pansy.

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#11
I still say a couple drinks the next day is good as long as you're eating and drinking some normal liquid too.
#12
just drink a lot of water when you start coming down & head out for some poutine or something

i haven't had a hangover in a long time. i don't drink as much as i used to though. kinda shocking really, this entire year's been an exercise in bullshit.




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I got re-drunk, has a bacon/egg/avocado/kale sandwich, along with a packet of Emergen-C, and feel fan-fucking-tastic!
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I dont think I've ever had a hangover


Obviously you've never played any drinking games with girls then
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#18
I avoid hangovers by staying drunk.

But seriously you have to consume as much water as possible before going to sleep and make sure you have a glass/bottle of water within reach for when you wake up. Then have something greasy for breakfast; bacon and eggs or cheese on toast usually works for me although I'm not sure how much of that is a placebo but it works for me.

EDIT:
Also vitamin rich juices with breakfast.
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It's the protein^
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It's the protein^

I like to think it's the grease making the alcohol its bitch cos science or something.
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"Alcohol interferes with the body's production of the Anti-Diuretic Hormone, which tells your body when it should and shouldn't get rid of excess water. The effect is that you get rid of tons of water that you actually need, as well as a lot of salts and electrolytes.

Secondly, and more importantly, is the way that your body processes alcohol. In processing alcohol, the body creates other toxic chemicals, including formic acid, which is thought to be responsible for many of the hangover symptoms. By introducing new toxins into your body (such as capsaicin, the toxin which makes spicy food spicy), your body temporarily turns away from alcohol processing, delay or eliminating a lot of your symptoms. Likewise for high-fat, high-protein foods. "
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I heard the jury's still out on "science".
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#23
Just don't go to sleep drunk. Pound water once you get home till you sober up. Hangover averted.

The only times I've ever gotten hangovers is when I've been near-blackout trashed and fell asleep still hammered.
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Yup. Wait it out. Wait and wait and wait. Drink water, eat protein, and wait it out. Then finally, sleep.
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#25
listen, this is no set of rules, i'm not telling you what to do
all i'm saying is that i'm bringing up like three things that are like so important to the whole world
that i don't have to find much importance in
#26
It's hard to science...
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I've had a few workouts while hungover. All but one one resulted in me feeling markedly better by the end. The tipping point was around halfway through the workout. Shitty feelings kept building up until eventually they vanished.

That being said, I get terrible hangovers, and they are the limiting factor in my drinking.

Yeah. I rarely get hangovers, but a nice lifting session the next day always makes me feel better.
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listen, this is no set of rules, i'm not telling you what to do
all i'm saying is that i'm bringing up like three things that are like so important to the whole world
that i don't have to find much importance in

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#32
no hangovers with heroin
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Oh wait, that's the whole point actually.
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Eating, and drinking a few glasses of water before bed usually work well for me. I rarely ever get any bad hangovers though, even back when I used to drink a lot.


I do remember taking an alka-seltzer once when I had one of those really awful hangovers where it hurts to think, and it somehow worked wonders.
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Gatorade, vitamin vit B6, vit B12, vit D, and Valium get it done for me. but i don't ever get hangovers. maybe its because i am always drinking and don't stop.

i haven't been hung over in a LONG time. but the few times i have in the last few years i have... well... sunk at a sink or swim on shitty beer... is only when i get one.
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#40
It's like I'm screaming into a wall:





Never not worked for me. Take one before you drink and one before you sleep. If they look like condom packets, it's because they're sexual protection between your soul and diarrhea.
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