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Hangover, Hangover, Hangover…

… Hangover, so the song goes…

A heavy night
A heavy night drinking..

Friday (the 14th, thankfully!) had arrived and fortunately I had a good night’s sleep prior so I woke up feeling as fresh as a daisy which was important considering I had a day out at Go Ape scheduled with University! That’s right, we went to Go Ape (the place with trees to climb, zip wires to fly down and nets to land into) as part of a team building trip, and it was great fun albeit quite tiring. I wasn’t ready for the night ahead of me…

I had planned a night out for a while and having not been out (out) for what seemed like ages, I was looking forward to it. Fast forward the night and the next morning a killer hangover kicked in. Aches and pains from Go Ape coupled with excessive alcohol consumption probably wasn’t a great idea in hindsight, but that’s another story…

You’re probably asking yourself “what is the point in this blog post?” and I’m going to tell you. I suffer with severe hangovers that can last ages and affect any productivity for the coming days so it’s important I keep them under control or miss out on valuable time working on assignments, writing blogs and socialising – there’s already too little time in the week! So here’s some tips I use to (at least partially) manage my hangovers!

  1. Don’t mix drinks

Mixing drinks is one of the main contributors to BAD hangovers. This has been proven time and time again and I can certainly vouch for that. On nights that I stick to the same drinks (whether that be beers, spirits or wine) I generally wake up feeling slightly better – try it and see if it makes a difference for you.

2. Water

Drink water! Whatever the source...
Drink water! Whatever the source…

Before, after and in the middle. Drinking water helps to keep you hydrated. Start the night off with a glass of water and finish it with one, as soon as you get back! You’ll thank yourself for it. As soon as you wake up do the same and the hangover from hell will slowly start to disappear. In between drinks, a glass of water can not only keep you hydrated in the hot clubbing environment, but also prevent you from drinking so much – save money and feel better in the morning.

3. Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Sent from heaven.
Sent from heaven.

In addition to various supplements such as red ginseng, ginger and prickly pear, eating the correct food throughout the day can turn a bad hangover into something significantly less severe. It’s not recommended to eat fatty fast foods despite the craving, but I usually have a full English breakfast anyway! It might be a placebo but it definitely works in some kind of way! For lunch and dinner eating clean can help to make you feel healthy and the hangover to vanish.

Please note, the above tips do work to an extent, but remember, the only way to eliminate any chance of a hangover is to not drink at all! I could have told you that in the title alone, but let’s be honest, you wouldn’t have read a word more, would you…?

Neither would I!