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February 4, 2008

How To Cure A Hangover

By Joanne Redder

Last night was fantastic. You met up with George and the two of you headed out on the town, where the champagne was flowing freely and you were on top of the world. Little did you know that you’d need to cure a hangover the next morning.

You wake up, bleary eyed, recollecting all the things that happened last night and then, you smile. It was great; it was a fantastic night and you’re so happy you decided to go. Then, as you try to lift yourself up, you realize that your head is pounding and your mouth feels like someone poured sand in it.

You, my friend, are hungover and you what you need is a fast acting cure. And while you might not want to try all of them, sometimes, to cure a hangover, you need to do whatever it takes.

Cure a hangover tip #1

If you don’t have to go anywhere, don’t. Stay in bed and try to get some more rest. The more time you give your body to recuperate from the high blood alcohol levels you exposed it to, the better.

Try to sleep and if you can’t get any shut eye, just lay there and close your eyes or stare into space. Watching television and reading will force your eyes to focus and that will only intensify the headache.

Cure a hangover tip #2

You probably weren’t drinking any water between all those shooters and drinks last night, so your mission for today is to get as much hydration as you can. Water is your friend, so keep some by you all day long.

As well, try to get your hands on a sports drink like Gatorade, that contains electrolytes and will help to replenish and refuel your body.

Cure a hangover tip #3
Vitamin C

After the number you did on your liver last night, you will need your fill of vitamin C. Not only will it help to minimize the damage to your liver caused by your partying, it will also give you a boost of energy.

Take a chewable vitamin C pill on 3 different occasions during the day so that your body can keep up its work to undo the damage you did last night.

Cure a hangover tip #4
Bloody Mary

I know, I know, how could the very thing that put you in this situation claim itself as a cure the next day? But the tomato juice helps you to absorb the alcohol more quickly and the vodka tends to help your body deal with the alcohol depletion.

Mix 1.5 ounces of vodka with 3 ounces tomato juice, 3 drops Tabasco sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and some lemon juice. Drink up.

Cure a hangover tip #5
Pain killer

Whether you’re preferred brand is Tylenol, Aspirin or Advil, take two pills (if you don’t plan on vomiting) with plenty of water and take it easy. At least it will help to ease the pounding headache.

If you are still vomiting, however, don’t bother taking any pills; they taste awful coming back up and will serve no purpose.

Cure a hangover tip #6
Fruit juices and honey contain fructose, which is believed to help your body burn through the alcohol more quickly, and that’s a terrific thing. And while fruit has the same effect, I doubt you’ll want to sit around peeling oranges all morning.

Pour yourself a glass of OJ and drink up. If Screwdrivers were your poison of choice last night, however, avoid the OJ and take down a tablespoon of honey instead.

Cure a hangover tip #7
Eat breakfast

You might think that food is the most disgusting thing at this very moment (although the 10 Cosmos you had last night are pretty close as well), eating breakfast will definitely help to cure what ails you.

Whether it’s a greasy concoction of bacon and eggs or a bowl of cereal with a glass of juice, eating when you wake up will help to nourish and replenish your body.

Cure a hangover ASAP

It’s not easy to have the foresight to avoid a hangover when you’re partying up a storm, so sometimes you end up paying the price the next day and need to cure a hangover upon opening your eyes.

And while you keep promising yourself that this is the very last time you will ever do this, I bet you’ll be back here in a couple weeks’ time to get the cure you need.

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