November 25, 2013

Hangover Tips

Seeing as we are coming up on a holiday full of eating and drinking, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on drinking.

Being a health professional, someone who has been hungover, and someone who is able to combat hangovers I feel like I can give out some advice...

So everyone knows to hit the water. One glass of water per glass of alcohol. 

There is a lot of sugar in most drinks, and after you are done drinking your blood sugar drops and it worsens your hangover symptoms. Drink some Gatoraid for best results or apple or cranberry juice. Those are the juices softest on the stomach.

Avoid coffee. The caffeine will further dehydrate you.

As for hair of the dog, I am personally not a fan of that route in curing a hangover. But if you are, there is a reason that a Bloody Mary is a breakfast drink. While your blood is focusing on the new alcohol, the tomato and celery will be replenishing some of your vitamins.

Bananas are full of potassium, which is lost when you drink. A potassium deficiency can also make you throw up, give cramps and make you feel nauseous, so eating a banana can make you feel better if you can stomach it. Try it on a piece of bread. The carb will help soak up the alcohol.

Please watch your painkillers. People often reach for the aspirin, ibuprofen (advil), and acetaminophen (tylenol) first. This can be bad. Aspirin and ibuprofen are blood thinners. Wouldn't want any stomach bleeding when your liver is tired. Alcohol magnifies the effects of these pain killers effects. Oh and Tylenol, it is metabolized via your liver meaning that would be really really mean to your liver. Basically further trashing yourself.

Those are a few of my top tips.
Be safe and have fun this Thanksgiving!

This advice online does not negate what your medical professional says after an examination. If you have worries, concerns, or problems in relation to drinking, please see your trusted medical professional!


  1. I always try to eat a slice of bread and drink a glass of water before bed after I've been drinking. I didn't realize that ibuprofen could be bad to take, I guess it didn't click that it was a blood thinner ha ha.

  2. I love these tips :) my husband is rehydrating fool. He will down 3 bottles of water and a bottle of Gatorade before hitting the pillow. He's the hangover beating master.


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