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Hangovers

The commonest symptom of a hangover is a headache, sometimes accompanied by nausea, fatigue and dehydration. To alleviate any of the above symptoms try the following:

  • Drink plenty of water to replenish lost fluids.


  • Take vitamin C supplements to help your body to eliminate the alcohol faster.


  • Drink mint tea to calm an upset stomach.


  • Drink an infusion of willow bark. Willow bark contains the same painkilling compound as aspirin - salicylic acid - but it won't cause a stomach upset.

Also

Prevention
The best way to avoid a hangover is to avoid excessive amounts of alcohol.

Just before you go out - and also while you're partying-line your stomach with milk and milk products.

Fill up on bulky foods, such as bread and pasta, to slow the absorption of alcohol into the blood.

Avoid red wine and such dark liquors as rum; they contain more impurities that intensify a hangover.

Mix your drinks with fruit juice or plain water - carbonated water speeds the absorption of alcohol - or down a glass of water after every alcoholic drink.

Treatment
Before going to bed, drink at least 1 pint/570ml of water or juice.

The morning after, drink more water and juice. Avoid caffeine; it dehydrates the system. Eat easy-to-digest foods - cereal and milk, toast and fruit. (Skip eggs, which are difficult to digest.)

Honey or a sweet drink may raise a low blood sugar level reduced after drinking alcohol.

Paracetamol will ease a headache, but avoid aspirin, which may upset your stomach. For an upset stomach, try mint tea or an antacid.